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A Personal Mission Statement

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Mission Statements & Your Job Search. Seriously. Even though you may not be writing a business plan in order to start a new business, having a mission statement can support your job search efforts.

During networking opportunities, we are often asked to introduce ourselves in 30 seconds, maybe 60 seconds if time allows. Other times, we introduce ourselves through sending out resumes, during interviews and maybe even career fairs. Our first impression always count, so I say – continue to hone that whenever possible.

What should your mission statement include? Here’s the short list:

  1. What do you do?
  2. How do you go about doing what you do?
  3. Whom do you do it for?
  4. What value do you bring to others when you do whatever it is you do?

So let’s pick a profession at random here so you can get a sense of what I’m talking about.

  • Home Health Care Worker: They provide (correct me if I’m wrong) supplemental support to an individual who needs monitoring, physical support and other medical or non-medical needs on a regular basis.
  • With proper training and certifications, work on behalf of an agency or independently to maintain a regular schedule of support to an individual in their home environment, maintaining safety, paying attention to their needs, informing doctors/family when necessary, possibly provide meal preparation, transportation or shopping services.
  • While the direct support and contact is to an individual or home-bound patient, most often this service is requested by a family member who cannot provide the appropriate level of care for a variety of reasons. typically a senior citizen with limited mobility or some level of medical need temporarily or long term;
  • The value is that the patient/individual is the priority, being observant and providing a safe, comfortable and nurturing experience during the scheduled time. The value is experienced by the family as well, in order to allow them to continue with their own work and other demands.

So, where can this mock-mission statement fit in to your job search? Two places come to mind. Your LinkedIn profile and on the cover letters you send out with your resumes. You do have a LinkedIn profile, don’t you? (13 Jul)

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