WorkWise BlogTip: Best first jobs are a learning experience

culp@workwise.netApril 21, 2013 

TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS

Richard Hayman spent 30 years in a family business, leaving only after he and his brother built and subsequently sold it to a large public company (hayman.com). Hayman always scouted for good hires. When his daughter was a newly minted 1990 college graduate, she joined the team and job-hunted for the job she really wanted.

One day the young employee asked for pointers for her cover letter. Hayman advised her to say that she wanted “to learn and was ‘very coachable,’” he says. “I never read a cover letter where the applicant tried to impress me with a willingness to be more than cooperative and anxious to learn.”

Where should she hunt in that terrible job market? Hayman considers the best first jobs a learning experience. “I can't begin to tell you how shocked I was when she fielded a call and told the caller she already had a job,” he recalls. “That's when I knew she was sticking around.”

He thought.

Six months later, he fired her “for just being a 22-year-old and needing to grow up someplace else,” Hayman comments. “She returned after thinking about it over the weekend saying she wanted to grow up in the family business.” She’d unfired herself.

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