I write about “change” quite a bit. The ability to change with the times and roll with punches. One of the things that bothers me most is when some tells me that I need to do this or that because they have over (x) number of years of experience. I know life is the greatest teacher and experiences help you deal with a variety of issues. I know experience matters, but experience is just that, experience. You are not born with it. Someone gives you an opportunity based on your passion, skills, education, looks, or friendships. All these folks that say that they have 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years’ experience in the game, well guess what, you didn’t always have it and quite frankly I’d rather hear about your skills.
In addition to blogging on CostofWork, SmartRecruiters, Project Social and PerformanceIcreate, I do a little career coaching and one thing that I’m noticing is how drastically different the interview process is now. When I was a younger man, I remember being told to wear a suit, do not wear too much jewelry or cologne. Your suit should be navy or a nice neutral color. I was told men should not wear earrings, because that’s employment death. I was also told tattoos were a no-no too. All that is out the window now-a-days.
I had a client tell me that she went into an interview and she was greeted by a younger man that had visible tattoos and was cussing like Chris Rock. Yeah she’s heard it all before but usually not until she’s had the job and gotten comfortable with the co-workers. I had another person tell me that they showed up for an interview in a nice blue suit and was told “Wow, you are overdressed.”
I recently discovered a company that strongly suggests you do not wear a suit when interviewing with them.
America is more casual, doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, just new. It’s a changing of the guard. Times are different and you need to be able to adopt. Keep an opened mind. The new world CEO may or may not wear a suite anymore. Look at Mark Zuckerberg, he’s CEO of Facebook, Bitch! (that was on his business card; at least in the movie) He wore a hoodie as he met with Wall-Street executives which set off a firestorm of controversy. Suits vs. Hoodies the headlines read. It’s a different world.
Don’t judge! It’s just a Sign of the Times.