Better together

Sometimes when you’re so used to being independent and doing things alone, the idea of collaboration and working together is unappealing. After all, your past has shown that you don’t need to work with someone else to get things done, so why should you change that.

However, sometimes from collaborating with others it allows us to focus on our strengths. We’re then able to produce something that is much better than if we were to try and do everything.

For example, lets say that you work in product photography/prop styling.

A job may require someone to source props, someone to come up with a theme and provide creative direction, the stylist who puts the props together and then a photographer to take the photos.

Just because you can do all those jobs yourself, doesn’t mean you should. You may be an amazing prop stylist but if you’re not really a photographer maybe working with one would help you produce better results. And of course you can learn new skills but sometimes trying to split yourself between too many things just reduces your ability to do any one thing well. This then brings brings down the overall quality of the final result.

And so, maybe it’s worth shifting our perspective to realise that sometimes things might be good when we do them alone but they’ll be better if we do them together.

Almost qualified

One of the reasons a person will not apply for a job is not feeling qualified enough, feeling as though they fall short.

And if you’re a chef looking at a vacancy for a senior engineer, you’re right.

But when you find a role that is similar to what you have experience in whether it is the same field or you just have have transferable skills, why not go for it.

You don’t need to meet every requirement on the vacancy to actually get the job. And you definitely don’t need to be dishonest on your application.

Each company will do things differently so even if you have done it before you’ll probably have to learn it in a new way.

It’s easy to get put off by something you haven’t done before but it’s also important to remember that it might not be difficult just because it’s new.

When it comes to applying for a job you don’t have to meet everything specified in the job description, almost qualified is good enough.

It’s the kind of situation where you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.