About comfort zones

“Do one thing  every day that scares you”, Eleanor Roosevelt said or “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grow’s there”, a popular quote you run into while scrolling through all social media. But what is it about comfort zones? And how do you define the borders of your own?

Melody Wilding wrote an inspiring article (“Please stop telling me to leave my comfort zone”) about the comfort zone in The Boundaries Issue of the Anxy Magazine. She “learned the hard way to define – and, more important, to honor – the boundaries of my comfort zone.” A friend of mine showed me this article and asked what I thought about it. I do admit, this article raised mixed feelings about my own ideas about staying in or leaving my comfort zone. I do know that leaving it – leaving my anxiety about it aside – makes me eventually enjoy the meetings with new people and impressions, because I know that it triggers my creativity and boosts my career. A comfort zone though, offers a basis of rest and it allows me to grow healthy and gradual.

This article also reminded me about an introvert and rather shy student I once supervised. He absolutely needed comfort and it was difficult for him to look beyond the borders of his comfort zone. After a while, at a point he started to see his own possibilities, he said to me: “If I really want something, I have to take action.” And this is exactly the path I wish to follow with Scriptiewijzer and buro dijkstra while supervising.

buro dijkstra & comfort zones

Together with the students and young professionals, I try to figure out which choices need action and therefore, which steps have to be made out of one’s own comfort zone. If you step ‘blindly’ out of your comfort zone, it results too many times in nothing. This doesn’t help you grow as an individual. Or as Wilding put is, “it means taking on challenges deliberately, but only after having thought long and hard about my qualifications and carefully laying out each step. It means playing to my strengths.” This summarizes everything for me. Dare to choose, then you dare to make the steps you need to take.

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Professional positioning

– applying for jobs

“Because of her professional point of view, she knows what companies look for and how this can be written into your CV and letter of motivation.”

Imagine… you have spotted the perfect job. For a shot at the job, you only need to follow the link at the bottom of the ad and upload your CV and letter of motivation. The CV is easy, because you have all the necessary experience. You might make some final changes to the lay-out, but other than that you’re set. And that letter of motivation? A piece of cake, because it’s clear-cut that you are the right person for this job… Piece of cake, right?

Reality is often different. Writing a cover letter usually involves writing, deleting, rewriting, more deleting, and more rewriting. It takes a lot of time and creativity to convey that you are that one enthusiastic, interesting, and capable candidate the company is looking for. This means that you will have to make choices about the highlighted contents of both your CV and your letter of motivation. You are, in fact, already positioning yourself in advance and that requires a professional approach.

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Professioneel positioneren

– bij solliciteren

“Door haar professionele kijk weet ze waar bedrijven op letten en hoe je dit kunt verwerken in je CV en motivatiebrief.”

Stel je eens voor… je hebt de perfecte baan gezien. Om kans te maken op deze baan, hoef je alleen maar via de link onderaan de advertentie jouw CV en motivatiebrief up te loaden. Het CV is simpel, want alle benodigde ervaring heb jij in huis. Misschien nog wat aanpassingen qua lay-out maar meer niet. En de motivatiebrief? Die is zo geschreven, want het is duidelijk waarom jij super geschikt bent voor deze baan… Helder en eenvoudig toch?

De praktijk is vaak anders. Het schrijven van een sollicitatiebrief betekent doorgaans schrijven, schrappen, herschrijven, schrappen en weer herschrijven. Het vergt tijd en creativiteit om goed te formuleren waarom jij die enthousiaste, interessante en kundige kandidaat bent die het bedrijf zoekt. Dat betekent keuzes maken in wat je naar voren laat komen in zowel het CV als de motivatiebrief. Eigenlijk ben je dus vooraf al aan het positioneren en dat vergt een professionele aanpak.

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The Importance of Talent Programs

The win-win effect of talent programs

Before we can expand on the importance of Talent Programs, we have to discuss the need of emotional intelligence for everyone who wants to achieve something in their (working) life. Daniel Goleman (1998) wrote an interesting article, “What Makes a Leader?”, in which he outlines that well-developed emotional intelligence makes a leader more competent:  ‘IQ and technical skills are important, but emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership’ (94). Although the function of emotional intelligence in leadership is worth it writing about, this article focuses mainly on the effects of it towards talent programs. Though, we have to list the elements of emotional intelligence.

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