Okay, this one requires a thousand crying-laughing emojis.
A résumé writer colleague, Irene Marshall, who has become a dear friend over the years, has a talent for meeting people. During a casual conversation last night, she shared a story that I believe contributes majorly to her success as an executive résumé writer and career coach.
When she finds herself in a first-time encounter, she finds a moment to ask: "So why did you become [insert job title].?" (Notice the "why," not the "how.")
The beauty of the question is in the answer. Isn't it always?
Irene says she's learned all sorts of things about people over the years. From the physical therapist who broke her back as a child after a diving accident and dedicated her life to healing others to the tutor who started his life with a learning disorder.
But the story that takes the absolute cake is Irene's dermatologist.
Irene: "So why did you become a dermatologist?"
Dermatologist: "Well, I wanted a job in medicine where I could talk to my patients."
Irene (thinking:) "That makes sense, I'm sitting here talking to you."
Dermatologist: "But my husband is also a doctor and he wanted a job where he doesn't have to talk to patients.
Irene: "What does he do?"
Dermatologist: "He's an anesthesiologist."
I mean. For real?
Ah yes, friends. Tuck that question away for the next time you find yourself in a slightly (or entirely) awkward social situation.
You might just end up splitting your pants with laughter!