Perfect on Paper

by Joe Lavelle on October 13, 2009

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In my newly-released book, Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail, I share how you can become the most desirable employee possible.  I offer specific, concrete steps that will benefit you in accelerating your career and earning that promotion or pay raise that you have in your sights.  I am excited that the book is finally available for purchase and I hope that you will check it out and then let me know what you think.

If you want an example, in terms of character and loyalty, of the exact opposite approach that you should take toward your profession, then I suggest you check out a recent article on the CNN website entitled “The Nightmare Employee.” When I first saw the title, I expected to read about someone who chronically shows up late for meetings, submits sloppy work, or spends hours gossiping with a co-worker.  However, these typical problems were not the focus of the article.

Jay Goltz, who owns several businesses in the Chicago area and is the author of The Street-Smart Entrepreneur, shares his experience with unknowingly hiring an embezzler.  The guy looked wonderful on paper.  He had been a long-term employee for a boss who spoke very highly of him, he had a lot of training, and he requested information about the software used in the office before his first day so that he could be effective immediately.  However, this perfect employee quit two weeks later and the next day Mr. Goltz received a phone call from the FBI.  It turns out this great worker, in addition to what he put on his resume, had prior experience in embezzling.  And, he had used this knowledge to take $75,000 from Mr. Goltz.  (The money was returned to Mr. Goltz by the affected banks upon discovery of the crime.)

So, here’s a guy who looks like a great catch for any employer.  The reality, however, is that his intentions were hardly in the best interest of the company.  While I am certain that no one reading this blog plans to steal from his or her employer, it is good to remember that loyalty goes a long way.  Employers want to know that you are invested in the success of the company and that you are always looking for ways to improve the bottom line for everyone in the office.

Make sure you do at least one thing this week that reminds your employer that you are an integral part of the professional team and that the company’s success matters to you.

Additionally, I am pleased to announce that Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail is now available on Amazon in paperback and inKindle format.  Please check it out!

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