“[Companies] just want to know why they should date you.”
-Don Bora (follow him on twitter!)
I’m not into self-aggrandizement, so I don’t think about why anyone should “date” me. But after meeting up with Don Bora and Dave Levine for lunch on Thursday, they managed to convince me that answering, “Why should we hire you?” with “Nur, I dunno,” was probably a bad idea.
I needed a better answer, so I wrote one. It may not be the best, but it is, in fact, better than, “herp derp.”
If job hunting was like putting up a personal ad, mine would look like this:
You’re passionate about helping people achieve their dreams. You’re dedicated to honest communication. You believe that life is an art, and that character is a requirement, not a benefit. You promote compassion for all people.
I strive for mastery. I love helping people. I am passionate about what I do.
I try to work smarter, harder, and longer, in that order. I push myself to find my limits and redefine them. I value people with wisdom and experience, and I go out of my way to learn from them. I strive for mastery.
I love enabling people to do what they could not before. For me, teaching is the natural extension of learning. I am fiercely loyal to my values and to the communities and individuals who share them. I give back by connecting, by organizing, and by evangelizing. I love helping people.
I believe in our ability to change ourselves and the world around us, and I believe in living life to its fullest. I believe in the quest for truth in a subjective world. I believe in humanity, compassion, and kindness. I am passionate about many things (programming, tricking, writing, and dance, among others) because they have been the paths by which I have come to my beliefs. I will pursue them as long as I continue to learn – as long as I live. I am passionate about what I do.
Finally, I try not to take anything too seriously. Life is a game, after all, and there’s something to laugh about in everything.
You can get my resume and my writing samples or you can audition me, but, ultimately, this is why we should date.
Many, many thanks to Don for talking me out of shooting myself in the foot whenever I open my mouth.