I don’t actually work for Buffer.  I want to work for Buffer.  I’m acting as if and doing the work now so they can see I’m truly passionate about working for them.  Let’s just call this my pre-emptive job interview.

bob(Think Bill Murray doing the baby steps in What About Bob.)

C’mon Gil! Time to go to work. 

I love Buffer so I’ve been stalking the company all over the internet.  When I discovered they were hiring and what sort of organization and work environment they had, I knew I wanted in.  The problem is EVERYBODY wants to work for organizations like Buffer and thousands of people can compete for a single spot there.

If at First You Don’t Succeed

I tried applying once before and was politely turned down.

In my infinitely positive way, I looked at myself as a candidate.  I had given very short answers to their initial queries.  How would they get to know me through those?  Ahh…rookie mistake.  I also hadn’t done much current blogging.  Of course they’d Google me and see me all over the place, but they wouldn’t really have any idea of my recent growth and who I was at the time.  Another rookie mistake.  As a social media strategist and manager, I knew better.

I don’t blame you for turning me down, Buffer.  I didn’t bring you my A-Game.  My bad.

Try, Try Again

Buffer-Values-e1417635934521-1024x897So this time, I’m bringing it.  I’ve applied for an opening as a Happiness Hero at Buffer.

Happy is good.  Heroes are good.  I try to make people happy whenever I have an opportunity but how cool would it be to have this awesome product (several products, actually) that make people’s lives easier and then be the person entrusted with the magic wand to spread fairy dust on top of all of it?  How cool indeed!

A New Tactic

This time, I’m changing my tactic.  Buffer is very conscious of their core values because they represent the culture at Buffer so I aim to show them how I use these core values every day and will be a great fit in their company.

Courtney Seiter (who I am a great fan of) wrote a fabulous article on the 10 Buffer Values and how they act on them every day.  Check it out here.

So let’s get started!

Core Value #1

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Positivity is important to me.  I have a paperback copy of Napoleon Hill’s Success Through a Positive Attitude that is so dog-eared the corners are rounded.  It’s a book, but Ive been using it as a workbook for the past 30 years.  Without positivity, what’s the use?  No, I’ve seen negativity and choose not to go there.  I’d rather be positive and happy so I choose to be positive and happy.  Sure, I have my days, I’m not Pollyanna, but my default setting is positive.

When something unpleasant happens, rather than looking for a place to lay the blame, I try to ask myself what my part was in it.  What could I have done better?  Was there something I didn’t communicate?  How can I do better in the future and what can I do to make this right now?

I try not to complain.  It never helps a situation.  When my cat pukes on the floor, I may wince and say “Aww, crap!” when I’m surprised by stepping in it, but the big concern is “why is Princess stressed out and vomiting?”

Letting people save face is important because things can escalate to awful heights if you don’t.  One of my early jobs was working at Walt Disney World Reservations.  Now planning our vacation at Walt Disney World is serious stuff and people get pretty excited for good reason but, it can be devastating when they accidentally plan a birthday breakfast on the wrong day of their vacation.  What I loved about working there was we could be the fairy godmothers – we were empowered to fix anything.

Giving genuine appreciation is so easy to do, but we so often forget.  My partner is smart, sexy and really passionate about the creative work he does.  I look for appropriate moments to remind him how much I admire that.  My kids are smart – I mean, really smart.  I know, I know, everybody thinks their kids are smart but you can say any dinosaur name and my 8-year-old will tell you how big it was, what it ate, and what it’s defenses were.  My 11-year-old will be happy to explain the physics of a space elevator and the type of orbit it needs to be in so that it doesn’t get flung out to space.  These guys did this studying on their own and deserve the praise I give them.  But they’re kids, so they often forget to put their dirty dishes in the sink.  That’s why I praise and thank them whenever they do.  Positive reinforcement goes so much further than negative reinforcement.

I’m not perfect, but I think I’m pretty much in line with Core Value #1.

Let’s tackle #2, Default To Transparency, tomorrow.