Vulnerability has been on my mind this past week.
Then, I watched this great video featuring Brene Brown at TEDxHouston talking about vulnerability and the courage to be imperfect (see below).
Then, I remembered Keith Ferrazzi talking extensively about vulnerability as part of his online course on building stronger relationships.
Finally, I had an interesting discussion with one of my recruiting clients about a candidate whose lack of vulnerability sometimes caused her to become irrational and aggressive when thrust into situations where she wasn’t the expert. Based on a conversation with one of her prior bosses, this didn’t happen frequently, but when it happened, it was very disruptive. My client decided not to pursue her for a position for which she was highly qualified on paper.
What does all of this have to do with conducting a successful job search? Well, I think Hiring Managers are starting to realize that there is no such thing as the perfect candidate, and they are embracing those candidates who demonstrate vulnerability. For you, as a candidate, it means you need to develop a strong sense of what you’re really good it, but you also need to become aware of what you’re not so good at. You need to own your weaknesses. You need to be vulnerable. Only then will you find a job that’s a good fit for you.