Have you ever engaged someone to perform a particular service for you and been pleasantly surprised at the end to find that the workmanship and other aspects far exceeded your expectations? Often, this is because the person whom you engaged did a wonderful job and, even more, went above and beyond the call of duty.
Going above and beyond the call of duty will give your overall employability a huge boost, no matter where you previously stood on the employability scale. This is because employers will always give preference to employees who are able to add greater value to their work and to the company, over those how simply do just enough to avoid getting fired.
There are also a number of pointers that you should keep in mind when you decide to make use of examples of yourself going above and beyond the call of duty in the process of getting your job done. Following these pointers will help to make your resume more accessible and readable to potential employers, further increasing the chances of getting hired to do the job that you want to do.
Things To Remember when Giving Examples of Going Above and Beyond
The first thing to remember when it comes to giving examples of going above and beyond in the line of duty is to be specific. This means putting down as many details as you can remember about the exact event and the way in which you went above and beyond the call of duty and wherein you did more than you were expected to.
Of course, there are certain aspects of your going above and beyond the call of duty that you will wish to emphasize over others. The most important of those is to identify the principle that drove you in going above and beyond the call of duty in that particular instance. This principle should be applicable to a wide variety of situations, thus signifying to your potential employer that the example that you cited in your resume was not a one-off event, and that you will frequently go above and beyond the call of duty in the regular discharge of your responsibilities.
While it is good to provide your potential employer with as much information and detail about yourself and your appreciation for going above and beyond, you should also ensure that you do not come across as overly desperate or sycophantic. Some people, in an attempt to show that they go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis, merely demonstrate to potential employers that they are unstable and cannot be trusted to follow instructions to the letter when required to do so.
This should also serve as a reminder that any examples you include of yourself going above and beyond should be tempered by the knowledge that most potential employers seem to be self-contradictory. Somehow, most potential employers require that a potential employee be able to follow instructions to the letter, while still possessing enough independence to know when to depart from those instructions, without any further communication, for the good of the company. Your examples should therefore be geared towards showing potential employers the side of you that conforms to their notion of an ideal employee.
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