How many of you have actually put down multitasking as a key skill on your CV or cover letter?
That’s what I used to write thinking that being able to manage multiple things in a row was a good thing – wrong! With the fast paced environment we live and work in, it seems we are somewhat brainwashed into thinking this.
The problem is when you multitask or split your time doing several things at once- you don’t really put all your effort or focus into the task at hand.
You try it – try assigning a letter to a number and time yourself – lets go with the numbers 1-9 and the word happiness. Therefore you would write 1 and underneath it the letter ‘h’ then move across the page and write 2 with the letter ‘a’ underneath. Now try and do this as fast as possible.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
h a p p i n e s s
Did you make any mistakes, did you find it hard to do this fast?
Now time yourself writing the numbers 1-9 in one go and then write happiness underneath. What was your time?
A lot faster I bet. That’s because you were able to focus on giving your complete concentration to one task and as a result you could do it a lot more efficiently.
This was a very valuable lesson I learnt a few months back and an important concept to apply to everything and therefore I thought I would share. So next time you see a CV or cover letter stating “multitasking” as a skill, you might want to give your interviewee the heads up.
Peace, love, light and goodnight