Professional Feature: Independence


About The Professional Feature 'Independence'

Independent people find it very important that they can organize their work according to their own insight. They are extremely independent, and sometimes a little self-willed.

There are positive and negative sides to independence. People who like to be independent, for example, don't always fit well into a team and are sometimes difficult to manage. On the other hand, they are not easily disconcerted, and are therefore suitable for functions where stability and a certain rigor are required.

What characterizes independent people?

Independent people like to go their own way. They find it important that they can design their work according to their own insight and thereby rely on their own judgment, skills and skills. Independent people are not easily beaten. They are independent and decisive. They quickly feel oppressed when they have to operate in a straitjacket. Independent people often have a broad view of the world and are usually full of confidence.

Independence / autonomy is one of the eight career or career anchors. If independence is an important career anchor for you, that means there is a fair chance that you will fail in a job that doesn't offer you sufficient independence. Conversely, in a job type that requires a lot of independence, you will have a good chance of success.

The importance of independence

- A lack of autonomy in work is an important source of stress. People who have the feeling that they can work fairly independently and who can decide for themselves exactly when to do what, feel less likely to be trapped by stress and high work pressure.
- People who feel independent in their work are more motivated.
- Looking for a new job or work direction? The best job hunt runs through networks and own initiative. The more independent you are in this, the more likely you will be to have surprising encounters. Those who wait patiently for a call from a recruitment agency can wait a long time.
- It is a misconception that groups make better decisions than an individual. That is why it can be useful to have one or more critical, independent thinkers in an organization. Such people can sometimes save an organization from collective error.

How can you prove independence when applying?

Suppose you are applying for a job as a senior management consultant. One of the job requirements in the advertisement is: 'independent'. What is meant by that? People will want you to be able to stand behind your advice, to come to well-founded judgments, and not to be able to express your opinion quickly. People are probably also looking for someone who is not too accommodating when a difficult process such as an organizational change has to take place at a client.

In your.application letter and the job interview, you will have to come up with examples that show that you've previously succeeded in giving advice that was difficult, but that you've nevertheless managed to put into the spotlight and have managed to land at an organization.

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