Professional Feature: Results Oriented


About The Professional Feature 'Results Oriented'

If you are result-oriented, you make an active effort to achieve concrete results and / or objectives. In case of setbacks you don't give up and keep the plot in mind.

What does that mean in concrete terms?

Suppose you work as a translator at a small translation agency. At the start of the week you will be assigned a large translation assignment from an important client. The deadline for the translation is set at three o'clock on Friday afternoon. Before you get started, first plan how many words you need to translate per day to complete the assignment. After all, meeting the deadline is the first goal and that is not possible without proper planning. In addition, you naturally want the translated text to be of a particularly good quality, so that both the client and your employer are satisfied with your work. In short, you set specific goals for yourself. In addition, you always want to surpass yourself. For example, because you work so purposefully that you can hand over the assignment to the customer on Thursday.

Result orientation also means that your focus is on what comes out of your hands: the result. The way in which something comes about is less important to you. Issues such as making a plan and going through a step-by-step plan only serve as tools to drag in the end result. That is why you make targeted and efficient choices during translation, for example by consulting a good internet source where you can find the information you need most quickly. You also work accurately and don't stop until you've achieved your goal or result. After all, this way you perform faster and better.

You can't be result-oriented only at work. You can also set concrete goals for improving a social skill or other personal quality. For example: you want to be more flexible towards your colleagues and develop more discipline. Or you actively contribute to a pleasant atmosphere in your team.

Which competencies are involved?

- Perseverance: You continue to achieve the stated result.
- Analytical insight: You come up with solutions that help you achieve your goal quickly and focused.
- Accurate. You work carefully: what you produce must be of a high quality level.
- Decisive: Having to make quick and clear choices regularly is no problem for you.
- Dare: You know what you want and use all kinds of (risky) methods that bring your goal closer.

How do you show that you are result-oriented when applying?

You apply for a position as a result -oriented assistant publisher. What would they mean by that? You work as a publisher with specific commercial objectives. Great ideas from authors are always welcome, but you will have to test whether it fits the target group and whether the idea contributes to the intended sales results. That is probably what they mean, is the conclusion you draw.

You are now a communication officer at a well-known museum. You make the brochures, put out advertisements and supervise the creation of special catalogs (for temporary exhibitions) of the museum. Your approach is very result-oriented, specially for the industry in which you work. For each exhibition the management determines the target group and an objective for the number of visitors. You then set out a communication strategy to get more than the intended number of visitors to the museum. It's always nice to exceed expectations, that's what you go for. You do everything to do that. You also see the sales figures of that modern artist's catalog as feedback on your performance.

You write this in your letter and prepare the example according to the STAR method for your job interview.

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