When to say you know how

I was trying to think of what I wanted to call this post. The first title I wrote down was ‘When to say ou are experienced", but that doesn’t quite have the meaning I am looking for. What I am looking for is the notion that you can’t apply for a job unless you know how to do the job.

They say that women, as a whole, don’t say they know how to do the job unless they have close to all the job skills, and know them well, while men figure they can wing it if they can get in the door. I go with the way that they way that men think (and this may have changed, since I read this study), because since the first job I got, I have said I have skills that I don’t have…or have very little of. But, and this is a big but, I am very good at learning on the job, and for my first job, I had enough knowledge to get the job done.

My first job was for an advertising firm who needed someone know knew Illustrator (this was back in 1986, just a bit since it had come out, because they needed someone to transfer bit mapped logos into scalable logos. I had fooled around with the program, and not much more, but I knew I could learn by doing, and so I did. My boss later said, that all the new software that came out, she learned by doing a real project on it, and I have done the same ever since.

And in the this world, sometimes that is the only way to really learn a program, or get a job, especially with new and changing software coming out all the time. I made the mistake of saying I didn’t know "WordPress" for a prospect, when I should have said I was familiar with it, because I knew others who had used it, and I could have gotten a book on it, which i did. After that, the next time I was asked, I said that I did know the program, got the job, and learned by doing.

On the other hand, I do get work from one of my colleagues simply because she doesn’t want to learn new software, so perhaps it doesn’t work for everyone.


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