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Well Isn't that a Nice Surprise! good to know.

The saying "don't judge a book by its cover" has been around for many years. It still remains true and fits more situations than one might think; particularly in the work world. So often we assume so much about someone, if not based on how they look definitely by what they are hired to do. Most don't think the person hired to work in the accounting department would know much about graphic designs. Or the Administrative Assistant would be able to give a presentation to a Client about the pros and cons of hiring the firm for their services. The question on the table is: is this a positive in the work world or a negative?

The reason why this question is on the table, is because in some places this could hold you back if no one knows the many facets of your skill set. When the powers that be are determining who they should choose to lead a project or be a part of a team to sign a huge client, not knowing your other skills could keep you from being considered. So what can you do, in a culture where what they hire you for is all they want or expect of you? Bring it up whenever you can, hang up copies of your resume, send out emails listing the many things you can do? Correct answer, connect to the people and departments that so some of what you have a skill to do.

If you know a little something about graphic design, make some friends in the marketing and design department. Offer to help out when a team is putting together a presentation so people can see your speaking and presenting skills. To show off skills that are not what you actively do everyday takes a bit of upfront work, but it will benefit you in the long run.

I'm a book lover. I recently checked out a book I saw referenced in a magazine article. The cookbook is called Red Rooster Harlem by World Renowned Chef Marcus Samuelson. The article referenced the fried chicken recipe, which I'm not a big fan of but I have another cookbook by him so I decided to check it out. To my surprise the book is filled with not commonly known history about Harlem and the African American community in New York; who knew? It was all such a welcome surprise to find Marcus would be enamored with the history enough to include it in his book.

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