Quiz: Determine whether you have a ‘can do’ or ‘can’t do’ attitude

If you fall into the ‘can do’ category, you’re probably wearing shades—you know, because your future is so bright.

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My frustration grew, not necessarily because of the lack of quality, but more because of this person’s “can’t do” attitude. I proceeded to give several simple solutions to overcoming her perceived challenges.

HR professionals and corporate friends frequently cite a lack of initiative and problem-solving ability as their biggest frustration with employees and interns. Here is a quick test to see whether you are a “can do” or a “can’t do” performer.

1. When faced with a challenging assignment, do you:

a) Quickly get overwhelmed and list (out loud or in your head) all of the problems you might face in completing the task?
b) Get excited to show your strategic thinking and creative abilities?

2. The career search is overwhelming. To increase your chances of scoring a great job do you:

a) Post your résumé on several career sites so a lot of employers will see your information?
b) Customize your résumé and cover letter for every job you see, read industry publications to identify companies that are thriving, find the contact person for whom you wish to work, and apply for informational interviews even if there isn’t a public job listing?

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