Although the WiscJobs announcement for Psychiatric Care Technician (and Psychiatric Care Technician – Advanced) neither required nor allowed a cover letter to be uploaded as part of the employment-application submission, I wrote my own list of “selling points” in preparation for the job interview with the Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) / Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WisDHS).
4 Assets I Bring To The Role Of Psychiatric Care Technician
1) I’m punctual, and have references to prove this.
During my 3 years packing cheese for Saputo Cheese USA, I never missed a day and was never late. (Neither was I written-up for other reasons, which begs the question as to why Saputo would release me in-the-first-place.)
2) I’m physically fit, especially for a college grad.
Years of hard labor have prepared me to work physically-demanding jobs for the long-term. While others might be dissuaded from commitment to such work, I realize that even if this opportunity does not correlate with career-advancement prospects, I’m capable of handling the work for decades-to-come.
3) I’m accustomed to thinking quickly, e.g. “on my feet.”
My college degrees are but one indication of my enjoyment of engaged thought. My prior experience in a fast-paced production environment shows that I know when to curtail the “deep thought” and act reflexively, according to my training.
Knowing the difference between “time to think” and “time to act” is an invaluable asset that cannot be bought, but must be earned through consistent experience. Furthermore, I separate my “reflection time” from my “work time,” to reliably ensure present-mindedness.
4) I’m quicker to recover from exhaustion (emotionally and/or physically).
I know my “place in the world.” That is, I recognize the collective nature of deciding which occupations are “accessible,” such that I know better-than to invest in yet-another college degree that might never be validated as “valuable” by my would-be employers.
This conservation of resources empowers me to fully rest-and-recharge between shifts as psychiatric-care technician. Such economy-of-effort allows me greater focus and available energy vis-a-vis peers who might “stretch (themselves) thin” by attempting to work full-time -and- study part-time.
Also, harboring reasonable expectations allows me to minimize disappointment and to prevent waste of personal resources. Contrast this with those who nurture frustrated ambitions, ever-exhausting themselves in-pursuit of their delusions and having nothing-left to contribute towards legitimate work.
Conclusion: The Obvious Good Outweighs The Non-Obvious Bad
While Points 1 and 2 aren’t exactly “unique” selling propositions, they -are- must-have qualifications for this type of role. Point 3 is less-typically invoked by a job applicant; and Point 4 is simply unheard-of in our post-modern world of, “You can achieve any goal.”
However, Point 4 is perhaps the most-important to employers who desire minimal employee turn-over: Whereas the blue-sky worker might leave for an organization that has more ostensible “opportunities,” the realistic employee who “knows his place” will be loyal to the end.
Finally, any possible “bad points” — which I won’t brainstorm here, lest passionate imaginations be piqued in the wrong direction — are summarily-outweighed by the “good points” described herein.