One that’s sort of reminiscent of pirates.
Also one that I’d never heard before TFA started onboarding me (that just cannot be the correct usage, but you know what I mean), but that I’ve heard in multiple places since then. Vocab words are funny like that.
I’m certain that when TFA talks about onboarding, they’re referring to me coming on board with the organization. But, in my head, it always sounds like TFA is boarding me — which makes me feel sort of like a ship being boarded by pirates.
It’s early in my onboarding process (which means I’m only partly boarded?), but here’s what I have to do in the next two weeks:
Revise my resume (totally predictable and acceptable)
Submit a 3×5 professional picture (unexpected, but okay)
Submit a VIDEO of myself to be distributed to prospective employers (?!?)
I actually really understand the utility of the video, I do. The hardworking TFA staff down in South Louisiana is trying to get us hired ASAP (an objective I completely support) and since all us new CMs are in not-Louisiana, it’s going to be much easier to do if they can give the schools are better sense of who we are as people. Hence, the video.
But I HATE seeing myself on video. I’ve worked fairly hard NOT to appear on various people’s video cameras (hi mom!). And now I have to make a video and send it off to parts unknown?
On the upside, one of the reasons that I wanted to work with TFA in the first place is how reflective the organization is about its own practices, and I can see that in the onboarding procedure. Last year (pre-deferral), this process felt like a bunch of confusing busy work — none of the information was posted in the same place (so we’d get a giant email of stuff to do, but it would be full of links to other places with directions for completely other action items), and a lot of what we did was post comments about various readings and/or videos on TFA Net. So I wanted a nice timeline and list of action items and deadlines–all in one spot–and instead I felt like I was being sent on a treasure hunt for pertinent information. (Which also (partially) explains why I was occasionally blind-sided by something big and important that I hadn’t known I was supposed to do: I was paying attention to the wrong stuff.)
This time through, though, everything feels much better organized: like I know what coming up and when and why. Plus, the whole hiring process seems to be getting underway earlier, which I FULLY support. So even though I would not have willingly decided to submit a video…I will happily make one and send it along.
All this does make me wonder, though, how being boarded (ahem, I mean “onboarding”) goes in other regions. Does it tend to run the same way, or is each region totally unique? I’m curious.