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What do you think Benjamin Franklin would like to see in an employee?If you were...

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mathalomulem31 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM via web

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What do you think Benjamin Franklin would like to see in an employee?

If you were writing a resume letter to Benjamin Franklin to work at his printing shop what do you think he would like to see in a person? What qualities would he like? Workmanship, Ect. It doesn't have to be about you or your qualities, you can make up an imaginary person, i just want to see what kind of person you think he would like.

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 8, 2010 at 10:50 AM (Answer #2)

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Based on what I know about Benjamin Franklin, I think he would like to see a basic curiosity and creative ability to solve problems while working.  I think Benjamin Franklin would respect anyone who has a desire to keep busy, read, organize, and come up with unique ways to solve ordinary problems.  The inventive/creative genius of Ben Franklin is that he was frugal, curious, and determined to come up with ways to make life better. Benjamin Franklin would hire a problem solver.

Benjamin would admire someone who used time efficiently and effectively.  Ben would appreciate the ability of a person to communicate well and effectively by spoken word and on paper. Ben would also appreciate the abilities of a person to be frugal and wise with the resources on hand rather than go into a large expenditure to "update" a facility or to modernize unless that expenditure had the potential to be worth the investment.

Finally, Benjamin Franklin would certainly appreciate a good sense of humor and the ability to enjoy a fine meal with a good wine.  Benjamin Franklin would like someone who worked at work and continued to be engaged in work or something productive after the work hours were over.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 8, 2010 at 7:31 PM (Answer #3)

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Great list.  He would also, I think, want someone who is truthful (honest) and is self-disciplined.  He was concerned with moderation in food and drink as well as getting enough rest and being diligent in business dealings--and he was quite frugal.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 8, 2010 at 8:39 PM (Answer #4)

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Benjamin Franklin was inteligent, ingenious, quick on his feet and glib with a comeback or a phrase.  He also worked hard and served the public.  I thing he would like to hire someone who had some or all of these qualities as well, or at least made it easier for him to pursue these interests for himself.  Also, given his scandalous womanizing, he probably would want someone who wasn't prone to gossip.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:47 PM (Answer #5)

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What a great question! I think Ben would also appreciate a person who had faith in himself or herself and who was willing to take a chance to make a better life. When Ben ran away from his brother's print shop and traveled to Philadelphia, he had only a few coins in his pocket, but he was determined to succeed in life. He had courage.

Ben would also like someone who was of good character and who tried to become a better person. In his autobiography, he talks of the time he attempted to perfect his own character by concentrating on one virtue after another. He even kept a notebook (very organized!) to keep track of his progress. Ben never became perfect, of course, but he believed he had become a better person for having tried. He would respect someone who believed in personal integrity and practiced it.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 22, 2010 at 2:02 PM (Answer #6)

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Dear Mr. Franklin,

I respectfuly request that you consider me for the recent job opening. I am a hard working and dedicated individual. I am not only a critical thinker, but I am an innovative thinker as well. Rather than dwell on problems, I am proactive about solving them before they become problems. I am punctual, and while I take my job and my work performance very seriously, I am not afraid to laugh at myself. I have a wonderful sense of humor.

I will be looking forward to speaking with you soon.

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