Putting the S in Progress

Image: Headquarters interns participate in the annual Tomato Royale Food Fight in the Twin Cities.

I identify myself as a writer. Whether I am organizing a technical document or unleashing my creative spirit on paper, I try to review each word for elegance and sentence for style. My philosophy was that one spelling mistake could ruin a reputation.

When I started at Target I immediately jumped into a project documenting how Target team members would use a new application and how Target Technology Services would support it.  Making technology easier and more accessible is one of my biggest passions. I spent the first week reviewing material and condensing it into a guide that could be universally understood. One of the lessons I learned from technical writing was how to make a large impact with the fewest words possible.

Once I was finished, I prepared for feedback. As I hit SEND I was confident the team would be impressed with my document. A few days later I received an email from a team member highlighting a glaring spelling mistake. Right there on the front page, I had left one critical “s” off of the word “assess.” This document was shared with not just my team, but people all across Target.  I was mortified.

Hanging my head low, I went to tell my manager. The minute the words left my mouth he bent over with laughter and I could not help but join in. He said, “This will be a great story to tell the interns when you start working here. Life is about progress, not perfection.” This was a philosophy he embodied and I realized that part of creating a successful document meant making a few mistakes and seeking feedback from your peers. This was not the end of my career with Target; it was just something that happened.

My embarrassing story became a topic of conversation. Other members of my team opened up about their first mistakes and we all joked about lessons learned. Looking back it seems more embarrassing that I felt like one outrageous spelling error was such a big deal. Since then I have taken more risks, voiced more of my ideas and shared my set-backs with others. I have progressed in my internship through this experience and have realized in order to make a good impression it is about handling challenges with grace instead of precision.

Post by Leah, headquarters Target Technology Services intern

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  • Estella V, Flores

    September 20th, 2015

    How do I finish my job application?

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    Pulse Blog Administrator

    September 22nd, 2015

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in working at Target. You visit http://www.Target.com/careers and login using the user name and password that you created when you started the process.

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    Amanda

  • Rachel Parsons

    October 14th, 2015

    Hi! I’m a campus liaison down at FSU, I see you did an internship at headquarters! I keep getting questions about the corporate internships but I’m having trouble finding info on it. Do you have any resources i can read? -Thanks

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 14th, 2015

    Hi Rachel,

    There are several resources available for campus liaisons, please reach out to your recruitment partner for additional information.

    Thanks!
    Amanda

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