Not everyone pays attention to the little things. For some of us, it’s all about the bigger picture. We are not really interested in the minutiae of a job; we would rather be the person who pulls it out of the bag and laps up the glory. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that kind of blanket approach. If you’re in a senior management job, your job is to look at the bigger picture. The people working for you are being paid to take care of the small details; it’s their job, not yours.
But, for some people, worrying about the details is what they do best. They would much rather sweat the small stuff than plan a global sales campaign or manage 500 people in a manufacturing warehouse. Let’s look at some careers that are perfectly suited to anyone with an attention to detail.
Accountants work with numbers. It’s their job to pull together data from a number of different sources. if they make a small mistake, it can have much larger repercussions. Imagine the horror if your accountant missed out a crucial decimal point in your tax calculations, leaving you with an outstanding tax bill from the IRS. Yes, you definitely need an accountant with an attention to detail, and if you plan on training to become one, make sure you pay close attention to the details.
A Materials Handler Job Description is heavily weighted to attention to detail. It’s your job to take care of all the paperwork relating to materials, supplies, stock, and equipment. If you want to work for an import/export business or you have an interest in manufacturing, this could be the role for you. Materials handlers are expected to reconcile the paperwork with goods received or shipped, so you can’t afford to make mistakes. And if you are dealing with high-value goods, any mistakes you do make will be costly.
As a biochemist, you need to have an extraordinary attention to detail. If you miss something crucial when conducting routine lab work or important experiments, it could be catastrophic. Imagine the disaster if you accidentally mislabelled a petri dish of dangerous bacteria and stuck it in the wrong place.
Administrators are the backbone of many companies. An efficient administrator ensures the cogs continue to run smoothly and irons out any problems as and when they arise. Administrators handle the junior staff, deal with clients, ensure the bookkeeping is done and liaises with various different departments. There is no one-size-fits-all job description for an administrator, but you will need a good attention to detail if you decide to take on an administrative role.
How many times have you read a novel full of typos and wondered who on earth edited it? It probably doesn’t happen that often because most editors have a sharp eye for detail and can spot a missing comma or typo from ten miles away.
Are any of these the perfect job for you? Let us know in the comments!