Warning: this is not original material.
I had a guy comment on one of my post recently and said everything I write seems scripted and not original, so I wanted to warn you up front that you can find an explanation of what I’m going to say (and a lot better explanation) in Dan Miller’s book: 48 Days to the Work You Love. In response to the comment guy I wrote that I saw a report in USA today that says 1/3 of Americans aren’t happy with their job. If that many people still aren’t happy, then obviously whether this message is original or not, it needs some help being spread! So that’s what I’m doing, spreading the message that you can “like” your work.
So let’s get to the point of this post. Every week I want to endeavor to bring you one tip that I hope will be a help to you in finding work you love, or just finding work to pay the bills until you’re in a position to move on. This week I want to talk about applying at companies: STOP FILLING OUT APPLICATION AFTER APPLICATION, YOU’RE WASTING YOUR TIME! What?
With the state of our economy today I’m sure you’re aware that a lot of people are looking for work, so when a company advertises that they’re hiring, how many people do you think will apply? That’s right, thousands will be applying with you. Think about this, if a company has thousands of applications to look through, how will they notice your’s? That’s right, your odds are seem to zero! The HR persons not just going to walk by the stack of applications and see a dot of dirt on your application and pull it out and say; “that’s the person we need to hire”, not in real life anyways. So what can you do?
In today’s economy the best way to get a job is to: NETWORK. What do you mean? Who do you know that works at that company? Who do you know that knows someone who works at the company? Have you bought something from that company and made a connection with anyone there? You get the point right?
If I were to walk up to you to tell you something you might believe it, you might even do it. However, if someone you knows tells you something the chances of you doing it are a lot higher. You see where I’m going with this, right? If someone from within that company talks to their boss or HR about you, your chances are signficantly higher of getting that job, think about it.
So now what?
You have to see who you know at a company that you want to work at, or someone you know who knows someone who works at that company. This might require a little work but remember my post a couple of weeks ago: focus on the “why”.
I hope this has been a help to you, good luck in finding whatever work you’re looking for! Leave a comment below with any advice you think someone else would be helped out with: