Tip #1 from Richard Nelson Bolles world famous job hunting book – “What Color is Your Parachute?”
[And my irritating comments follow.]
“No-one owes you a job (so don’t sit around waiting for one to come to you, work hard to get it)”
Job hunting is unpleasant. That’s a fact.
But consider this: the business world is more dynamic and more entrepreneurial than ever before. That means lots of change, lots of opportunity, and lots of competition.
And that’s not bad news. But it does mean that we’ve got to be smart about the way we market our skills. We can’t continue to use 70’s or 80’s methods here, almost in 2010.
Here are the watchwords:
Proactive – take initiative
Innovative – find new ways, be creative
Bold – dont’ be shy to ask for what you want
Sell – know what problem you can solve, what solution you provide
Tell – be able to say and write your sales message clearly and concisely
Now this may take a bit of work and prep. Brainstorming. Don’t think you can’t – because you don’t know how. Bull. Ask questions. Speak to people (friends, family, neighbours, colleagues) – ask for opinions, “what would you do in my position?”, think – sometimes the answers are simpler than we think, ridiculously simple, so simple we don’t believe they’re the real answers. So we don’t act. But as a famous quote goes:
Taking action on a poor plan today is better than waiting to come up with the perfect plan tomorrow.
There’s no – repeat, NO – magic genie working for us. To miraculously produce opportunities. It’s up to us, me, you to make it happen. There’s no magic formula – well actually there is, but often we don’t want to hear it because it takes us out of our comfort zone – sitting at home is easier. The magic formula requires we be “proactive”, “innovative”, “bold” and that we “sell” and “tell”.
It’s a harsh fact. But it’s an attitude of mind that’s worth more, much more, than any degree or any work experience.