Getting Someone’s Attention

We all have a need for attention. Whether it be through a physical touch, verbal praise or just mentally knowing someone is interested in you. I know this sounds like a dating post but I assure you its not, I am far from the expert in that field as some of you know.

With the surge of social media, attention is a rare commdodity in todays society. Everybody is vying for your attention. Companies and their commercials(think Super Bowl), the various social media sites(If you’re like me they all have my attention, twitter, klout, facebook, google+..), politicians all telling you want they think you want to hear, news networks and the list goes on.

All of these groups understand the more attention they grab, the stronger the influence they have. Please “like” our page on Facebook! Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it seems like everyday I’m getting a new request to like something I know nothing about. But this transformation in society begs the question, “What does this mean for me?” …

ADAPT OR BE DESTROYED

Survival of the fittest. Adaption is the key to success during time of change and stress. And if ever the job market has changed and stressed, it’s Now. So how have you changed? Adapted? How fit are you to grab the attention you want?

As the job seeker, you are seeking attention of the people who have what you want, the job, career, pay raise etc. So, in the new economy if we want to beat it, we have to adapt and evolve. Assume the old rules and ways are obsolete. Companies have stopped reading resume’s online, no more paper applications and no more newspaper ads.

What do you do? 3 New ways to grab Attention…

1. Hit the Pavement – This tip isn’t really new, it’s just rarely ever used now a days. With everyone putting their resume’s online and applying to the companies job archives you rarely see this tip in action. Pick your top 5 companies that you have already submitted a resume’ or application to and just show up a few days later. Be dressed to the nines, smile and ask “Is the hiring manager here?” It’s even better if you have the name of the person and then I would advise asking for them by their first name. Because very few people if any take the time to come in person and you already know the name, the receptionist will most likely assume you know the manager and get them for you. Now you have a wonderful opportunity to make a great first impresssion and show how much more dedicated, persistent and creative you are than the others. I can’t tell you how many times this has worked for me.

2. It’s all about Value – Many people use the word “networking” but few actually connect on this concept. People think that getting business cards or exchanging contact info is networking and it’s not. It’s literally one of many steps in the process. For those of you that have exchanged contact info with people that are connected or ones that you would like to work with you need to follow up with them and use this. For those of you that haven’t start right away. The next time you get introduced to someone or get a business card, strike a conversation up about their business, ask questions and figure out what they value most in their business or the biggest problem they’re having and help them solve it before you ask for anything. How do you solve it? Do research, send them a contact of someone you know who can help them, email them an article you found and say “Thought you’d like this, hope you’re well.” And when the time is right ask them for help or an interview or whatever it may be.

3. The Video Resume’ – This is the future of resumes. If you do it now, you WILL be a head of the curve. Make a video of yourself and you are pretty much explaining exactly what’s on your resume’. Start with your personal info, smile, show how personable you are and then move into your experience and what you look forward to doing. Send it in an email, a facebook message, post it to your LinkedIn profile etc.

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.” – Chinese proverb

 

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By Christopher Sankey

@DMSank

 

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Sex, Drugs and Jobs.

In the last post I spoke of the difference in taking an Active approach to finding the job you want versus being passive, waiting and hoping. I referenced specific examples of how you can be active in your methods. Today, I will backup a majority of what the last post was about with facts and numbers and show you how important it is to truly be Active in your search. Welcome to advanced job finding methods 101…

In a recent book, I came across the best and worst methods to find a job and was fascinated by the results. The reality is the way we normally look for jobs is not the way employers normally look for us. This is where the sex comes in, wait for it….Much like men and women are on completely different wavelengths, in order for us to communicate and even be civil at times we have to see it from the opposite person’s point of view and thus the end result, sex. If not, no sex. Okay, so point is if we want to find that wonderful connection with an employer we have to see it from their eyes.

Ask yourself, “If I were an employer how would I want to fill any openings?”

Would you want to troll through the internet reading millions of resume’s?? No way.

Would you want to spend thousands of dollars on ads in the newspaper?? No.

Would you want to hire and pay a staffing firm who doesn’t really know what your business needs are to find future employees?? Definitely not.

What’s crazy is the last three scenarios are the most popular methods for people who are looking for jobs, they are also the least effective. Why are they most popular if they are the least successful? Two reasons, first they are the easiest most convenient ways of searching. It is natural for us to want something with as little resources expended as possible. We know what we want and we don’t want to work to get it, fair enough. Second, these are the methods we are taught that are supposed to work. So we naturally just follow the leader without research and thus all of these avenues are saturated with tens of millions of applicants pushing employers even further away from using them.

It really is a battle of two parties, you and the employer, both wanting each other but having to do as little as possible to get each other. Sounds like a pretty dysfunctional relationship. And that’s why the job market is plagued with fear, confusion, frustration, despair and more. What we have to realize is the employers have the power(job),so they get the luxury of being passive where you as the seeker have to be Active in your approach.

So how would you want it to happen if you were the owner or hiring manager of a company? Well its a pretty easy answer. I imagine one of my best employees walking into my office saying, “Hey boss, you know that opening you have? I have the perfect person for it.” Reality is I trust this employee, they get results and now I don’t have to advertise(spend unnecessary money) and waste time.

Ok, now that we have you thinking in the mind of the employer, ask yourself “What are other things I would want to see or methods to use regarding the hiring process?”

Here are the most preferred methods of hiring for companies:

1. Inside promotion – Someone they have already seen work, they know the person knows the job which equates to almost zero risk and zero cost of advertising. Your move: Internship or settle for a part-time position and work your butt off. I have a friend Brian who did this, he worked an internship for a couple of months, at the end they didn’t have any openings and he went home. As soon as something opened up, he was the first they called.

2. Proof – Bringing in someone who has or is actual tangible proof of exact experience relating to skills needed. For example, if the company is hiring for painters someone who has a portfolio of work is in a pretty good position. Your move: Consider the job you want and skills related and get an entry-level position that will prepare you for the field. If you already have experience lets say in sales bring your past customer list or awards and show the interviewer.

3. Personal Referral – An employee recommends a friend or colleague to the job as mentioned above. Your move: Ask your network of friends and family who in their company has the authority to hire and ask them to personally recommend you to the job or hand deliver your resume’.

Remember just because you haven’t found the job you want doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Keep looking and now you have some tools and directions to put you on the path you want. Active vs. Passive.

Oh yea don’t forget, Drugs can prevent you from getting the job you want…

Coming soon : www.collegedropouts.org

Activate Your Opportunity

As I slide my way through facebook feeds of my friends I can’t help but notice the common trend of comments about the job market. It seems as if most of my friends can’t find work or are incredibly disappointed with their jobs. I have friends who have graduated from university that are working for minimal wages or aren’t even working.

Now I know what you’re thinking, that this is going to be some rant about America’s problems and how the economy is the reason for all of our negative situations. Wrong. The economy obviously needs work but that’s not what this is about.

This is about you. This is about what you are doing, what you are thinking and the key word being Active.

The entire idea of the economy being the reason for our situation is really debilitating. There really is a problem with letting something so arbitrary have so much control over our lives. It represents a passive attitude toward life. I would ask to all those who have posted about their negative working status, how many times have you posted in a job board? Sent your resume’ to a company? Picked up the phone and followed up? Asked a friend or family member when they can give your resume’ to someone they work with? How many job sites are you currently registered with? Do you actively try and grow yourself as much as you complain or post about how bad it is? For as many times as you have advertised your dissatisfaction have you done something that could change it?

Now I know things truly are hard so I’m not trying to say that people haven’t tried or they don’t care but there is a major difference between doing what is expected and doing what is necessary. Doing what is expected only possibly gets you a job in a good economy. Doing what is necessary will help you unlock the job market in any economy. As I have mentioned before I am not a graduate, I don’t even have an Associates degree and I currently have three potential companies that I could work for right now with the dialing of one phone call all paying above $40,000 with benefits. How many Americans would turn that down right now?

Thus what is the difference between expected and necessary?

Expected  vs. Necessary

-Having a resume’ or having a clean, professional resume’ with highlighted information pertaining to the job you want.

-Putting in applications or seeking those who make the hiring decisions and demanding to be put in front of them and personally introducing yourself and handing the application to them.

-Filling out electronic application and waiting for a call/email or filling out electronic application and calling minutes after submitting to ask “What is the next step?”

-Talking to people saying “I need a job.” or asking specific targeted people you know are working “Who do you know that can help me get a job?” or “Who could you pass my resume’ to?”

-Going on job boards and applying for positions or going on the job board, apply for the position and do personal research on the company and hiring managers and calling them personally to let them know you are interested.

-Having references or having references who are specifically prepped for who is calling and why along with key points about you and your experience that will relate to the job you are interviewing for.

-Looking professional or Dressing like the boss’s boss.

All of the latter examples represent Active approaches to finding work versus the passive approach that we are taught to think will work. Only those that decide to take that extra step are going to be the ones who will stand out. Ask yourself, “Am I doing what is expected or what is necessary for what I want?”

Those that do the expected get the expected…unemployment.

Those that do what is necessary get what they want.