I met a young lady who told me that she couldn’t find a job because companies are not hiring. I told her to say instead, “Companies are not hiring ME.”
The good news is, companies are always hiring. People die, retire, get sick, and change jobs. Tons of people start new jobs every day. Some have two jobs.
The young lady is simply not able to make a good case or persuade someone to hire her. Most people approach finding an ideal job casually. They have no strategy. They don’t realize looking for a job requires a relentless attitude.
7 Proven Ways To Lend An Ideal Job:
1. Turn Off The Television
The media love to remind us that the economy is bad. They will splash the high unemployment rate on your screen to intimidate you.
They’ll tell you companies are closing their doors or downsizing.Don’t wait for them to let you know when it’s time to step out and start knocking on doors. Your wait will never be over.
The thing is, if you keep flooding your mind with bad news about the economy or the job market, you will freeze. Even if you are lucky to get a job interview, your negative attitude will sabotage your chance.
I encourage you to turn your television off. Hit the road. Others are getting jobs. You can, too. They are not more special or more favored.Not having a job is depressing enough.
Why would you let the media make your situation seem worse? Here’s a little secret:A negative attitude will kill your opportunity to get hired.
Above all, companies will hire you because of your positive attitude and enthusiasm. If you are not feeling upbeat, present, and enthusiastic, don’t even bother to look for a job.
2. Avoid The Unemployment Line
Collecting unemployment checks is easy. After all, you needed a break. And you paid into the system. It’s fair to get what you deserve. Right?Well, it’s a trap.Once you start collecting those checks, you’ll find yourself in a comfort zone.
Now, if you need a couple of paychecks until you get the new job, do so. But don’t get too cozy.I know it’s a good feeling when you get to stay in bed, avoid fighting traffic and stay away from annoying people.
Who wouldn’t want that?But, resist the temptation.Nature hates a vacuum. She’ll always go where there’s none. It’s like dating. All the prospects will come out of the woodwork when you are unavailable. Am I right?
The same applies when it comes to landing your ideal job. It’s a lot easier to get one while you are employed or right after you get laid off.
That explains why the more you have, the more you continue to have. It’s not fair. But, it is what it is.Simply put, if you have to get some money to get over the hump, go for it.
In the meantime, commit and focus on shortening the gap as fast as possible. That will also do a lot of good for your self-worth and self-esteem.
3. Make Looking For A Job Your New Job
Think about it this way: You are never unemployed unless you are retired. What do I mean by that?Looking for a job is a job in and of itself. Your search begins as soon as they let you know that they are either eliminating your position or replacing you.
When someone asks you what you do for a living, say, “At present, I work for myself. I’m working on getting a job. Do you know of anyone who is hiring?”
You are now a salesperson. You are selling yourself to prospective employers. Build a strong case to persuade them you are the best candidate for the position.
That means you have to put yourself in front of lots of prospects to increase your odds. It’s not enough to send messages to people on LinkedIn.
Of course, you need to use social media. But, do so to secure face-to-face interviews. Nothing beats sitting with a smile on your face while making a good case, you are the best person for the job.
4. Do Not Hide Behind Your Resume
Companies do NOT hire resumes. They hire people.Your resume’s purpose is to qualify you for an interview. It’s to get their attention.
It won’t lend you the job. You have to do the selling in person.Your resume cannot express your enthusiasm and positive attitude.
They will ask you to submit your resume online and expect someone to call you. That’s okay to submit it. But don’t wait for someone to call you.Pick up the phone and make the call yourself.
They might tell you that everybody has to go through the same process.Let them know you’re initiating the call because you are not everybody else. You are proactive. You don’t wait for the phone ring. You ring it.
That means you do not wait for the boss to tell you what to do. You take the initiative to get things done. That’s what superstars do in the workplace.
If the person who is on the phone does not appreciate those lines, you are talking to the wrong person.Ask for the name of the person who can value your approach.
Then send a note to the right person to reiterate what I just mentioned.You have to prove that you are unique. Don’t let your resume do your job. Drop by and ask to speak quickly with the manager who is looking candidates for five minutes.
5. Take The Spotlight Off You
We already talk about what you need to do during the interview.Know that the interviewer will keep asking you questions to shine the spotlight on you.
But, be like a politician. Set the agenda. Answer with sound bites. Then reframe the conversation to talk about what you can do for their company.
Talk about their goals instead of yours.If you know customer service is important to them, talk about it. Let them how you intend to use your strengths and skills to help them wow their customers.
They will bring up your weaknesses, such as your lack of experience in such and such. Again, just like a politician, say something like this,“I agree with you.
But, here’s what I know for sure. I’m a fast learner. I have the right attitude to master anything. That’s not a problem at all.
Give me a chance, and I promise to surprise you.”By the way, never use the phrase, “If you hire me.” Say, “When you hire me,
I will do whatever it takes to make your company number one in customer service.”But, make sure you deliver on your promises. If you are not going to do so, you might as well be like anybody.
6. Network Like Mad
You cannot land your ideal job and be a hermit. Fill up your calendar with events so you can be visible. Try to attend two to three events per week.If you live in the US, attend lots of civic clubs meetings to meet new people.
The Optimist International, Kiwanis International, and Lions International all hold meetings every single day.Your business journals publish lots of business networking events. Make sure you always have your resume with you.
The people at the events may not be in a position to hire. But they can connect you with the right people who can do so. Again, be proactive. Don’t just pass on your resume.
Ask for names and contact info to follow up.Also, remember to send a thank-you note to the person who gives you the job lead. Send one whether you got the job or not. That will go a long way.
7. Be A Follow Up Machine
Typically, the average person goes to an interview and waits for the phone to ring later. Well, people are busy.Your interviewer is not losing sleep, thinking about how bad you need a job. You are the least of his or her concerns.
Don’t take it personally when you don’t get the call.Don’t let your ego stand in your way. It’s your job to keep following up.You are thinking, “I went to the interview. I did a convincing job selling myself.
There’s no need to keep pestering the people. They will call if they need me.” Really?You should celebrate when you get the call to come for your orientation.
First, second, or third interviews don’t mean much. You have to close the sale.Keep following up.Send a handwritten thank-you note on the same day after the interview.
Thank the person for the job interview opportunity.Reaffirm your commitment to join forces with them to help them achieve their goals. Do so even if you didn’t think you did well.
Next, you want to call. Say, “Hi, I’m calling to find out where you are in your decision-making. Will you need any more information from me?” Ask for permission to follow up again in a week or two.
Remind them of your commitment to helping them achieve their goals. Say something like, “I don’t want to be a pest. I’m following up because most people never do. It’s my of proving to you that I will follow up on my promises.”
Now, if someone tells you don’t be so pushy, do not take that advice. It’s because they don’t have the courage to do it.A good employer will appreciate your strategy.
Of course, every time you call, you should always say, “I know you are busy. I’m calling you for a quick call to follow up.”
If you want to distinguish yourself on the job, start proving it during the interview process. Do not listen to the naysayers.
There is plenty of work available in the job market in spite of the bad news.Being good will not cut in this new economy. You have to be amazing! Show up with your A-game.
Work hard. Show up early. Stay past your regular hours now and then. That will go a long way. You will be on the radar for future promotions. That will remove you from the layoff list.
Finally, remember this: It’s your attitude that determines your altitude. It’s what determines how long you stay unemployed.
How would you like to more cooperation from your team members, teenage kids, or acquaintances? Is it possible to get people say yes without being pushy?
The answer is yes. There’s a way to get others to do your bidding or comply with your requests. Also, they will never know your strategy. You are about to learn how to do so in this video.
However, I urge to use this tool responsibly. It’s not intended for manipulation. It’s merely a way to get others to cooperate with you to get things done.
So, what I want to share with you is a magic phrase you can use to bypass the conscious mind and make the request to the subconscious mind. Here’s the phrase:
You don’t have to…
It’s that simple. You tell the person he or she doesn’t have to do what you are asking. Here’s why this is so powerful:
As human beings, the one thing we value and cherish above anything else is the freedom to choose. Any time someone tries to take it away from us, we are ready to fight.
That is why an entire nation would bend together and risk their lives in front of tanks and machine guns to overthrow a dictatorship government. When it comes to freedom no one is willing to negotiate.
Breakups happen in relationships because one partner is trying to dominate or take away the freedom of the other. Kids rebel because they feel like their parents are taking away their freedom.
When you tell a person he or she does not have to do something, you automatically let them know their freedom is not at stake. That’s how you get more compliance from others.
This is essentially one of the powerful tools for persuasion and influence. Simply put, it’s reverse psychology. Try it, and you will notice a drastic difference in the way people respond to you when you ask for a favor.
By the way, when you combine the word favor and this strategy, your odds will increase drastically.
Think about it this way, the word favor implies the person is not obligated to do what you are asking. Do you see why this can be so effective?
Let’s see how you can use this in a real-life situation. Suppose you are the leader in your company. Corporate just sent a memo to you about the need to have all your employees on deck tomorrow. They just launched a marketing campaign. They are expecting an influx of new customers.
One of your team members is supposed to be off on that day. You call a meeting with the employee. You say something like…
“I just received a memo from corporate. They are expecting a flood of new customers to come in tomorrow. They want everyone to be present. Sorry, it’s your off day. But we need to you to show up.”
How well do think that would go? Do you think that’s demanding instead of asking? Of course, it is demanding. Chances are, you will a no. Your team member will fight your demand.
Let’s see how you approach this differently. You tell the employee…
“I just received a memo from corporate. The VP of operations or marketing is expecting a flood of new customers. They want me to be fully staffed. I know tomorrow is your day off. But, I need you to do me a favor. Can you come tomorrow? You don’t have to. But if you did, it would mean the world to the team and me.”
Do you see how that would be different? You are asking. You are not imposing or demanding. You are leaving the person with the freedom to choose.
If you are the head of the human resources department, this strategy can be very useful to you. HR professionals often are the people who get to make a lot of unusual requests, especially during times of difficult change in the workplace.
If you have been in the workplace for the last ten or twenty years, you know it’s not what it used to be. In fact, things are not even what they used to be one or two years ago.
Digital disruptions have indeed disrupted everything. We used to compete with each other to get the best job or promotion. Today we have to worry about a different kind of competition.
The robots are coming to take over millions of jobs. It’s called the robot invasion. But there’s good news. Robots are not human beings. Yes, we now have smart everything. Smart telephones. Smart glasses. Smartwatches. Smart health monitoring. And some people are getting lazier by relying on those things too much.
The big question is, will robots or the smart devices ever be able to replace human beings entirely? The answer is a big NO.
Undoubtedly, the AI (artificial intelligence) pundits will engineer robots that hugely resemble, act, and behave like human beings. We will be blown away or even scared by their resemblance and intelligence. But there will always be a missing ingredient.
Men will never be able to put a soul or spirit inside a robot. It doesn’t matter how much computational power men put inside a robot; it will remain a smart and animated object without natural feelings and emotions.
Robots will never be able to feel and emote in real time base on meanings and meta-meanings. They are programmed to respond based on conditional logic. The term is IFTTT (If this then that.) That is called the “robot paradox.”
Alright, before anyone accuses me of being anti-progress or technology, let me say I am a big proponent of technological advances. I love technology! I encourage digital disruptions. That said, let me offer a few ideas on how to prepare to compete with the robots.
How To Compete With Robots In The Workplace
If you and I are going to compete with the robots and win, we must unleash our excellence. We have to show up every day and be so excellent and impressive that people would riot and demand to be served by us instead of robots. Excellence is our default.
There’s nothing ordinary about us. We are so complexed that it takes doctors years to become specialists in one part of the body. Some choose to study the heart, eye, hand, feed, kidney, ear, nose, etc.
After thousands of years, they are unable to master those parts fully. In the men vs. robots battle, we only need to be cognizant of who we are. We need to use our excellence to outthink and compete with the robots.
What is Excellence?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant (Not Aristotle)
I’m sure there are many definitions of the word excellence. To me, excellence is an attitude. It’s not something or a skill you learn. It’s a state of being.
It’s showing up every day with the best version of yourself. Be remarkable. Stand out. Be so so amazing on purpose that your company will never trade you for a robot. It’s that simple.
Increase your value to the point where a robot cannot replace you in the workplace. In other words, the measure of your excellence hinges upon how powerfully you can engage and retain the attention and wow your coworkers, customers, and suppliers.
Excellence is your lever to make yourself indispensable in the workplace. The best part is, you don’t need any training, money, or connections to unleash your awesomeness. It’s already in you.
I came to the US when I was in my twenties. I was broke, and I was struggling to learn English. I could not get a decent job anywhere. I did many odd jobs to make ends meet.
A lady was offering CNA (certified nursing assistant) training. I signed up and obtained my CNA license. It was a significant achievement for me. I got a job to take care of a man who was in his senior years. He was wealthy and well connected.
However, it was tough for him to find and keep the right caretaker. Every week, they would hire a different person. That ended the day I arrived.
I delivered so much excellence that the entire family fell in love with me. I showed with the right attitude. Anything that needed to be done was my job. I would bathe the man, brush his teeth, and even help him have a bowel movement.
Then, I would do a few other things that were not in my job description. I would clean the bathrooms, mopped the floor, and water the plants. Yes, they had a maid, nurse, and all kinds of assistance.
But, it didn’t matter to me. I didn’t have the attitude that it’s my job or department. I was there to serve. The man eventually passed away in my hands around two o’clock in the morning. It was an incredible and magical experience.
As he was gasping for his last few breaths, he looked at me peacefully as if he wanted to say goodbye with gratitude. On the surface, it appeared that the man didn’t have much in common with me.
He was a wealthy Jewish American man, and I was a broke Haitian immigrant learning how to speak English. But we were spiritually connected.
We laughed and cried together. When the man was hurting, I would feel his pains. We bonded. His brother told I was the last best friend he had. That’s what I mean.
I consciously decided to be irresistibly excellent. Can a robot create such magical moments?
After Mr. Arnovitz’s death, a whole new world of opportunity showed up for me. The family fought over who gets to hire me. I had many offers… lots of choices.
Eventually, I settled to work for a hotshot law firm in Atlanta where one of the children was a founding partner.
3 Simple Ways To Be Excellent
1. Consciously Commit
Commit to being excellent. That’s the first step. Excellence is effortless once you commit to it. It’s who you are at your core. Take a walk down the street, and you will see loads of people living average lives.
Somehow, they have forgotten their awesomeness. They show up and do average work. They carry average conversations. It’s an unconscious process for them. They are not aware of it.
Excellence is a decision you make to stand out and be remarkable among the crowd. It’s a form of enlightenment.
2. Travel The Extra Mile
Decide to go the extra mile in everything you do. That alone should separate you from the ordinaries crowd. Think about it this way: The highway to success is extremely crowded. There is always a traffic jam.
Why not get on the extra mile lane so you can zoom your way to the top of your company? Have you ever seen people at the ivory toward in your company who don’t seem as intelligent as you are? Have you ever seen people who come in and they keep getting one promotion after another without much seniority?
It’s because they took the lane less traveled. That lane is called the extra mile lane. Most people show up to work and do just enough to get paid or not to get fired.
That means if you show up and do more than you are being paid for, you are a champion. To be average, you don’t have to do anything. Society has already conditioned us to be average.
3. Think Excellence
When you are doing your job, have the mindset that you are delivering excellence. If you are servicing a customer, don’t think of customer service. Instead, think of service excellence.
Ask yourself, “How can I wow this person and create a buzz about my company and myself?” Guess what happens when you ask yourself that question?
You automatically access your greatness. You are reprogramming your subconscious mind for excellence.
As I said before, the world is going through some radical changes. And the train is not about to stop or slow down. Expect to see a takeover in your company.
Maybe your organization is in the middle of a merger or acquisition. Maybe another company will step in during process and acquire your company. It’s crazy! Maybe soon an army of robots will roll in and take over.
But, here’s what you must keep in mind:
Robots are objects. They are not human beings nor will they ever be. It’s time to up your game. The men vs. robots battle can only be won by showing up with the best version of yourself. You can connect soul to soul with people.
You can trigger the right emotions with your excellence. You can remain employable and indispensable by the sheer power of your awesomeness. Deliver excellence. Purposely amaze your co-workers, bosses, and customers.
When you get in the habit of shocking the world with your awesomeness, you will never be afraid of layoffs, acquisitions, or mergers. Your first step is to make an unwavering commitment to get an extra mile every day.
Always do more than what is expected of you. That’s how you position yourself for the next promotion. That’s how you get to climb the corporate ladder. That’s how you become indispensable.
Here is an infographic on how to get a promotion at work. Many employees in the workplace feel like they are stuck in a dead end job. They complain and moan about how unfair the company is.
All along, they fail to realize that promotions are rarely given. Really. If you think your boss or the company is going to wake up in the morning with you on his or her mind, you are not living in the real world. Promotions in the workplace are given to those that prove they are worthy of a promotion.
In this infographic, I visually give you the exact steps you need to take to make sure you rise the top of your company in a very short time. (more…)