Yes I know that 13 is an unlucky number and even that may deter some of you from reading this. Just this once how about being a contrarian? That’s right, go against the grain. Make a difference in your life. Okay let me be perfectly honest with you. Nobody owes you a job. And to make it worse most job seekers are faced with a perfect storm of barriers that never existed in the past. Those barriers include huge competition for a single position, social media, applicant tracking systems, the complete elimination of entire job descriptions and industries, not to mention a totally overwhelmed HR and recruiting department. You have to be prepared to put your best foot forward. Your most prepared foot. And the one that completely differentiates you from the flock.
Okay I stole this video from my UK buddy, Dean Hunt at www.deanhunt.com. He won’t mind (he likely stole it from somebody else anyway) and I definitely recommend that you check out his blog if you have any interest in marketing and learning how to differentiate yourself.
If you are not familiar with Michael Gates Gill then you are in for a treat. Michael wrote the Best Selling book, How Starbucks Saved My Life. The story chronicles Michael’s life, how it completely broke down despite being born into a life of privilege, and how he regained sanity, financial and mental stability etc. Of course he had to lose everything first, including his relationship with his kids, his marriage and all the trappings of a life of privilege.
There’s opportunity in adversity and it is important to understand that opportunity ALWAYS comes your way. Whether you are prepared to take advantage of it or not is a different question all together.
One way to increase the chances of your taking advantage of opportunities is to actually see that the possibility exists.
Everyone knows that there is NOTHING(test) more important than effective networking in your Job Search. And that’s why I asked Brian Tracy to send me some of his very best articles to share with the group. And if you know me, you understand that I rarely if ever endorse buying anything from “experts”. But in this case I make an exception. If you like what you read then I highly encourage you to take a look some of Brian’s other tools. He’s been a “mentor” of mine for years. If you want to get the “rest of the story” on a great CD then click here for details.
The Interview Genius
A couple of great tips on how to get noticed using Twitter.
* Put your job pitch in your Twitter bio (which is 160 characters)
* Use a professional looking avatar – that’s your picture
* Tweet about your job search but not in a desperate way. Say things like, “I help people or companies do “x” Any good opportunities?