I have realised that most job seekers put so much effort in directly applying to job postings when that should be only 20% of what you do. Referrals have been proven to get people more employment than direct application. So it’s important to give your best to whatever it is you do because you never know who is watching or listening. It’s also important to only apply for jobs you are best suited and prepared for.
Here are six more steps to getting a very good job.
LEVERAGE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE RECRUITER’S ROLE
Many recruiters are gatekeepers who don’t know the job and will just box-check your skills and experiences. Others are extremely talented, who want to work with the best people to craft great career moves. You must avoid the former and seek out the latter.
IMPLEMENT A 20/20/60 JOB-HUNTING PLAN
A job hunting plan requires a performance-based resume, an understanding of how recruiters find candidates, and applying through the backdoor. Networking is the key to the backdoor. It must represent 60% of what you need to do.
FOCUS ON THE JOB, NOT THE MONEY
It’s better to be underpaid than overpaid. Getting promoted or obtaining a big compensation increase will only occur after you’ve demonstrated great performance. You need to put yourself into these situations. Ignore anyone who says otherwise.
PRESENT YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
No one believes general statements. You must validate each of your strengths with a specific example of how it was used in a real job situation. In addition, you need to demonstrate how you’ve turned your weaknesses into strengths. Never say you don’t have any weakness! It means you’ve stopped growing.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER BY ASKING THE UNIVERSAL QUESTION
Very early in the interview, you must ask the interviewer to describe the focus of the job, some of the big challenges, and how the new person’s performance will be measured. Pick at least two from this list. Then prove each is a core strength using the SAFW response below.
PRACTICE THE UNIVERSAL ANSWER TO ANY QUESTION
You need to be able to prove every strength with a specific example. Form your answer using the SAFW two-minute response: Say A Few Words – Statement – Amplify – few Examples – Wrap-up.
These are very practical ways to get a good job. You need to put more effort into the interview process. That is where the decision on your capabilities is made.