Last Wednesday was our birthday, and we want to celebrate with you. Since we sold the corporate jet as part of our “Green Initiative,” we’re going to skip flying you all out for the party and go straight to the party favors. Our first thought was to give you all jobs, but with the economy the way it is, we, much like many other companies, are currently under a “hiring freeze” (said with tongue in cheek, of course). Instead we’re going to help you become that “red hot” candidate (not in that way) who instantly thaws the hiring freeze as soon as your resume hits the company’s inbox, so read on to find out what you’re getting…
It’s ok, we all have problems, but not having a job is a pretty big one – especially in this economy. Maybe you are a college senior and you don’t think it’s a problem yet. It is. You may think that it’s a problem that everyone encounters at some point in their lives, but it’s not. There are people who never look for a job. Ever. They graduate from college with a job lined up, and they never worry about where they’re going to work next. The jobs find them. At first I thought that these people were lucky, but as I’ve learned over the past couple of years, luck has nothing to do with it. It’s a mindset and a methodology.
I graduated from an Ivy League school with a 3.74 GPA. I had excelled during my two summers of interning at the company that made my favorite fishing rods. I had never stepped foot in my college’s Career Services Office (except to fill out a survey to get free ice cream), yet I had multiple job offers on the table. I was almost ready to start life in the real world, but first I wanted to take a few months off to relax.
A few months turned into eight, and I became increasingly fearful as I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was beginning to feel like an unemployed loser, and I hadn’t even started looking for a job yet. I had lost my way.
As I finally began to understand the urgency of my problem, I tried to do the job search thing all on my own. I didn’t think that I needed help. I did what I thought I was supposed to. I scoured job boards. I sent out resumes and cover letters. And I waited. In fact, that’s most of what I did. I assumed that my qualifications would speak for themselves, and that some company would respond to my job application by begging me to work for them.
A lot of companies didn’t respond, but quite a few did. I had my share of interviews. I had great answers to the questions that were asked of me, and I asked great questions of my interviewers. I thought that I was doing a good job of selling myself, but in retrospect I realize that it must have been obvious to the interviewers that I had no passion for their companies.
The problem wasn’t that I didn’t have the qualifications for jobs. It was that I wasn’t the best candidate for the job. There were other people who were more passionate, more driven, and more excited about the jobs (or at least they were better at faking it than I was). They were the right fit, and I wasn’t.
My job search was going nowhere.
In May of 2007, I quit job searching and started One Day, One Job. Six months later, I launched the site. It took stepping away from my own job search to help others with theirs for me to realize what differentiates the people who get hired from the ones who hear nothing – not even a rejection e-mail. It’s the attitude and the method.
People who look for jobs find lots of jobs. People who look for problems that they can solve get hired.
Anyone can find thousands (millions?) of jobs online. Finding companies whose stories make you want to roll up your sleeves and start working today is hard work. You not only need to be motivated, but you also need to be savvy. Most importantly, you need to always be looking for a problem that you can solve and a story that you can be a part of.
Since November 17th of 2007, I have found 372 awesome companies that you can work for (and many that I would have wanted to work for when I was looking for a job). Why couldn’t I find these jobs when I was looking?
Because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.
In one year we (mostly me) have helped more than a quarter of a million people with their online job search. I have been featured on sites like BusinessWeek, About.com, and the New York Times (Freakonomics). Dozens of college Career Centers are recommending my site to their students to help them find jobs. Someone even tried to buy me out of my company before I had officially launched the site.
Remember, I’m a guy who couldn’t find a job for himself.
I am constantly asked two questions.
1. “How do you find all of the companies that you write about?”
2. “How do I stand out when my resume is one of hundreds or thousands?”
Answering these questions isn’t as easy as it may seem, so it can’t be done in a single blog post. A series of blog posts wouldn’t even do it. That’s why we’re in the process of putting together an online training course that, in answering these two questions, will empower you to get a job that you actually want.
I am an expert at finding and researching companies online. I am going to tell you how to become one.
When it comes to teaching you how to seal the deal, I’m a little bit out of my element. That’s why I have partnered with a well-known next generation professional development consultant (you’ll find out who he is in the coming weeks). He’s also an author. He’s Jon Stewart meets Tony Robbins, and he’s awesome.
Featuring a new entry level employer every day is a good start, but it’s not enough. That’s why we’re starting Year Two of One Day, One Job with something more. We want to celebrate our birthday by turning you, the job seeker, into a job getter.
If I’m going to help you, I need you to do two things.
First, I want you to sign up for our newsletter. It’s separate from our daily job e-mails, and it will bring you exclusive content relating to our online training course. It will also save you money. We want to thank you for helping make our first year so awesome, so our “party favor” to you is a major discount on the training course when it comes out. You’ll have to be on the list to get it (e-mail and RSS readers, please click through if you don’t see the sign up form). This is a birthday week special, so sign up now to make sure that you don’t have to pay full price.
Edit: No need to sign up for our mailing list any more. You can find out all the details about our job search training course.
Second, I want you to post a comment below (anonymously if you would prefer) and tell me how I can help you with your job search.
P.S. I lived with my parents way longer than I should have. Please don’t be like me. Sign up for our mailing list.
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