Go back to Job Search Prep Syllabus.
What do you think is the single most important element of getting a job?
So—huh? What? Did you say “résumé ?”
You think the résumé is the most important part of getting a job?
Oh, I see…
OK, let’s back up.
All the way to the beginning.
Getting a job vs. looking for a job.
Right now, here at the very beginning, you need to make a decision: are you interested in looking for a job, or getting one? This is important because these are very different things.
The job search follows a clear process:
This is the job search process. Getting a job through this process is a happy accident, not a forgone conclusion. And in this process, the résumé gets top billing, because it’s the wedge you use to try to get yourself in the door.
The job getting process looks different. For one thing, the job getting process is non-linear. That right there is going to scare the pants off a lot of people who like their worlds nice and orderly. For another thing, in the job getting process, your résumé —along with all your other materials—are merely representations of the product you’re selling, to be used like any glossy “marketing collateral.” That is to say, they should be used only if necessary to capture someone’s attention, and dismissed as quickly as possible in favor of a discussion of the real goods, a.k.a., YOU. Here, at a high level, is what the job getting process looks like:
It doesn’t matter what level you are. It doesn’t matter how old you are. This is the job getting process. Applicant tracking systems, résumé /cover letters, phone screens, etc., are all tools to help organizations streamline their role in this process. These are tools organizations need because they often have scores of people trying to engage them in this process at the same time, and they need some way to manage the resulting chaos.
But make no mistake: this is the process of job getting.
If you hold the attitude of job getting in your head, you will be far more likely to be successful in how you network, how you putt together a résumé , how you write that email. You will be better prepared to interpret unclear feedback, respond to unanticipated objections, and work around roadblocks. You will project an attitude of success that will differentiate you from others who project desperation. And best of all, you will be focused on the desired result instead of the process—which, by the way, is exactly the mindset your prospective employer is looking for.
For these reasons, in this course, we start with your attitude… with what’s going on “upstairs.” Once your head is in the right place, then we circle back to the critical skills you need to get a job. Not résumé writing—that’s not a skill, that’s an application of a skill—but real skills, including creative thinking, research, communication, and sales—oh yeah, and one more skill that you won’t realize that you’ve learned until after you’ve completed the course.
(1) Sign up for the rest of the program. (2) Get out there and get that job!
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