Where did all the jobs go?
John: How did she get that job!?
James: She knew somebody on the inside.
Many of the best jobs are not even advertised and between the rising costs of looking for a candidate and strict deadlines, its easier to work with referrals.
There is a very real need to network and sometimes we need more than a college degree for our cv's to get a second look!
The cost of qualifications and training has skyrocketed and job security is a rare commodity.
Are you the best?
We have to become better than everyone else. There is little differentiation between job seekers in terms of qualifications and experiences. How then do we set ourselves apart? We get so caught up in adopting the identities of our employers that we often lose sight of who we are as individuals. I'm all for company allegiance, vision and living its values but we must not lose sight of the simple truth that we are still individuals. Especially when we can leverage that individuality by providing our employers with a wider range of skills!
Decide on what your 'personal brand' represents and work on building onto those strengths.
In the last four years I've gone from:
- working in a local gym to living abroad; providing me with unique life experiences.
- starting a blog; thus honing my writing skills (hopefully).
- becoming a lecturer; improving my presentation techniques.
- studying a Bcom degree; expanding my knowledge.
- Changing industries and moving to a large corporate; learning about business dynamics.
Commit yourself to constant self-improvement and be the person that a company hires not just because of a cv but because you're an individual with a plethora of skills, contacts, diverse experience and thinking with a high value personal brand equity.
On a side note, here's some food for thought: