Did you ever wonder,
What does it take to land a job?
I did, and I’ve had more opportunities than most to ask that question and search for that answer.
If you count my transition from grad school to business, I’ve been a jobseeker 5 times over 25 years.
I learned a lot along the way, with my former employer’s industry contracting and the economic downturns we’ve all been through.
In many ways those years were good, very good, in fact.
At my former employer, when one division was shrinking and my job was eliminated I found work in a growing division. In spite of the musical chairs, I was promoted three times and my salary tripled.
I’m not trying to brag – I’m trying to communicate there is a way through the hell of losing your job.
When unemployed, I read everything I could get my hands on. There seemed to be 76 things I had to do to get hired. While a lot is involved with landing a job,
I felt like everything I read was missing the big picture.
Here is the big picture…
Everything I did before, during and after the interview was geared toward answering those questions as positively as possible.
Everything from my resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter, application, achievement stories during the interview and follow up after the interview was geared toward answering those questions as positively as possible.
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