Dear Job Hunters:
Remember all the rules you were taught about how to find a new job? (sorry, I meant “an exciting new opportunity”!) Well, “Lies, they’re all lies”. Well, that’s not saying we were necessarily lied to . . . so let’s term them ‘soundbites of yesteryear’s thinking’. The problem is that yesterday’s strategies barely worked yesterday, let alone today!
C’mon, you know the rules I’m talking about – apply online with a targeted resume that has every keyword under the sun in it, send a knockout cover letter, “smile, but don’t look the interviewer in the eye for more than 2 seconds”, dress conservatively for the interview, send a “thank you” letter, etc. Think about it for a minute: Each time a candidate turns around, they see an article or a blog post (or overhear a conversation at a coffee shop) suggesting how to play the job-hunting game.
Well, I don’t know how to tell you this, so I’ll just say it: Rules aren’t your friends. Rules exist to keep you out of consideration. Rules make it easier for lazy recruiters to stay lazy. Luckily, rules are meant to be broken . . . that is, considering you’re actually looking for results.
Here’s a hint: If you walk up to a tree with a sleeping monkey in it, you probably aren’t going to wake him up by calling his name, offering him a fruit, or tossing little pebbles at him. You have to shake the tree – and I don’t mean just push on it a little bit . . . I mean shake that sucker!
So today, I’m looking at a few different alternatives – I might make some podcasts and/or video as text is old news . . . but I’m going to feature it right here Fast Company.
After all, Fast Company is all about “Where Ideas and People Meet” . . . so I want all of my fellow FC fanatics to have first exposure to the ideas that win in today’s game of job hunting!
Stay posted, Fellow FC Members: Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel.
Yours in Breaking the Rules,
Managing Director, LG & Assoc Search / Talent Strategy