Success Factors of Top Job Seekers
Many times I get the question: “What does it take to land a job?” Such a difficult question since the answers vary by jobseeker, location, objectives and quite simply sheer luck. Here, we will share some of the success factors of job seekers we have seen.
We all know the old adage “Lucky people are good and good people are lucky”. So a successful jobseeker can be lucky, but don’t sit around waiting for luck to come to you, make your own luck. We’ve seen very successful job seekers meet people though Twitter. One notable example is a jobseeker who rather than always tweeting items about being desperate for a job, Tweeted facts and knowledge about her field – marketing and PR. Several socially-savy companies noticed her witty Tweets, and opportunities began arriving on her desk. What’s specifically interesting about this example is that she actually began realizing her skills were needed in a broader way adn she turned down the jobs offered and started a social media business! Luck has something to do with this success, but she put herself in a position to be lucky. Certainly, everyone cannot start his or her own business, but by putting her name out there, this job seeker put herself in a position to be successful.
Too many job seekers lock themselves into a specific career path or industry. If you have been looking for a while, time to think about doing something different, or, how about a twist on what you have been doing? Break down your qualifications into very generic skill sets – to do this, try to explain what you do in plain English vs. your former employer’s terms. Search for these skills in your favorite job search engine. If you haven’t tried ours yet, please try it: www.JackalopeJobs.com. When you look for these skills, you may find different companies and/or job descriptions, which can take you into new directions.
This is an interesting situation which happened to me years ago: I spent the month of June stressing out over my job search, hitting my network, trying to grab openings and figuring out what I wanted to do next. I did nail an interview early in my job search, but the feedback was that I was really nervous during this interview (STRESS!). One good friend of mine set me up with another interview after the Fourth of July weekend, but under one condition: “Just have a great long weekend with your family and try to not to stress too much over this job search.” Two weeks after the holiday, got the interview…and passed the test. The job offer was a little slow to come, but while waiting to hear from them, another interview came along followed by another job offer! I was actually able to turn down the first offer. I guess I had a great Fourth of July weekend!
A Little Giving.
Certainly the priority is focusing on getting the job. Check that. It’s getting YOU the job. However, try to occasionally help someone else. Helping another job seeker has some good residual benefits to you; (1) you can always learn from looking at someone else’s job search and sometimes the advice you provide can be also used in your search; (2) hopefully someone you help can reciprocate the favor; (3) it’s just a good thing to do and good things happen to those who give.
Are these the three most important factors? For some perhaps, for others, probably not. But, these are three factors where we have seen success in a job search.