Super Job Finding Tips (Pt 1)

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Booking under: Keith

Hello! Due to some personal issues, I had to sit out from blog writing for a bit. Alas, it’s good to be back. Thanks to those of you who showed love and support throughout!

This month’s chapter is titled How not to get a job and contains some awesome tips on how to (or how not to) find a job. Here are my three takeaways:

Don’t look in the most obvious places

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Highly recommended tools: a laptop and two hands.

In other words, the Internet.

Of course, plenty of people (including me) found their current jobs via the internet, and often through corporate/job listing sites. While that’s the convenient and conventional way of discovering job options, Bill and Dave believe this may not be the best way.

In fact, many of the best jobs at a certain company might not be openly posted online. And if a job is posted online, it will often be a generic description designed to attract as many similar and qualified candidates as possible. “We’re looking for a passionate, detail-oriented candidate with strong analytic qualities.” How many times have you read something like that?

Instead, many of the best jobs for you might not even require hunting via the Internet. Often, you might discover a wonderful opportunity via someone you know, a professional group you’re a part of, or a recruiter might reach out to you!

Fit then flourish

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Get to where you want to go, then do what you want to do.

This is a point that might sound counterintuitive. We often want to immediately impress the hiring manager and therefore go crazy with listing our skills and achievements. Bill and Dave’s insight here to fit in first, then impress.

So instead of showing off, in cover letter or interview, our wide range of talents, our authors encourage us to first demonstrate our fit for the job in question. If the role requires strong interpersonal skills or a rigorous analytical background, repeat those words in your application (as long as you’re not lying about yourself). Your application will be easier to find in databases and you would’ve shown the hiring manager that you have the skills they are looking for. After satisfying that demand, you can go ahead and share your other skills later in the application process.

Beware of super-job descriptions

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Mega-job description: get famous

Often, a company’s job descriptions are based on the last candidate who held the job. But since no employee is perfect, the manager writing the job description may come up with a super-job description: a JD that includes the strengths/skills of the previous job holder plus other strengths/skills that the manager wants.

As you might expect, the problem with these super JDs is that few people, if any, can satisfy them. And even you can, you still might be walking into a tougher job than you expected.

As a word of warning, our authors recommend checking the details around a job posting. If no candidate has been found after 4-6 weeks or if more than 8 people have been through the process, the job might really be an unrealistic super-job.

Summing Up

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It’s good to be back, and it’s better to read these tips on job finding. Want more tips? Check back next week as Nicole shares some additional tips from this chapter, then tune in later this month as we look back at our own job seeking processes. Hopefully we won’t be too embarrassed!

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