Friday, February 25, 2011

"What's The Single Most Important Differentiator Between A Person Who Finds a Job and A Person Who Doesn't?"

"What's the single most important differentiator between a person who finds a job and a person who doesn't?"
We shared a few ideas together and the client seemed pleased, yet the question inspired me to put further thought into the matter. Beyond the basics of know yourself/your brand, outstanding resume, great interview, good fit, blah blah, I wish I had added these things:
~~~ The ability to cope with and manage rejection. This market is unlike any I've witnessed in my many years in the industry. It is not for the faint of heart and the job seeker of today will be rejected several times (most likely) as rejection simply goes with today's job hunt territory. Expect it!
~~~ The resilience factor -- the ability to bounce back quickly and completely once you've been kicked in the head (and heart). Instead of letting a 'no' stop you, don't falter and don't waiver in your commitment to self to keep moving forward. Onward on a daily basis; no excuses! ------->>>>>
~~~ The power of perseverance -- how badly do you want it? The other day, I invited a job seeker to describe their level of commitment to finding a new job. They offered: "Um, a little bit....maybe." Until you promise yourself that you will be 100% invested in your job search on a sustained basis, there is still room for perseverance growth and improvement.
~~~ The failure factor and how it can fuel success. I once had a sign in my office that stated: "Failure is a state of mind." I recall a Tom Peters' line from years ago: "If you are not failing, you are not succeeding" -- a thought applicable to today's job seeker. Find lessons in your job search, business or life failures and use them to fuel your present/future competitive advantage.
~~~ Relentless spirit, drive and motivation to succeed. On a piece of paper, write the number between 1 (low) and 10 (high) that best represents your level of motivation, drive and determination for your job search. If you are recording low numbers on a consistent basis, fire yourself and your current job search plan and then restructure, re-energize, revitalize and re-something yourself and your success strategy until you see the type of results that you so desire, require and expect from yourself.
Yep, that's what I wish I would have said to "John" this morning. :) What would you have said?
posted by: billiesucher

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