Don’t do something illegal or immoral to get a job. Lying, blackmail…you know better than that.
However, Ruthlessly exploiting everything good about your life is not wrong. Let me give you some things people have said to me that I think are crazy.
You are crazy if you say:
- I will not use my family connections to get a job.
- My friends are too close to my heart for me to ask them for help.
- I refuse to use their emotions about my situation.
- Inviting them to lunch is brown nosing and sucking up.
- I won’t tell them I left because I was sick. I don’t want their sympathy.
- I want the job, but I don’t feel right pressing them to choose me.
- It is greedy asking for more money.
- Taking this job to get experience, when I plan to leave later, is wrong.
- I’m a veteran, but it is not fair to use that to get a job.
Let’s look at that last point. A few veterans actually forget that the leadership, teamwork, calmness under fire, discipline and fortitude they developed is uncommon. They feel they just did their duty. No big thing. Why bring it up?
Your life experience makes a difference, whatever that experience is. You need to use it and exploit it. People connect emotionally and help each other all the time. Don’t be afraid of that.
Because so many people have a problem ruthlessly using every advantage they have.
Something To Do Today
What is unusual about your past and your experience? Think about it and write it down. How can you use this in an interview or on a resume?