IQ experts say that Thomas Jefferson was one of the smartest men ever born. I don’t doubt he was brilliant. However he once said “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” He harnessed his brilliance to the ox of hard work. Without his hard work, that incredible brain would have been wasted.
I am sure there have been many others born who were smarter than Jefferson, no matter what the experts say. Those who were smarter were never recognized because they either worked in obscurity or didn’t work much at all. They used their brilliance to just get by.
Even the best poker players need luck. However, they also spend time practicing and perfecting their art. Learning to be the best at what you do and figuring out what the right moves are will be your best chances of having that luck with you.
Two things you can do to be doing better than just getting by:
You have to work hard
You have to be recognized
I constantly talk to job seekers who have managed to get themselves into a great position. They work hard, have a great attitude and are willing to take chances. Interestingly, they commit with all their heart even though they may change jobs or positions frequently. They commit, work hard and make sure their accomplishments are recognized.
These superstars often hit bumps in the road. I know one that went from COO, to $24,000 per year junior associate, then back up to senior associate at $70,000 per year in 24 months. A year later he was CTO. He makes commitments, works hard and gets recognized.
Something to do today
It is time to look at your habits. Are you performing at the level you want to be recognized at? In other words, work hard and get recognized.
Tips for job seekers and Halloween trick or treaters are just about the same. Think about how each of these directly applies to looking for a job.
If you are scared, get your dad (a coach) to help on a few doors.
Dress for success. Look the part from your hair to your shoes, bag and greeting.
The neighborhood you call on defines the size of the treats you get.
Not everyone is giving out one pound candy bars, but they are all worth visiting.
The more houses you call on, the more likely you will get a one pound candy bar.
Go BACK to the biggest house with the best candy later.
The most successful trick or treaters plan their routes and run from door to door.
If you don’t knock, they won’t answer.
If the porch light is out, you won’t get any candy, but you may get advice.
Some of the scariest houses give the best treats.
You get more treats if you start early and work late.
Asking for candy in the traditional way works, ingenuity may get you more.
Helping a little kid can double your take.
Always say thank you.
Sometimes they just ran out of treats, sorry.
Going with friends (groups and social media) can make a scary neighborhood safer.
It is a night of cold calling, even if you know the people.
Trade candy (leads) afterwards to get what you really want.
If you go to a party instead, and complain, you won’t get a big bag of candy.
Don’t blow out the candle in the pumpkin.
Do it again next year, only better, now that you have experience.
Wow! I could write 21 articles based on those points. Let me make a few quick points instead.
Planning and preparation. If you want the best chance of quick success, take 15 minutes each day and an additional 4 hours each week to review results, make lists, THINK, and plan for the coming week. And make sure you have resumes that are attractive so people to call you back.
Work hard and fast. Actually do what you plan. Make calls and contacts daily. It is amazing how often luck follows hard work.
Go back again. You should be talking to your best prospects at least monthly. If you spend 15 minutes thinking and looking for a reason to call, you can usually come up with a helpful reason to call almost anyone.
Work together. Share leads. Offer to critique other’s resumes. Suggest websites, books, and other job search ideas. A lot of people find the perfect job in the castoffs and contacts from someone else’s search. Go to someone else’s house and both of you make calls at the same time.
Be polite. Just because they say “No” doesn’t mean they hate you. Say thank you and contact them again if it is a company you really want to join. Never burn bridges or “blow out the candle” with anyone.
Have a great Halloween, and an even better job search. Good luck finding that one pound candy bar!