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How to get your next job

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Cutting right to the chase, below are 7 things I did to get my current job. Please note that this is not a gimmick. All of my words were sincere. Sincerity is a prerequisite for long-lasting success.

  1. Get your mind right and be prepared
    My good friend and coach, Ciro DiSclafani (aka, “The Dream Job Maven”), told me that I have to realize that I am a linchpin. According to dictionary.com, a linchpin is something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together. Best-selling author, Seth Godin, wrote a book entitled Linchpin. It is a must read. With knowing what a linchpin is and realizing that my skill set qualified me as one, I went looking for a company that was to my liking rather than looking for a place where I could fit it. I decided to be an agent of change rather than a conformist. When you are prepared, success tends to happen.

  2. Tell others that you’re looking for a new job.

    Platinum rap artist, Jay-Z, said it best when he said, “A closed mouth don’t get fed.” You can’t keep your job search a secret. You have to go tell it on the mountain and then go down into the valley and shout it loud there too. Don’t forget all the places in-between. The funny thing about how I got my current job is that a subordinate is the one who gave me the lead. Don’t judge people. You never know who they know.

  3. Research your target company/companies

    Remember, it is all about you. You should not be trying to fit it. Seek a company that fits you – where you see yourself prospering. It is like getting married. You have to know who you are partnering up with. One thing I really liked was that the CEO calls himself The Chief Happiness Officer. How cool is that? I learned that he actually pioneered the onsite outsourcing concept and got back in the game to right the ship as he is displeased with how his ideas are being presented by other companies.

  4. Be and intrapreneur

    According to Wikipedia.com, In 1992, The American Heritage Dictionary acknowledged the popular use of a new word, intrapreneur, to mean “A person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation”. Intrapreneurship is now known as the practice of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques, that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship. Being an intrapreneur is what shows people that you are in fact a linchpin.

  5. Be a squeaky wheel

    A lot of people submit resumes via job search engines, but you just end up being what Pink Floyd sang about – Just another brick in the wall. What I did was submit my resume through the company’s website then immediately sent a hand-written greeting card to the company’s CEO. Here is what I said in the card:

    Dear Mr. Weiner:

    I know you keep a busy schedule but I was hoping that you could squeeze me in for an interview.

    I recently submitted my resume via email for consideration as an Experience Manager but I wanted to send you a quick note so that you notice me.

    Hey, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, right (smile)?

    I really like what I’ve seen and heard about your company and I think we would be a good match.

    Please review my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/tyroneturner.

    I have been fortunate enough to receive recommendations from clients, peers, supervisors and direct reports.

    After reviewing my resume and recommendations, I think you will agree that I am a good candidate for joining your team.

    “We should all be concerned with the future because we will spend the rest of our lives there.” ~ Charles F. Kettering

    I hope to meet with you soon.

    Kind regards,

    Tyrone Turner

  6. Follow-up with a phone call

    I followed-up my greeting card with a phone call. That showed the prospective employer that I was really serious about getting this new job. The human resources contact told me that most people never call. They just email.

  7. Make your mark

    As soon as I started working for my current company, I looked at the way my operation was working and I followed the legendary Bruce Lee’s advice: “Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.” The operation already had a lot of systems in place, but I have been using my powers of persuasion and my knack for dealing with difficult people to improve moral and overall performance. The future with my current employer looks bright!

The point here is folk, that going about getting the job or career you want needs to be approached systematically. Be prepared, be honest, and be focused and committed to get a company that YOU can hire.

All the best.