Whether or not you like Muhammad Ali and think he is the greatest prize-fighter of all time you cannot deny that he had a way with words. In fact, when you look at some of the things he said you realize that they actually translate to job-search very, very well.
A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing. You have to sing about why you are the best for any job you are going after. If you have not seen the light, how do you expect anyone else to?
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Have you gone outside of your comfort zone to try something new for your job-search? How many networking phone calls have you made this week? How many one-on-one networking meetings have you scheduled? Have you been courageous enough to take a risk?
What keeps me going is goals. What are your daily and weekly goals for your job-search? Where do you have them written down to check them off? Don’t have any? What keeps you going then?
The man who has no imagination has no wings. What are you doing to get creative in your job-search? Do you tweet, do you blog, do you do anything but answer ads and get upset when you don’t get called on your submissions? The people who try search outside the box have the greatest chance of attracting attention to themselves.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. Have you figured out what you want to do? Do you know the key words, phrases, and experiences needed in your function/industry? Do you have five, concrete reasons (with examples) of why someone should hire you on the spot? If you don’t put the work in behind the scenes you will never shine on center stage.
If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize. This is what you should tell your job-search every day. Do NOT let your search beat you up – you put it in its place and make sure you control it instead of it controlling you.
What do you think? Does Muhammad Ali know job-search? Is there a key quote that we missed picking up on that belongs here?
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!