Sometimes things that don’t really go together can end up being put together to provide the absolute best lessons. So for today here is a simple formula for you to remember for your job-search:
Lesson #1 – College Kids Know Job-Search (Kinda’)
A while back I received the following comment in response to a question I posted online about what people had learned in college. I was expecting to hear the same old, same old from folks like myself whose college days had long passed but instead snagged this piece of gold from a current MTSU student (GO BIG BLUE!).
“The lesson I have learned over the past two years has little to do with linear regression, case studies or promotion. The lesson learned was if we want something bad enough and are willing to put in the work we CAN do things that in the past we thought we couldn’t.”
While what he says is so true about college its also very true of job-search as well. Anyone can learn how to put together a resume or how to answer an interview question but it’s those folks who want it badly enough to go a step further in their search that have the most success.
Lesson #2 – Curiosity Didn’t Kill The Cat
I was lucky enough to go to LinkedIn’s Talent Connect event last week in Las Vegas and one thing that came out of it for me was to be “constantly curious” in everything you do.
In many cases it’s not the people who do what the majority are doing in job-search that have success, it’s those that choose to follow Robert Frost and take the road not taken that get there the quickest.
The Net Result of Lesson #1 and Lesson #2?
So what’s the best advice that can be given when you combine the wisdom of a college kid and a nugget of information from a LinkedIn conference?
- TRY SOMETHING NEW IN YOUR SEARCH AND WORK YOUR BUTT OFF AT IT
- IF THE OLD ISN’T WORKING KICK IT TO THE CURB
- BE WILLING TO DO THE THINGS THAT NO ONE ELSE IS (WITHIN REASON) IN YOUR SEARCH
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!