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The Key To Getting A Job In This Down Economy - by Dan Robey
We are in the midst of a global recession. Unemployment is at an all time high. There are more and more people applying for the same jobs. Only the people that stand out will be hired. What can you do to stand out when you walk in to that all important job interview?
What can you do to increase your odds of getting a great job in a down job market? Here is a strategy that has been proven to dramatically increase your chances of landing a great job. Think of yourself as a "Personal Service Corporation".
What does that mean?
It does not matter what you do in life, you are providing services to someone. Housewives, Salesmen, CEO's, Mothers, Fathers, we are all providing services to someone or some company and we should think of ourselves as a personal service corporation. It is VERY important that you begin to think of yourself as a personal service corporation from this point forward, you will see why as you continue to read this article.
Okay, now that we have established that "YOU" are a personal services corporation, how does that positively affect your ability to get a great job? First, lets think about what makes you valuable to any potential employer.
First and foremost is your ability to help the company grow and prosper. But how can you help a company grow and prosper when you know nothing about them. This is where it gets good. Study the products and services your potential employer sells. Do internet research and find out who their competitors are, find out everything you can about their products, what markets do they sell to.
Think of ways that you could help your potential employer sell more products or provide more services. Turn your research into a short business plan document. Embed pictures and graphs that you have downloaded from the internet into your document, they will make your document look very professional in a short period of time.
It is important that you spend a few hours creating this Powerpoint Presentation or Word Document that illustrates the business plan you have researched. Your goal is to create a powerful presentation in a short period of time that you can bring with you to your job interview. The presentation does not have to be perfect, it is the fact that you have created it that is so very important.
Now, let me ask you this question. How much more valuable are you now to your potential employer? How many applicants do you think will walk into a job interview armed with a well researched and documented business plan on how to increase sales and market share?
You guessed it ... probably NO ONE!
Let me ask you another question. Do you think you will stand out as a job applicant? You bet you will! How do I know this? I used this same technique to get my first "Fortune 500" IT job. I spent several hours putting together a competitive market research document including charts and graphs and preliminary internet design comps. I brought this presentation with me when I went for my job interview.
The man who interviewed me was blown away ... my recruiter called me the next day and said, "They want to hire you RIGHT NOW." Now think about this. It only took me a few hours to do the research and create the short business plan that I presented to my potential employer but those few hours translated into a job that forever changed my life.
Think about how much more confidence you will have as you walk into the job interview armed with the knowledge that you are a personal service corporation that is already providing valuable services to a company that has not even hired you yet. The key word here is YET!
Dan Robey is the author of the best selling book "The Power of Positive Habits", which is published in 22 countries worldwide. To learn more about how Positive Habits can change your life, and to sign up for a free 21 day e-course on Positive Habits, click here