I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but I love what this is about. The job search is a very time-consuming and expensive endeavor. There may be the occasional phone call that needs to be made, a meeting that needs to be called, or a shortlisting to be made. Job seekers can spend countless hours on the phone with people they may know and have no intentions of hiring or even interviewing.
Job search isn’t without risk and expense. Every company is different, but we’ve seen a number of these companies come and go leaving a lot of employees with zero job leads. The key is that you don’t need to hire for a specific job. You just need to know the company and the skills it has and the people it has hired. And the fact that you know the company is a good idea.
If you have experience working with clients, or know someone who does, then you know how to get in front of a prospective client with a short list of a few questions. As a general rule, you should only ask your first question in this way once you have a list of questions you would like to ask them. Ask them a few, then leave it at that. The key is to follow up quickly if the interviewee is responsive and willing to discuss.
It’s probably important to note that most job seekers approach their interviews in a similar way to business types when considering the types of questions they would like to ask. Here’s how they usually start out.
How many times have you had the idea to ask a job seeker a question that has nothing to do with the job they seek? If your job search started with that goal, you are going to find that the people in your life who are most likely to give you the best advice tend to be the ones who have been talking to you.
That said, not all job seekers will be as willing to tell you what to do.
The reality is that most individuals don’t like talking about themselves. They’re already on the defensive, so they just want to avoid talking about their past and how they got there. You’ll often find that most of the advice job seekers get is from people who have done more than just talk to them.
The solution to that, of course, is to be patient and learn what you can from other people. That sounds a lot like the advice that the author of this blog gave when he told his clients that the best advice they would get from him was to follow his advice. But really, he was only giving advice that his clients could figure out for themselves, which is why he was such a bad advice-giver.
To actually achieve something in life, you need to set clear goals and learn what you can from others who have achieved these goals. Even if you have no idea why they did what they did, you can still learn from them, and that’s one of the main reasons why I like to hire people.
So the best advice I can give people today is to follow my advice. But really, if I tell you something, you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. And that’s because it’s not really advice at all. It’s more like a “suggestion,” and the fact is that I’m one of the only people who has done that in the world.