I never advise people to change who they are to get in to a new career!
But isn’t this the most common job search advice you are hearing. Dress this way. Do your resume like this. Apply like this.. Answer interview questions this way.
I have a hard time understanding how a stranger can tell you how to answer an interview question if they don’t know you, what you believe in, what your passionate about.
I have always said, “I can’t give you the answers but I can teach you how to get them.”
We are individuals, we want different things from our jobs, our lives and our futures. Telling everyone “this is what to do” to get a new career doesn’t make sense. You’re being told to stand out by doing the same thing as everyone else. Stand out by blending in?
Believe me when I tell you, this will only confuse you, frustrate you and steal your confidence.
I prescribe that you take control of the only thing you can in your search for a new career- CONTROL THE ONLY THING YOU CAN – CONTROL WHAT YOU DO.
You can’t control the company culture, the mood of the hiring manager on the day you interview nor the agenda of the interviewer. You can;t control if you’re too old, young, inexperienced, over qualified. You can;t control if they will like your outfit, if they like what you have to say to even the way you look.
You can control “who” the hiring manager sees by being honest about what you love and want to do and how and where you want to do it and why you want to do it. You can see the importance of being strategic in this Tony Robbins Vide0 – 4 Reasons to Master Strategies
You can also determine if the company is right for you by telling them what you need from them to perform at your highest level and requiring them to be honest with you in return. Hiring managers lie too and it is up to you to get the truth. Never trust their first answer. They’re going to dig if they don’t like what they hear and I suggest you do the same.
The good news is, it is easier to get to know yourself than it is preparing for every hiring manager your going to meet. You only need to re-acquaint yourself with… well, yourself. Focus on YOU and you will see a change in the results in your search for a new career.
Once you know yourself and your needs and requirements you can start painting a true picture of who you are for hiring managers instead of trying to create the picture you think they want to see. The latter is not possible.
Be someone else and you’ll get a new career doing what they want. Or more probably… not hired at all.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer
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“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world… usually do.” Apple Commercial from 1997…
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