With nearly 14 million people in America out of work, more and more people are still finding themselves in the job market having to land a job in a place where more jobs are being lost. This is the toughest environment in 50 years to get a job in and you better have your best game on to do so. While the consensus is that no one is hiring, those are the people that either don’t want it bad enough or don’t want competition for their current position.
Here are the first 6 tips (of 12 total) that will not only get you a job but the job that you want.
1. Decide that you are going to get a job and eliminate all other options. Treat unemployment benefits like the plague and a non-option. Unemployment benefits will not prove beneficial to you in the future as they will ultimately destroy your job prospects going forward.
2. Spend more time replacing the lost job than you spent at the job you lost! Take the attitude that getting a job is your job and if you have to spend 50 hours a week doing so, do it!
3. A Job is Better than NO Job. Even if you have to take something you consider beneath you, it is better to stay connected in the workforce with less pay than disconnected from the workforce with unemployment benefits! (Refer to #1 again.)
4. Disregard all the talk that no one is hiring! There are always companies looking for productive, solution-oriented people that can help their company grow. While there are 16 million people without work, most companies have not gone out of business. Have the attitude that you will find a job and stay away from other unemployed people, as they are likely to contaminate your attitude.
5. Do NOT rely on your resume. While it needs to be current and list all of your accomplishments, do not rely on it to land your job — it won’t! Companies don’t hire resumes they hire people that can help move the company forward. A resume will not get you a job!
6. Do NOT rely on others to get you your next job. Headhunters and recruiters are representing many people, and no one is going to present you better than you will. Go into this endeavor with the belief that you are the ONLY one that will make this happen!
If you apply these tips exactly as they are written, I assure you that no matter the economy you will be employed. In my next blog, I’ll show you the final six tips that will get you into the job you’ve always wanted and deserved.
Grant Cardone, International Sales Training Expert & NY Times Best-Selling Author