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Excuses… they are the bane of our existence. Literally.
They prevent us from action, which prevents us from living the lives and getting the jobs we deserve. Great things only come as the result of overcoming excuses and taking steps (however big or small) towards our goals.
Listen to these common excuses we give for not getting the jobs we deserve and how to overcome them.
Why do we create resumes?
It’s certainly not about impressing employers because resumes aren’t impressive. They are boring to look at and to read.
Luckily there’s an alternative to resumes. It’s called the portfolio.
Portfolios entertain and inform. They create social evidence, showing
The Importance of Active Learning
Are you stuck in this situation:
- You can’t get a job because you don’t have experience,
- You can’t get experience because you can’t get a job?
It’s classic “chicken or the egg.” Nobody wants to hire us without experience, but what can we do? If we can’t get a job, there’s no way for us to learn. It’s a seemingly unconquerable paradox, but there is a way around it; a way for us to get a job without any experience at all. Here’s how:
It’s Monday morning again and we’ve woken up to another day in paradise. Nothing to do, no job. The bittersweet truth is come Friday, there’s also no paycheck. We’ve entered Unemployment, with a capital “U.” The big question is: now what?
Two choices. We can keep waiting, hoping somebody will call to offer us an interview or we can do what most people don’t, the stuff that consequently makes people ask, “How did you get that job?”
By definition, we don’t have enough when we’re hustling. We lack resources, time and experience. This is okay. We’re always going to feel this way in some regard. Here’s a few thoughts on maximizing our hustling efforts.
We have to work with exactly what we have right now. No more, but as importantly, no less. To be an effective hustler we have to push our resources to the limit.
Today, we really don’t need much in the way of resources to improve our careers. We’re both using a computer, which is the only tool most of us need. There are countless online services
It’s been pretty well understood that good networking is a must-have skill, even during the Old Economy. The benefits of meeting and forming relationships with new people are:
- new insights and ways of looking at the world
- connections to people that weren’t available before
- access to assets you didn’t have access to
- not to mention the relationship itself which might be the most worthwhile reward, really.
In 2010 I had a conversation with the executive chef of the Metropolitan in the restaurant’s bar in downtown Salt Lake City, UT. It went a little something like this:
"So, I’ve been wanting to learn how to cook lately," I opened with.
"Oh yeah?" he replied.
"Yeah," I said, "I was thinking that it would be fun to come shadow you guys in the kitchen… I’d work for free if you’d let me learn from you." I had put forth a bold proposition, but Justin was a nice enough guy so I figured I had a decent shot at piquing his interest.
I know this may sound hard to believe for most of you, but once upon a time a degree meant you got a job. There are a lot of reasons this has changed, which we won’t get into today, but let’s just start off by agreeing that you and many others have been sold a story that no longer holds water.