Eric Schmidt helped build Google.
In the book he wrote with Jonathon Rosenberg, called How Google Works, they talk about their "LAX rule" for choosing the best new hires.
It's a company house rule that every manager was encouraged to follow.
And the reason I'm telling you about it now is that a lot of hiring managers, especially younger ones look up to Eric Schmidt. They've read How Google Works, and they use this "LAX rule" for their own hiring decisions.
It goes like this:
If the hiring manager was trapped in LAX because their flight was delayed, could they endure 4-5 hours talking with this candidate?
Let's talk about "mojo".
It's that indescribable quality – which most of us have experienced at some point in our lives – when people just respond to you differently.
They laugh at your jokes.
They take you more seriously.
It feels an awful lot like dating. And even the ugly guys won't call you back."
That's how someone on LinkedIn described the job seeking process. (I think it was LinkedIn. It might have been a different online platform. I wrote it down in my notebook a few months ago, meaning to share it with you.)
You know, in many ways the job seeking process *really is* like dating – and that's why I'll often use dating/relationship metaphors to make a point.
Here's something we hear a lot from frustrated job seekers:
"I've sent out more than 100 resumes... I've applied for dozens of jobs... but have only landed a few interviews. Nobody wants to give me a break."
Can you relate to this?
If so, don't be so hard on yourself. Because this is something that a LOT of folks experience and, thankfully, it's easier to solve than you might think.
Today, I'm going to share with you something simple you can do to improve your professional profile, and show up on more hiring managers' radars.
It doesn't cost any money.
It requires some time, but not a lot (one or two hours, max).
You don't even need to leave your house.
Most of us know that gratitude is good for soul.
But it's also good for your career prospects -- especially if you're going through a difficult transition right now.
Candidates who cultivate a genuine sense of gratitude come across to interviewers as more grounded, more charismatic, and more attractive.
So it really pays to remind yourself about all the things in your life that are great right now. Even if things aren't entirely perfect.
Every job seeker needs a friend like Jas.
She's the kind of person who reads dozens of newspapers every day, and scans through job boards in her spare time.
She has her ear to the ground -- and if a company in your town is hiring, she's usually the first to know.
We've all heard the old saying:
"It's not what you know, it's who you know."
There's a lot of truth in these words, but a lot of folks have it wrong.
In reality, "what" you know counts for a lot -- especially when it comes to how you've applied this knowledge in order to achieve results in your past jobs.
Here's a simple way to stay sharp while you're looking for a job, increase your confidence, meet interesting people, and even create new opportunities.
(It's something I recommend every job seeker does.)
Volunteer -- i.e. donate your skills and experience to your community.
Here are some different ways you could do that:
Here's a question I receive quite often:
"What if I'm just the same as every other candidate? What if there's no genuine reason why a hiring manager should choose me over everyone else who's also applying for the same job? What if I don't stand out?"
This is the most important part of applying to any job -- having a clearly defined Unique Selling Proposition that sets you apart from the competition.