A few weeks ago, we spoke about why EVERY job seeker should have an elevator pitch ("Memorize this word for word").
Hopefully, you've created one by now.
(If not, you might want to consider joining Dream Job Formula -- because, in this program, I take you through the process of: (a) determining what you want from your dream job; (b) figuring out your "unique selling point" as a candidate; and (c) putting together an elevator pitch, resume, and cover letter that work together to position you as a star candidate.)
Here's a simple rule that will serve you well:
I.e. it will create new opportunities for you for years to come, including job opportunities right now and career advantages later on.
When you're at an event, and you've just met someone new, and you've had an interesting conversation that you both want to continue offline, and you're about to shake their hand and move on...
Ask for their business card.
It's been almost a week since I shared my idea with you -- about teaching you one new habit or improvement you can make to your job search game, that will help you double your chances of landing a job in 72.
We've already seen some great stuff.
Like, how you can put a small twist on the traditional "thank you" note to make them many times more effective...
One of my favorite movies is It's a Wonderful Life.
Although it contains many important life lessons -- and quite a few lessons about success -- there's one that always stood out to me:
George (the main character) was about to jump off a bridge and into a freezing river -- over a missing $8,000 (which was worth a lot more in those days). However, after his guardian angel talks him out of it, and when George returns home... he sees that all his friends and neighbours had pulled together and found $8,000 to help him out, without his asking for it.
There was another scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that left an impression on me, and I think every job candidate ought to take heed:
It's Charlie's birthday, and Grandpa George and Grandpa Joe bought him a Wonka Bar. The first ticket already got found by the German kid. Everyone's gathering around, watching Charlie open the bar, hoping the second one is inside waiting for him. Charlie asks:
"I've got the same chance as anybody else, haven't I? "
Just a few days ago I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory -- the *real* version with Gene Wilder, not that newer abomination -- for what was probably the twentieth time. It's one of my favorite movies ever.
Anyway, when I was watching it this time around, I realized there's an important lesson in this movie for anyone who's looking for a job -- especially folks who are struggling to make it past the interview stage.
Can you guess what this lesson is?
A few days, we talked about being an “older” candidate facing an interviewer who looks like they were born around the time you landed your first job.
For many seasoned and experienced candidates, it can be a nerve-wracking situation. And, if you are unsure how to approach the situation, it can often be difficult to win them over.
However, if know how to approach the situation, it’s possible to turn age differences into a non-issue and parlay your experience into an asset that wins the job.
Remember that blog the other day
"Should Mark give up trying to get a job?"
Well, over the last few days, I've received a flood of emails from other Daily Success Boost readers who, not too long ago, were in the exact same position:
Over the age of 50, struggle to get interviews (even though they have all the qualifications for the role and decades' worth of valuable experience) – and they're thinking about giving up on getting back into work again.
Can you relate?
Last week, a Daily Success Boost reader sent me the following message.
(Let's call him "Mark" – I changed his name for privacy reasons.)
It breaks my heart when I receive messages like this, but I wanted to share it with you today because I know there are a lot of "Marks" reading this now.
Here it is:
A few weeks back, I was catching up with an old friend of mine.
She was complaining about her dating life.
It turns out she'd just met this guy called Ryan, and had gone on a few dates with him, only to be disappointed.
You see, Ryan seemed like a great catch.