Leverage point #1:
You -- and only you -- decide what specific jobs you apply for.
This is where you get the most leverage.
Are you applying for jobs where you're not just qualified, but where you are their *dream candidate*?
Are you chasing the 15% of jobs that make it to the "public" job market (after being passed over by other candidates who are in the know)?
Or are you applying for those 85% of jobs (the best jobs) that are filled via the private job market? (Remember, when you're in the running for a "private market" job, you often get to skip a lot of the HR nonsense.)
Leverage point #2:
You -- and only you -- decide what people see on your resume.
If your resume doesn't make the cut, then it's up to you to give your resume an upgrade. Remember, at the earliest stages of the game, it's not you that gets rejected -- it's your resume they reject. Never forget that.
Leverage point #3:
You -- and only you -- decide how you want to answer their questions.
Remember, almost every question an interviewer will ever throw at you is just a variation of the same twenty interview questions. In Interview Success Formula, we show you how to prepare for these questions so, again, you can present yourself in the best possible light and give interviewers exactly what they're hoping to see from their dream candidate.
Leverage point #4:
You -- and only you -- decide what salary you're willing to accept.
Hear me out.
It's all about bargaining power, which comes from putting more irons in the fire. If you're desperate for *a* job and this is the only one for which you're in the running, interviewers will smell it a mile away.
On the other hand, if you've followed my advice above, you should have several solid opportunities on the horizon. This puts you in a position where you afford to turn away any offer that doesn't meet your expectations.
Leverage point #5:
You -- and only you -- decide your attitude.
I left this one until last, but it's the most powerful one.
Yes, lots of stuff happens during the job seeking and hiring process that's outside your control. Yes, people will let you down. Yes, people will screw you over. But you can always control who you're going to be in the face of what happens to you. Nobody or nothing can ever dampen your attitude unless you let them. Your positive attitude is your greatest weapon in this game.
Those are the five leverage points you'll always have as a job seeker.