I learned to apply and get jobs through impressing the audience, the employer.
I learned to polish my CV. I practiced interviews with my friend who asked me the standard questions. And after each rejection I edited my application letter.
But shortly after living in Thailand as a semi-pro fighter, I knew that my CV was unlikely to compete with the 10 years of experience, or the master’s degree, or the perfect career path anymore.
The CV system had no space for unconventional outsiders. I was where everyone warned me before. Had I just studied, or gathered some more experience.
What I had though was a story. And the willingness to work for a specific company.
After I got the job, I realised that the CV matters less than the enthusiasm and the genuine reason why.
The job hunt can be a nasty business. Yet I believe we often think in ways that doesn’t serve ANYONE. Here are a few points that I think are worth mentioning. They may be controversial, but I’m okay by taking full responsibility for them 🙂 – and they may give a slight different perspective:
- No matter how difficult the circumstances, or what your background is, there is always a way to do what you love.
- There’s always a way to positively stand out. How to stand out? When all the fishes swim left, swim right.
- The endless CV question: There’s a way around the CV’s if we would just stop complaining and open our eyes.
- Make connections, spread the word. Look out for people who are like-minded.
- Jobs are not given away according to the correct punctuation in your CV, but according to the value that you can bring to the company.
- The value you bring to a company not only includes skill, but also the love for what you do, the passion, the enthusiasm.
- “Trying to impress” is the greatest trap and one of the most selfish things to approach anything – any relationship and is only rooted in an insecurity or lack of self-worth. In short: If people only care about themselves – how can they expect that anyone cares for them?
- If the company doesn’t excite you – move on. You do no favor for anyone.
At the end of the day, finding the job that fits and excites is like finding yourself a partner.
It’s an inner game of love and self-respect.
When it fits there’s no “practice” in “what to say” required – you both just know… And you do everything you can. You give your best. Not because you need to – but because you know that you have to.
I believe we get it the wrong way around. At least that’s how I learned it. Impress – be a good boy. Fit into the standards… Well… at least to me, it’s not how I want to build any relationship…
As a side note: Break ups happen. They hurt. They can be devastating and painful. But they just happen… People change. And so do companies. Often it brings a great opportunity to learn and find something that fits even better. When it’s time for finding a new job: Starting with point one may help.
Thank you for reading 🙂
Photo by Ian Schneider