Get the Job
A topic may be presented to you and you must write out a discussion on it. There is not a "correct" answer to the topic. You must evaluate the topic, organize your ideas, and develop them into a cohesive and coherent response. We are a society obsessed with "rights." Everyone has right to vote, a right to life, and a right to liberty. Some people even think they have a right to eat good food, a right to drive a nice car, and a right to live in a nice house. It is the latter group that causes the productive majority headaches, never ceasing their whining for entitlements while never wanting the responsibility or work required to earn such luxuries.
How to Make Yourself Irresistible to Employers
Many of these same people think they have a right to a job, and a lot of them are unemployed (giving some support to unemploymentism)- this gives you a distinct advantage to distinguish yourself from the crowd as a "doer" instead of a "wanter." Business is about getting things done, not about watching the clock and collecting a paycheck. Even if that's your intent (there's nothing wrong with a day's work for a day's pay, but you can't let future employers know this is your intent- you must make them think you are "driven to execute," willing to "make it happen" by working 60 hours a week when they cut your staff or department in half), you must communicate your problem-solving "doing" orientation at the very first meeting to get the job.
Make the First Impression Work For YouSince first impressions are hard to undo, by showing a "doer" attitude in the first meeting, you will be making your future job and performance appraisals a LOT more positive. Perception IS reality, at work more than almost anywhere else. A manager will actually observe you working only about 1-2% of the time- the rest of their opinion of you is their perception of your performance through first impressions and whatever information filters up to them.
Change Your Attitude, Change Your RealityWe will cover the specifics of sending the "doer" message in detail in later chapters, but right now you need to consider your entire attitude in the job seeking process. Whatever your true motivations (e.g. "I need a job or I'll lose my house!"), you must focus on the customer, the employer, and concentrate on what you can offer an employer, not what an employer can offer you. In every communication with potential employers, you must attempt to include evidence of this attitude. Given the desperation exhibited by most job seekers, you will have an incalculable advantage.
Last Updated: 02/26/2013