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How To Find A Job

This blog post is relatively small and simple. Yet, as you will see, it is of immense use to anyone in today’s world. I do not want to make it any more complicated than necessary.

My friend Tony has a recession proof career. No matter what happens to the economy, or to his company, he seems to be always in demand. His last company went through a wave of retrenchments, and he happily accepted a payout. He was quite certain, something will show up when he wanted to rejoin the workforce after a short break – and sure enough, it did. This got me thinking, and finally I also spoke to him to find out his secret.

Here are the two keys to a recession proof career: As he says, this is easier said than done.



It takes years to earn the trust, and days to lose it. Millions of small things done well on a consistent basis day-after-day results in the type of reputation that he has developed. Yet, the primary quality has been to represent things in a very realistic light, and never fake them.

 1. Earn the TRUST for CARING:

agreementTony is known among his peers as a person of integrity who truly cares about his peers. He works hard to earn and keep their trust. He is well spoken, and only promises what can be delivered. While he does not take himself too seriously, people do take his word seriously. The net impact of all this is that people want him on their team because they know that he will contribute to his full capability. Over the past 14 years I have seen him accept bigger and bigger challenges on a consistent basis, and met these successfully. Yet, he has always been truthful about where he will need help in each case. This has allowed him to grow personally and professionally into the kind of person who is always in demand.

2. Become known for being better than anyone else in your field:

businessmen-in-a-rowCombined with the point 1 above is his sense of direction. He has become a go to person for his area of expertise. Over years I have watched him seeks assignments, postings, and projects that will develop his expertise and sharpen his practical knowledge. Rarely has he ever spoken about the pay-offs and bonuses from his postings and assignments. Almost in every case, his focus has been on how it will sharpen his edge and broaden his horizons. That slightest edge he has over others in his area of expertise is enough to tip the scale in most cases.And, that is why he never appears to anxious about his career prospects.



I will end this blog post here – because i have given the central message of this post. Only question outstanding is – how to do each one of these two things? I have written numerous posts that answer this question.


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  • Bennett Garner, Life lessons for the young and ambitious | Published on Idealist says:

    Most answers to this question will give you vague advice like “start networking!” or “get a mentor!” or “re-write your resume!” In the end, vague advice like that tends to be difficult to follow. You may feel good reading it, and those things can be important. But before anything else, there’s one prerequisite that makes all of those things easier:

    Work hard at the job you have in front of you.

    Too many people neglect this simple part. They think success comes from tips and tricks and tactics to get raises and promotions.

    To get good at something – to become valuable – you need to work hard at it. Learn your craft. Whatever it is, become so good that you’re now essential.

    Become so good that people come to you with questions. (a.k.a. – Growing your network)
    Become so good that you start to talk to people who are smarter and more experienced. (a.k.a. – Getting mentorship)
    Become so good that you have solid accomplishments to your name. (a.k.a. – Building your resume)
    Work hard first, then worry about the promotions and the raises.

  • Elias says:

    Every day I watch and listen to people who are applying for jobs just for the sake of applying, without actually trying to find out everything they can about the company, about the person who leads the company, about the people who will review job applications…

    Find out why the hell is that the company is looking to hire someone.

    Find out what is the problem they are trying to solve and explain to them why you are the one who will solve the problem in the best way possible and thereby give them value.

    They don’t give you a job, but they hire you to solve them a problem and, with solving the problem, you give them value.

    Make sure your application is different from others. In the sea of white papers, will yours get noticed? Of course not.

    The even better option is to document your journey, what you are learning, what you do, and so employers or recruits can find you, not the other way round. Be visible and you make your work and your knowledge visible, too. It’s more important than a CV.

    Do not present yourself as an expert if you are not one, but show that you are on the way to becoming it.

  • Jonathan says:

    You can have work that you hate, but coworkers that you just love to share that information with (i.e. all the stupid stuff customers say, all the stupid stuff the boss does, etc.) because they make funny stories. Or you can have a job that you hate, but have things to come home to that you love to do. It’s all a matter of perspective. Unless there’s something specific that makes you hate it, then it sucks because you decided it sucks.

  • Troy Erstling, works at BrainGain says:

    Here is everything you will ever need to know about finding work with a startup abroad…

    1) Begin researching geographies that you would like to be working in, and potential companies that you find interesting. Some great resources for this are AngelList and http://Crunchbase.com. For Angel list simply type in the name of the city you are interested in, and voila you get a list of great companies and a signal of how well they have been doing. For checking funding information check CrunchBase.

    2) Now the inherent problem with step #1 is that most companies don’t know how to handle your visa, or won’t be willing to pay the minimum salary attached to your visa; for this reason, many won’t even be willing to speak with you. Hiring foreign talent is usually an expensive and cumbersome process for the company, and especially when they consider having to find you housing and getting you acclimated they will be worried about how long you can stay for.

    3) Test your waters. See what companies say. If you run into the problems from #2 and find that you aren’t making any progress, then start considering other options. If you are getting good responses and can push for the minimum salary (which usually means good pay) then more power to you.

    Hope this helps!

  • Maverick says:

    Have a strong online presence

    You can take advantage of social networks when hunting for a job. Check if you have a high-quality LinkedIn profile: add detailed information about your experiences and skills, choose a professional-looking photo and ask colleagues for recommendations.

    Adding your LinkedIn profile and website showcasing your portfolio (if you’re a designer or developer, for instance) to every job application makes you stand out from the crowd of candidates.

    Make sure you have an account in relevant websites related with the position that you applied. For example: for developers, having an account on GitHub and Stack Overflow can make you a better candidate.

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