Your job search may feel like a hired hit, when you’ve got your target in sight but you wind up being the victim in your own game of kill or be killed. It’s not like you are the star in a Scorsese flick, but it sure feels like you will need more than a little help from the likes of Rick Grimes when it comes to protecting your career. When your job search is starting to feel like an “inside job” you have to quickly figure out who your friends are and eliminate your enemies if you ever stand a chance at winning your next job offer.
Finding a job is as much work as keeping a job. You need to not only comb the Internet and use every opportunity available to you but you may even have to make friends with your enemies in order to get ahead. What does that mean exactly? It means you have to put down your pride, occasionally kiss butt and take prisoners if you are going to be more than just assertive in your job pursuit.
Your single most important asset when looking for your next job are the friends you keep along the way. Even if that means you don’t have many friends, it’s time you start collecting them and shore up your defenses in times of crises. Knowing the right people, no matter in what industry you are seeking work, is your biggest asset when trying to get a foot in anywhere. Yes a great resume helps, the right wardrobe can work wonders, but if you are not connecting with the best people that can help you attain your goals, than you are not doing all that it takes to get your next job.
Creating your own band of brothers’ means you are leveraging not only the network you may already have, but any new recruits you can muster up along the road as well. You may be able to get ahead with your looks or your smarts but as the song says, “You get by with a little help from my friends” never rang so true. People can make or break your chances at moving ahead. When you think you’ve got what it takes to make it, if you are not connected and aligned with the right people who are moving up, your chances of finding and securing your next job fall off considerably.
The next time you are thinking of making a career move, evaluate who you have as your hit team and create your job search the way you would an inside job, by hitting up one member of your gang after another. Knowing whom your friends are is an important part of the job search process. Don’t fall victim to thinking blind resumes and your LinkedIn network is all you need. Reach out and touch EVERYONE who is able to help you secure your next job and don’t let up until you’ve made the final score.
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Original post, October, 2014
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