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The First Step To Getting a (Better) Job Is To Stop Being Boring


Robby

Hey you. You’re boring. I know that seems like a bold claim to make to someone reading an article online, especially considering we’ve probably never met before, but I bet it’s true. Most people are boring. Or rather, most people try to appear boring because that’s what they think employers want in candidates.

The opposite is true. You’re not actually boring. You’re an exciting, engaging person with a complex personality, a fascinating life story, and a variety of interests. And it’s also not the case at all that companies are looking to hire boring people, but for some reason that’s what it seems like people think. Now is the time to recognize it, and stop it.

Bored Kid
© Flickr User John Morgan

Here are some boring things you probably do in your job search:

You look for jobs online, and apply to them using the process requested by the employer. That’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Except, that’s not all that interesting, and most jobs are found through networking, not applying directly. You should figure out who you know and make the interview not matter.

You have a résumé that looks like everyone else’s résumé. This one is absolutely crazy to me. Your résumé should be as creative as you are. At the least, consider changing the layout from the standard template you downloaded online or copied from your friend who got it from a friend. Use some graphics. Google “creative résumé designs” and get inspired. Take a graphic designer friend to lunch and get their feedback. Do something that isn’t boring.

You’re too conservative in the interview. The one time you don’t want to be careful is when you’re interviewing. This is the chance to throw out bold ideas and suggestions. If you seem boring when you apply and you get hired, people will expect you to always be that boring. And if the interviewers don’t like you speaking up, are you really going to like that job anyway?

So, don’t be boring. Because, you’re not boring. You’re interesting. Just don’t forget to show it!

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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