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Search Like You Don’t Need the Money


Robby

Spend any amount of time with jobseekers here in Indianapolis, and you’ll learn the scent of desperation. “I need a job,” some will say. “Any job at all.” But that kind of statement is exactly what employers want to avoid.

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Getting a job is kind of like getting a small business loan from a bank: if you frantically need it in order to pay your bills, it’s probably not going to happen. But if your affairs are in order and you give off a quiet confidence, you’re likely to get an offer.

That’s because employers want to hire people who they see as stable, long-term investments. They want to bring in candidates who plan for the future and who are going to want to be part of the business for years to come.

Compare that with someone who just needs a job because they are struggling to pay rent. That person is likely to bail as soon as a higher-paying gig comes along. If you have work to be done, it makes the most sense to find people to do the work who are in no rush.

So how do you act like you are not desperate (even if you really do need to make money ASAP)?

  • If you’re broke, use a different strategy for solving that immediate problem
  • Don’t call people incessantly. Don’t keep bugging them too often to try and get their attention.
  • Don’t mention your personal financial situation to employers
  • Talk about how you’re filling your time besides looking for work, such as volunteer efforts
  • Don’t over-thank people for their time or for an offer.

The way to get a job is to act like you don’t need the money. Although that might seem a little deceptive—since most of us need to generate income—it shouldn’t be your objective in finding work. Show that you have passion, expertise, and that you can provide value. That’s what matters to employers, and what will get you an offer instead of a rejection.

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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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