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To Find a Job, Think Like An Employer


Robby

If you’re looking for work in Indianapolis, one of the first steps is to pretend that you are an employer here in Indianapolis. A little role play will go a long way in helping you find work.

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No, you don’t have jobs to offer.

This is the first mistake that people make when they try to do this exercise. “If I’m a business that’s hiring, I must have jobs to offer.”

Nope. Don’t think that way. Instead, consider this:

I’m a manager and I have too much work to do to help our customers. I’m out of ideas so I’m willing to consider bringing someone else on.

No, you don’t have an accurate, up-to-date job description.

Remember that the manager has “too much work to do?” Stopping to write an accurate job description is probably the last thing on their minds. They are going to dust off whatever they have, maybe add in a few skills, and throw it online.

No, you’re not going to objectively evaluate all possible candidates

Again, the manager is busy. But more importantly they are human. Applications that come across their desk are going to carry more weight if they are recommended by a current employee, or if it’s a person they already know.

What you’re looking for is “easy.”

If you’re a manager who is overworked and can’t help customers fast enough, what you want is an easy solution. That means as a job candidate, you need to be a solution, not just another name in the pile. You can do this by:

  • Figuring out what work looks like and doing some in advance
  • Finding out what software they use and learning about it
  • Studying their website so you know their public persona
  • Interview other employees to learn about culture and procedures

These aren’t thing candidates normally do. So if you do them, you’re setting yourself apart.

Think like a manager: who is too busy for you to be “just” an applicant!

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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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