Why does job hunting strike fear into the heart of even the bravest hunters?
For the past three years, I’ve made it my mission to learn everything there is to know about the job hunting process – particularly in the creative fields. Initially I researched the topic because I came up with the somewhat ridiculous idea of writing a book to help creative people find jobs. And since that book came out, I’ve spoken to what seems like tens of millions of people, (OK, it may not have been that many, but it has been quite a few), about the subject. And what’s struck me is, no matter who I speak to, where they live, and what specifically they do, the tips, tricks, and advice are all remarkably similar. Surprisingly, they’re also relatively simple as well.
So why exactly does job hunting strike fear into the heart of even the bravest hunters out there?
Well, to start with, because there’s a mistaken belief that the process is complicated. And it’s not. No, really, it’s not. Yes, it can be frustrating, time consuming, and at times even a little bit soul destroying, but it’s actually not all that complicated. Which happens to be a very different thing to ‘difficult’. Defusing a nuclear weapon? I’m guessing that’s complicated. Brain surgery? Sounds pretty complicated to me also. But as I’ve been heard to repeat many a time, job hunting is nothing more than asking as many people as you can, as often as you can, in as interesting a way as possible, until someone says ‘yes’. Consider it the job hunter’s mantra in fact.
If you do that, I absolutely, positively guarantee you’ll get a job. OK, sure, that’s mostly because the “until someone says ‘yes’” bit means you will have gotten a job. But then, that’s the whole point. You keep going until you get one. You don’t consider a ‘no’ some sort of massive insult or setback. It’s a part of the process for crying out loud! Almost no-one gets a ‘yes’ the very first time they ask. Which means everyone gets at least one ‘no’. Usually, you get a whole damn collection of the bloody things before you get an elusive ‘yes’. Don’t be put off by it. Don’t be sad or surprised. Don’t feel let down or disappointed. Be happy and confident that it means you’re on the path to getting your ‘yes’.
Even talentless hacks will get a job eventually if they ask enough people. Seriously! It’s the law of averages at its finest. Someone has to say ‘yes’ eventually. And every ‘no’ is one step close to that ‘yes’. For some of you, regardless of how insanely talented you are, you’ll still accumulate a few knock-backs on your road to glory. (My personal belief is the average amount of no’s you’ll wrack up on the way to a yes is around 30, by the way.)
And assuming you do get a job relatively easily, it’s no guarantee you’ll keep it forever. Actually, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t keep it forever. Hell, I’ve been laid off, retrenched, sacked, fired, and let go more times than I care to remember. So don’t be tempted to think of your job hunt as a one off thing either, because most likely it won’t be. Get used to it. And get better at it.
Whether it’s your first time or your one hundred and first (like me!), just remember, it may be a bit difficult, but it’s not complicated. Just ask as many people as you can, as often as you can, in as interesting a way as possible, until someone says ‘yes’. Happy hunting.
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