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Job seekers: You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to get a job

Job seekers: You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get a job

Some people think you need to reinvent the wheel to prove yourself and land a job. To do something so startlingly original and mind blowing that people will be falling over themselves to hire you. Not so. The good news is, someone else already invented the wheel and it works just fine. And plenty of companies are happy with their ‘wheels’ just the way they are.

Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a superstar and can do stuff no-one else can do, (or know how to reinvent a wheel), then good for you. You’re likely to have more than your fair share of opportunities come your way.

You don’t have to be original. You do have to be awesome.

For the rest of us mere mortals, you can take some comfort from the fact you don’t have to be original, you just have to be awesome. And you can be awesome at all kinds of things. Even basic things.

You know how many people have the job of reinventing the wheel? No, me neither. What I do know, is there are way more people who have jobs inflating wheels, balancing them, changing them over… that sort of thing. Everyday things.

But if you can do those everyday things with a fair degree of awesome, you’ll stand out from the crowd. Even the most basic jobs can be done in any number of ways. You don’t have to reinvent the job. You just have to be awesome at it. Sometimes, it’s better to be awesome at a simpler job and get your foot in the door that way, than to be just OK at a sexier job.

No one likes average.

The reality is, no one likes average. Everyone likes awesome. When I look at designers, I don’t need them to be able to design their own fonts, I’m happy for them to know which existing fonts to use. I don’t need them to revolutionise an ad layout. More often than not, I’m ecstatic if they can simply do an awesome reproduction of an existing style. You might call that ‘copying’ and consider it unoriginal. For me, it’s just smart.

‘Copying’ is not a dirty word. Especially if you do it really, really well.

Learning how to copy stuff that already exists may not sound sexy, but if you get awesome at it, it can be super effective. Because at the end of the day companies need awesome people they can rely on more than they need people who are 100% original.

More reading:

Social media research for job seekers: 5 tips to help you land your perfect job
Job seekers: How do you stand out from the crowd?
Why does job hunting strike fear into the heart of even the bravest hunters

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