I love this business of career management, and I especially love it when I hear of client’s success in landing the job of their dreams. Take, for instance, the phone call I received last evening from my client who had just signed the offer of acceptance for her new job! “Happiness is” concluded my tweet!
How did this one unemployed Baby Boomer snag the job? Five simple things that start with “P” – that’s how she outdid, outperformed and outshined 500 other candidates for that job of her dreams.
Preparation – I would estimate that she spent close to 80 hours preparing for this one single job opportunity. That number may be on the low side as the homework and research she did on her own time became very apparent in our coaching sessions together.
Practice – We practiced talking about her product and its value – incessantly and relentlessly.
Perseverance – Our sessions have spanned the course of several months. She invested in her brand – time, money, and an unwavering commitment to her product’s launch and success!
PowerPoint Presentation – Hours were spent crafting, tweaking and perfecting a PowerPoint presentation. The prospective employer did not ask for a PowerPoint, though I encouraged my client to prepare one. The value of so doing is that she became extraordinarily familiar with her brand prior to “going to market.” She did not waste the employer’s time trying to conjure up answers – she knew with confidence what she wanted to say.
Passion – My client is built of passion and love for her profession. You can hear it, see it and feel it in her every action and word.
The Hiring Manager agreed.
My client’s preparation, practice, perseverance, PowerPoint and passion paid off.