My last post was my 10 commandments for LinkedIn, today’s post is focusing on Job Magnets.
What are Job Magnets?
Job magnets are those people who seem to attract jobs to them. You may well be a job magnet yourself or know someone who never has a problem getting a job. I used to be a job magnet. I had recruiters ringing me up to see if I was available for work. I once applied for a job, didn’t get it, but the organisation created a whole new job, just for me. It’s an amazing feeling being wanted, but it takes time to get there.
If you’d like to become a job magnet in the future, then these are my 10 commandments:
1. Thou shalt recognise that thou ist unique, with thine own values, skills and experiences, for thy hast travelled thine own journey.
There is only one you, so best the very best version of you that you can be. Don’t compare yourself to others. They are on their own journey and may have advantages or disadvantages that you’re not aware of.
You have a unique set of gifts, value them. If you don’t who will? If you don’t know what they are, then take some time to find out. Try one of the career assessment tools and the VIA strengths assessment tool.
2. Thou ist responsible for thine own employability, for it is by taking responsibility that thy takes control.
You and you alone are responsible for your career, and for getting you a job. Learn to look at the recruitment process from the employers point of view, looking at what problems they have, so that you can demonstrate to them that you are the solution. Learn to build tailor-made resumes that get you interviews for the jobs that you want, and learn how to ace job interviews. You need to master these basic job hunting skills to be able to get to that point in your career where people seek you out for a job that they have in mind for you.
3. Thou shalt set career goals for thyself, for it is by meeting these goals that thy career willst develop
When you set out on any journey, you usually have a destination in mind. For a long journey, you’ll map out the different stages of the journey, stop off point refueling etc. You’ll also think about how you’re going to get there. The same applies to your career. Take to time to think about where you would like to be in 5 years time, and 10 years time. And then think about how you are going to get there. What actions will you need to take to get there for example does the job you want have a basic requirement for an MBA? In which case, what do you need to get on the course? What is the cost, the pre-requisites in terms of experience and qualifications?
4. Thou shalt work smart, as well as hard, for no-one’s headstone mentions thy job.
Hard work never killed anyone, but it will leave you burnt out if you’re not careful. Learn how to manage your time and prioritise your tasks, so that you’re effective at work. Make sure that you take time for yourself and your family.
5. Thou shalt recognise the importance of continuous professional development, for in this way thy shalt develop the knowledge and skills to become an expert in thy field.
As part of my nursing registration I was required to complete 5 days professional development every 3 years, and to maintain a professional portfolio that could be requested by the Nursing and Midwifery Council at any time. However, I soon learnt that I needed to take responsibility for my own professional development. When needed, I paid to attend the courses that would help my career, taking annual leave where needed. In many cases this was the only way that I could develop the skills to take my career to the next level.
6. Thou shalt build thine own personal brand, for thou dost recognise that thy reputation goes before thee.
Personal branding is just a fancy way of saying your reputation, but it goes further than that, because it encompasses your online and offline, personal and business personas. Decide what you want to be known for, and then build your personal brand from the bottom up, creating your own toolkit as you go.
It’s important not just to build your reputation, but also to manage it. Look at where you are visible and identify ways of increasing your visibility across the 3 areas of people, places and events. Check out this post to access the free download.
7. Thou shalt develop thy own personal code, for it is through integrity that we learn to trust and respect you.
My overriding code is to treat others as you would like to be treated. Whether it is the CEO or the janitor of the office building, treat all people with kindness and respect. Develop your own personal code, so that, like Gibbs in NCIS, people come to know, trust and respect you, because they understand the moral code and framework that you live by.
8. Thou shalt work at building thy network, for it is in thine network that thine next job will be found.
You have different circles of friends and colleagues, and these may be online and off. To widen your network, you’ll need to go to places where you’ll meet new people
Access the hidden job market by building your reputation and your network, so that if a job becomes available, the key staff (managers and HR staff) will think of you as the perfect candidate.
9. Thou shalt only make promises that thy can keep, for it is through credibility that we build influence.
At an influencing skills course that I attended many moons ago, the trainer said that she would give £1 to the first person to stand up. After a few minutes of everyone looking at each other, one person stood up, and was promptly given £1. The trainer then said again that she would give £1 to the first person to stand up. As a group we all stood up. The trainer had kept her promise and everyone recognised that. She had built her credibility.
Credibility is the foundation of building influence, and keeping your promises helps build your credibility. People will come to you because if you say you’ll do something, you’ll stick with it until it’s completed.
10. Thou shalt try and engage thy brain before thy mouth, for what thou sayest may come back to haunt thee.
I live in Ireland, where there isn’t 6 degrees of separation, more like 2 1/2! Everyone knows everyone else, and when you meet someone new, the conversation starts with where you’re from so that they can find shared connections. So if you make a derogatory comment about someone, it will get back to them. Guaranteed.
The workplace is similar. Even within some industries it seems like everyone knows someone who knows someone. So before you say something negative about someone, ask yourself: would you say it to their face, could you back it up and how would they feel if you did? If you wouldn’t say it to the person’s face, then don’t say it behind their back.
So that’s my 10 commandments for job magnets. Would you have included something different? What would that be?
These 10 commandment can be downloaded as a pdf