COLD-CALLING OR UNSOLICITED EMAILS – NO! Do not go Cold-Calling as there are too many people currently searching for jobs. And most of the receptionists, company secretaries & corporate professionals are fed-up and tired of being bombarded with Unsolicited visits. When you submit your Resume without a request or just drop in your resume without being asked – 100% of the time – the Resume is deleted or thrown in the dustbin. Don’t do that.
USE INFLUENCE Always go meet someone of someone through someone else. If you go through someone you know – they will at least entertain you. Now the question here is “But Loy, I do not know anyone.” The answer to this is in the next point.
USE “YOUR” INFLUENCE
When I was unemployed and penniless on the streets of Mumbai – there was no one ready to help me. And then when I landed in Dubai, UAE – I still didn’t know anyone. I had to start from zero. So one person at a time – I spoke to people, hustled my way to meet the decision maker and finally sold myself to them.
BE A HUSTLER
There is no other way to achieve success other than this one trait. If you can hustle your way to survive – you can get a job easily. For me – I didn’t even have a few coins in my pocket for a bottle of water. But I had the mind, the desire, the tongue and the drive to do whatever it took to get whatever it took to survive. And that is how I got things my way.
ENSURE YOU ARE RESUME READY Please NEVER EVER EVER EVER Meet someone without having your Resume created and crafted by a Professional. You will NEVER be given a second chance.
NEVER EVER DO THIS ON YOUR RESUME The biggest problem of creating and crafting any Resume is when you Over-sell yourself. And almost everyone wants to do this simply because they want the job. Now agreed – if you oversell yourself – you may get the job – but then the expectations are also incredibly high. What will you do when you cannot meet those expectations? Well, and then imagine – after getting the job and not being able to meet the targets – what do you when suddenly you are terminated?
SHARPEN YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS Please for the love of god do not assume you perfectly ready to face any interview. 99% of ALL the candidates who have told me they are absolutely ready for the interview – have failed. There is an art and science to mastering an Interview. And if you haven’t practiced and perfected it – you are not ready – I can assure you this.
POSITION YOURSELF UNIQUELY
Through words (both in your Resume & what you will use when you communicate) and through a well thought out strategy – you need to stand out from the rest of the crowd. When in doubt – remember this much – If everyone worse a black suit and you a grey suit who do you think would stand out? So focus standing out in every way possible.
TELLING THE TRUTH – DOESN’T WORK
I get criticized for this point but here’s the deal – do you think people tell the truth on their Resumes? Do you think a person who is lazy will admit during the interview – he is lazy or he got terminated by his previous employer because he failed to achieve his target? No. Every potential candidate positions himself as the dream candidate of the century. And almost all of them lie – either in a small or big manner. So you may have to skillfully have to use this grey area to your advantage.
YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE Ensure there is nothing controversial, provocative or in violation of a professional corporate image on your Social Media Presence. Because if there is – you can be absolutely rest assured – you will lose your job. Companies & HR professionals working in corporate companies – including your enemies are waiting for you to post something on your Social Media platform that can result in you losing your job.
THE 2ND MOST POWERFUL SKILL
The second most powerful skill for any candidate is learning how to Communicate – both verbally and written. If you do not know this skill – you cannot survive my dear.
THE MOST POWERFUL SKILL OF THEM ALL Without a fragment of a doubt – the biggest and most important skill would be to be likable. If you are not likable – no matter how amazing you are – you will forever be unemployed.
AS A BONUS.. I know I get criticized for this point simply because I am a Personal Branding Strategist but remember – if you want to succeed in life – you must have a Mentor or someone who is better than you. Having someone with better experience, expertise & leadership maturity – your chances of success are much better than most.