Did you play with Lego blocks as a kid? (Or, maybe you still do? I have a friend whose brother – an adult – has a house full of Lego structures. He never outgrew his Lego obsession.)
Earlier this week, I shared thoughts about how to break down your job hunt, inspired by a Lego “big apple” I saw while visiting New York City in June. I took another photo during that visit that made me think. This big, faceless, naked Lego guy was in a window.
I couldn’t help but think that this figure represents a lot of job seekers; the ones who are not doing anything to make themselves stand out. The job seekers who believe applying online to hundreds of jobs is the same as a job search strategy. The employee who just does what it takes to get by and doesn’t think about his or her career plans or path.
Take a look at yourself; are you this Lego figure? Indistinguishable from your peers, with nothing significant to attract a hiring manager? If you are plain, it is going to be very difficult to land an opportunity.
Think about what you can do to distinguish yourself. Start here – put some SIZZLE in your job hunt – before summer is over!