Lessons for Job Search from the Tournament
Do your research. Everyone seems to have a story about someone who knows nothing about college basketball who wins his or her NCAA pool. No doubt, anyone can get lucky and succeed based on uneducated choices. While you may randomly win the jackpot in your basketball pool, don’t count on this approach to help you land a job. It’s important to research organizations where you want to work and identify the most applicable and appropriate positions at companies that are most likely to hire someone with your skills and expertise.
How can you find the best information? There are many online sources, but sometimes, your best bet is to actually speak to people who work where you want to land a job. Ask questions about the company’s biggest challenges, and about what skills and accomplishments the organization values.
Embrace the Cinderella story. Just as there always seems to be a story in these tournaments of a breakthrough team that outreaches expectations, it’s possible for you to succeed by applying to a job that seems beyond your reach.
Successful teams can outpace statistically better ones by staying on their games and playing well at the most important moments. Similarly, your best chance to land a job that is beyond your qualifications is to outperform in every respect of your application process.
Overcome a long drought. The University of Michigan Wolverines haven’t had a Final Four berth since 1993. Keep in mind, if you didn’t get the job yesterday or you lost out at an interview last week, it doesn’t mean you won’t succeed tomorrow or the next day.
Age doesn’t always matter. Michigan’s starters include many freshmen and sophomores. Many doubted their ability to make it as far as they have. If you’re worried that you’re too young or old to land the job you want, stop to take stock of what you have to offer and the best ways to demonstrate you’re a match to the hiring manager. If you give up and throw in the towel, you’ll never know what you could have accomplished.
Overcome adversity. Anyone who watched Louisville guard Kevin Ware break his leg on the court in the Duke match up was stunned. Ware, however, was yelling, “Win the game, win the game,” even as his bone was sticking out of his leg.
What are you doing to overcome the challenges you face as a job seeker?
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