Let me be perfectly honest with you: Nobody owes you a job. And, to make it worse, most job seekers are faced with a perfect storm of barriers that never existed in the past. Those barriers include huge competition for a single position, social media, applicant tracking systems, and the complete elimination of entire job descriptions and industries (not to mention a totally overwhelmed HR and recruiting department). You have to be prepared to put your best foot forward. Your most prepared foot. The one that completely differentiates you from the flock. Consider this a wake-up call; consider it an opportunity. Because statistics show only a very small percentage of you will take any action. Interesting, that's about the same percentage of people in the world who are independently successful. It's your choice. It's a new world with new rules, so you have to be ready to do new things.
April 01, 2013