Want to know my biggest problem when I started working?
I was too loyal.
I put up with too many things that no employee should have to put up with…
And as a result, I wound up disengaged, unhappy, and resentful.
Now, those feelings were completely justified, yet the simple truth is that living like that is NOT a fun (or constructive) place to be.
Feeling sorry for myself didn’t make me feel better. It didn’t help my work situation. And it certainly didn’t improve my career and help me grow.
Yet, as a result of some early experiences, I’ve since figured out (and now show others) how to find and get a meaningful job you LOVE with an inspiring company that appreciates you.
See, the key to opening unlimited opportunities for yourself and escaping your crappy job is this simple truth:
You’ve got to position yourself as both rare and in demand. Think about the commonalities between professional athletes, celebrities, and movie stars.
They’re all rare – there’s only one of each of them. And they’re all in demand – they provide a unique skill set that no one else can.
You can position yourself this way too so that you have your pick of amazing job opportunities. Here’s how:
3 Unusually Effective Ways To Find And Get A Job You Love
Tip #1: Seek Out Companies That Inspire You
Naturally, if you’re going to get a job that you love, a great place to start is to find an organization that inspires you.
So, it’s time to put on your research hat and have some fun… starting with your values.
Think about what you value most in life. Do you want to have freedom and flexibility in your work… so much so that you can work from a beach on flexi-hours?
Or maybe you want to be able to walk to your office and spend time with quality people you cherish?
Perhaps there’s a certain problem in the world that’s always bugged you, and a couple of companies are doing an excellent job of solving that problem.
Whatever it is that’s most important to YOU, find a company whose values match your own, and then find a way to get their attention and get the job (which I’ll show you how to do in a second).
To start with, you can check out this resource guide with 14 top-of-the-line websites containing thousands of exciting opportunities with inspiring, “For-Benefit” companies (which means they focus on making a profit AND a difference in the world.)
Tip #2: Create An “Ultimate Resume”
Here’s the thing: Only 1% of traditional resumes actually lead to a job offer.
And if you’re applying for one of the “For-Benefit” companies listed in the resource guide above, it’ll likely be even lower.
See, just like you want to find a company that fits your lifestyle…
The best companies to work for want to hire people who fit their values, believe in their mission, and WANT to work with them.
The good news?
It’s actually quite easy to get their attention and get the job… if you know what to do.
That’s why I put together a brief resource guide sharing 7 Online Tools That Trump Your Traditional Resume.
It’ll help you use easy, cheap, and reliable tools to position yourself as rare and in demand so you can get the job you WANT.
Tip #3: Use Modern Job Seeking Strategies
The world is changing, and standing out from the ever-increasing competition is a challenge (if you don’t know what to do).
Because the truth is, people are bored of the same old job seeking approaches. They want fresh, real, and authentic job applications from people who genuinely care about what they’re doing.
So rather than submit 100 copies of the same resume to 100 companies you don’t care about…
Find the two or three that you would do ANYTHING to work for. And then go above and beyond to get their attention – while focusing on showcasing what makes you valuable to them.
I’ve seen people put together amazing YouTube cover letters, send amazing packages – Fedexed to the HR manager, and even heard of someone sending a hot air balloon to Richard Branson with a proposal inside.
By using some courage, creativity, and passion, you’re positioning yourself as both rare and in demand (because you can bet that no one else will think to do this!)
About the author
Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.
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