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He Did “WHAT” to Get Hired as an Intern on Jimmy Fallon?

If you’re a Harry Potter fan at all, then you must love Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the young wizard. But who knew he was a fan of rap and has developed this skill. A must watch video on YouTube is of Daniel rapping on the Jimmy Fallon show; if you haven’t seen it, here is the link:

Last night on the Jimmy Fallon Show, a young man, named Jake, sent in a video of him rapping to a pitch he created, in the rap style, to become an intern on Jimmy’s show; he imposed himself in the video with Jimmy. At the end of the clip, he asked Jimmy Fallon to consider hiring him as an intern for him, to which Jimmy said “YES!”

It shows how creative and bold some people can be to get their dream job; I think of this young man’s idea, and technical skills, to create the video; then I think that his desire was greater than any worry of rejection he might receive. When it’s that big, what have you got to lose?

If you’re looking to land your dream job, what risks will you take to land it? What barriers will you push through to make it happen? Often, it just takes making a decision and determination to do so. It also takes having the belief in yourself and what you are bringing to that job/organization; without it, your toast. The old ‘fake it till you make it’ won’t apply. I’m sure Jake is a sponge and will thrive, since he’s been given the chance. If you’re a job seeker, be like Jake and go for it. If you’re a hiring manager, take the chance and nurture. This would go a long way to having high performers doing work your way, while enhancing the culture of the organization.

Bottom line – be like Jake!


When Is It You and When Is It Chance?

I get really irked when I hear someone diminish themselves, attributing something great they’ve done to chance, someone else, a higher power, etc. They seriously are not aware that they are the reasons for their success. For example, let’s say a client named Jane comes in with good news that she got a new position with her company; Jane had been working this for a while but now, while grateful, states what a ‘stroke of luck’ she had to get this promotion.

What Jane doesn’t realize is that her good fortune was because of her – actions she took and willingness to step up and put her name in the hat for consideration. Jane needs to remember how she took the time to review her skills and recent experiences so they matched with the job; or the time she networked with her new boss at an office function, by taking a risk and introducing herself; or the kudos she got for completing a big project. I think it’s easy to attribute our success to an exterior source.

Perhaps this is due to a humble mindset or low self-esteem; but the fact remains that the way to get past those and really succeed is to embrace that, while others may have had a part, we really are the drivers in the process. It is we who takes the risks, who acquire the knowledge and skills, who finish the project, who leads. By owning our skills and abilities, and the like, we then become more of who we are; we work more authentically and confidently:

  • Daily, write down at least 3 ‘win’s for the day, no matter how big or small
  • review your work outcome and your part so you can ‘see’ the exact mindset and actions you took to get them completed, i.e. problem-solving, analysis, organization, etc.

So, no more brushing off what you do and attributing them to an external factor; time to start recognizing and giving kudos to yourself. Own your success to soar!

How Much Thought Do You Put Into Your Job Search?

I was listening the radio this morning and a caller was complaining that she was having difficulty finding a job; when the morning DJ asked what she’s been doing to find one she replied that she is ‘having no luck’ finding any job leads on Craigslist! I almost spilled my drink hearing that.

While I’m not dismissing that one can’t find job leads or employment on Craigslist, it uncovered a deeper issue that it seems a good majority of job seekers have, and that is not putting much thought into how they will search for their next job. This is a critical step in the process – you can’t go in a good direction if you really don’t know plan. Just as you won’t take a trip without planning the same principle applies when job hunting.

One of the first steps is to take some time to really think and explore exactly what type of job you want: what are the job tasks and responsibilities would you like to do on a daily basis, what skills and talents will you use, will this job meet my needs – remember, you will be spending the majority of your time in this position so wouldn’t you want to take time and be sure it where you want to spend that time.

Other areas to think about include: when do I want to secure a position (reasonable amount of time), what type of company do I want to work for and who hires for my desired position, what salary do I want and what is the average salary paid, do I know my value and worth, is my resume updated, how will I plan my day while searching for a job and what actions will I take. One other important question to reflect on “What am I willing to do?”

Putting more thought into your job search will arm you with the information and resources you need that will lead to your next position. If not, you could wind up in a j-o-b that might bring you frustration and unhappiness. So take charge of your career, take time to reflect on what you and want so you can begin to develop your job search plan.

Sobering Facts for Job Seekers

If you’re looking to find a job this year, the good news is that 87% of hiring managers believe that the job market will improve this year; this is according to the findings from the Job Preparedness Indicator. While this is good news, it also sheds light on some realities as to why today’s hiring processes are much slower; it also sheds light for you to be aware of in planning and preparing your job search.

Only 15% of hiring managers feel that job seekers have the skills and traits they are looking for, which is a 2% decrease from last year

  • two out of three hiring managers won’t settle for a candidate who does not have the ‘perfect’ job qualifications
  • three out of four hiring managers believe job seekers should have either a career coach or a mentor but only 40% of job seekers have done so
  • storytelling is key today in almost every profession – this equates to how you have used your skills and experiences to their fullest which are part of your brand
  • 56% of job seekers use keywords from a job description but hiring managers are focused more on a candidates skills and experiences
  • almost two-thirds of hiring managers believe it is a job seekers responsibility for gaining needed skills and traits for them to be successful in a job; one can do this by networking, going to training or workshop opportunities, reading, getting on-the-job experience (volunteering is acceptable), or getting a professional certification.
  • 93% of hiring managers feel job seekers need to show flexibility and adaptability to a changing workplace; show how you have dealt with a situation that was not working well or how you were able to handle an unexpected issue ala storytelling

One interesting fact that stood out is that even though there is a pervasive negative feeling overall of the current job market, the study found that 56% of job seekers are confident in knowing what hiring mangers are looking for while 72% of job seekers are confident that they can interview well.  These two statistics may be more telling than they seem – perhaps job seekers are overly confident or unrealistic in their outlook which is why they haven’t yet found a job. I’m not diminishing that it could be due to unclear or poor practices by hiring organizations but it may fall back on one looking for a job through unrealistic expectations or lack of preparation in tailoring their presentation/brand.  The good news?  It is so possible – in fact, essential – to review the study results and redesign your job search strategy that is geared for what employers want.

If You Didn’t Get the Job, It’s Not Always You

I’m noticing a trend that is occuring more frequently and it has to do with getting hired.  I hear more and more from frustrated job seekers that they have gotten interviews but are not getting hired.  Upon further investigation, it seems that their ‘rejection’ had nothing to do with their skills or value to the company – it’s just that they are on the outside and wanting to come in.  More companies today are preferring to promote internally as opposed to hiring externally.

What is the reason?  I would venture to say that there are a couple of reasons for this trend:

  • Employers don’t want on-boarding costs
  • They can pay a current employee the going rate or a slight increase as opposed to an outsider’s salary
  • A current employee already knows the processes and the culture so they can be trained for the new position easily
  • Current employees already have a work history as opposed to a new hire who only comes with what is on their resume

I know it must suck to find a company or position you really want, and are a great fit for, and not get it while being  told with a standard letter or what the law allows to be said.  Of course, it could be that your skills, experiences, education, etc. were not what the company is looking for, but most times it is for one of the reasons above.

This, then, makes the case for why the best job search strategy is to get in with a company and let them get to know you and all that you bring.  You then can take on more challenging work and let those skills shine; when the position you want becomes available, you can now have a higher chance of being considered and getting it.  Once in, you can then begin internally networking which increases your chances of being in the forefront of a hiring manager’s mind.  So my message is to take heart and take your rejection less personally; if you didn’t get the job it is not always about you but about the  needs of the business.

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Job Boards You May Not Aware Of

In addition to some of the big names job boards, like Indeed or Monster, here are 3 newer ones that have emerged  and are giving more options for job seekers.  Hope they help!

  • – no only are you able to search for and apply for job openings, you can track your application status, keep all of your applications in one area, get updates on those applications, make networking connections, and receive job opening notifications.  It’s free to join.
  • – this site allows you to build a resume and a cover letter, get feedback on how the resume looks, and then sends it out; there is a phone app available, as well as your email,  for you to track the resume status and get notice when it is reviewed; it will tell if you resume is not reviewed and the possible reasons.  It’s free to join.
  • – this site allows you to search jobs that it says are current, taken from company websites for the ‘hidden’ or unannounced positions, and claims that there are no duplicate jobs or work-at-home scams.  It’s free to participate
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