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This may come as a shock to some of you; to some it may be a re-affirmation of a cruel truth.  In either case,

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It may seem a tad harsh, but the simple truth of the matter is nobody cares about what you want.  They care about what they want.  They don’t care that you don’t have a job, can’t pay your bills; they don’t care that your car needs $1000.00 worth of work just to be able to get you to work (when you get a job).  None of that matters to anyone except you.  Everyone else has their own problems to solve, their own worries, dreams and fears.  They couldn’t care less about yours.  Get over it!

The whole point of that little rant was to point out the only way you’re going to change your situation — finding a job, getting a promotion, changing careers, whatever — is to show you are an asset worthy of hiring/retaining/consulting, etc.  As far as an employer is concerned, his/her needs trump your wants, hands down.  

The primary goal of any job search or career change (aside from landing a job) is to convince a prospective employer you are a valuable asset, one he/she would be remiss in overlooking.  You don’t do that by presenting him/her with a mediocre resumé and saying, “Here I am! What do you want me to do?”  Before your resumé goes in the mail (or you hit the “send” key to email it), you should already know what a prospective employer needs.  You’ve already formatted your resumé to highlight those skills that illustrate you can do what he/she needs done.  The cover letter that accompanies your resumé (and you damn well better have one) explains how you’ve helped other companies succeed and hint at how you’ll be able to help your prospective employer do the same.  Once you’ve managed to ignite the spark of interest in you as a solution, the forthcoming interview will give you the opportunity to give concrete examples of how you can help satisfy their needs. 

By shifting the focus of you job search from what you want to what the employer needs, you effectively resolve both your issues (hopefully) to the satisfaction of everyone involved.  Just remember: It’s not about you; it’s about them.

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Written by stevewthomas

June 3, 2011 at 12:37 am

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  1. Every single person who has a resume buried in the hiring manager’s pile of shit on their desk is looking for the same thing you are: a position in the company. I’m willing to venture a guess that they are all looking for a job for the same reason you are: they need one.

    The question becomes: Why should that job go to you and not Joe Schmo from Buffalo or Suzie Q from Kalamazoo?

    I love the JFK quote: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Instead, you’re inserting “company” and rocking your brand, your resume and your interview with the answer. (Hopefully).

    SC Thomas-Faler

    June 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    • You’re right, Sara, you send in a resume because you need a job. Unfortunately, the employer not only doesn’t care that you need a job, they don’t want to hear it. What they want to hear is what you can do for them (increase productivity, profits, cut costs, etc.) It is sad, but true, that companies can’t care about people. . .they’re too busy caring about themselves.

      stevewthomas

      June 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm


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