How To Get A Great Job In A Bad Economy

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An insider's view on how to get around the HR department and get the job you really want.

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How To Get A Great Job In A Bad Economy

  1. 1. How to get a good job in a bad economy Step One
  2. 2. First, learn how to answer typical HR questions For example
  3. 3. <ul><li>Q. What’s the worse mistake you ever made? </li></ul><ul><li>Staying too long in a job I’d outgrown. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. What’s the worst thing you would say about yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>I have little patience with people who don’t pull their weight. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. Have you ever told a lie? </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t tolerate lying. And if I have, it’s been to save someone’s feelings. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The trick is to answer the questions with a positive
  5. 5. Next, learn the difference between Problem-Solution and Issue-Expectation
  6. 6. Problem-Solution is the surface situation and its immediate resolution A pipe is leaking. We need to fix the pipe.
  7. 7. Issue-Expectation is the deeper problem and the long-term resolution The pipe is leaking because our infrastructure is old. We need to re-think our basics.
  8. 8. Next, learn how to “ go around” the piles of job applications and connect directly with the people you want to work with
  9. 9. <ul><li>How do I do that? </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the company’s web site </li></ul><ul><li>Find their press releases </li></ul><ul><li>Read them—going back a year or more </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>These press releases will give you three important pieces of information </li></ul><ul><li>The names of key company people and what they do </li></ul><ul><li>Important company projects </li></ul><ul><li>Information on mergers and acquisitions </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Use this treasure of information to: </li></ul><ul><li>Send an email to key company people </li></ul><ul><li>Explain how you can help the company </li></ul><ul><li>And finally, find an opening with a company recently purchased by the company you want to work for </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>If you do the homework, three things may happen: </li></ul><ul><li>Your emails will be ignored </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll refer you to the HR people </li></ul><ul><li>Or you will strike up a dialogue with a key player </li></ul><ul><li>And that’s good. Very good. </li></ul>
  13. 13. To learn more about how to land a great job in a bad economy…
  14. 14. Read Wiley India’s “Get Your Frog Out of the Well”
  15. 15. Easily available from… <ul><li>a1books.com </li></ul><ul><li>indiaplaza.com </li></ul><ul><li>infibeam.com </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping.indiatimes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Or your local book store </li></ul><ul><li>(coming soon to Amazon.com) </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Or contact me… </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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