Career Strategies: What You Don’t Know Could Doom You

Is there anyone out there who can’t identify at least one Fatal Flaw which he or she possesses and which keeps the victim from self actualizing?  I’m heard them all, age, height, weight, the past, lack of education, too much education, illness, disabilities, etc.  The list is endless.  Now, listen up job hunters.  Flaws are always situational.  Surely, right now, being a high school drop out is fatal — unless you work for another who’s been highly successful.  Are you tired of being discriminated against because you’re old?  Work for someone who’s older.   Turn your liabilities into assets by pre-screening potential organizations and bosses.

When we analyze someone’s handicaps, we always see the same pattern.  A handicap is in the eye of the beholder.  The trick in job hunting is to match your flaws with someone who’s overcome them or who sees them as manageable, or even assets.  That means much more research into people rather than just organizations.  It means tracking down former employees who can give you insight into a boss’s prejudices, weaknesses, and challenges.  How many people do this?  Only the most desperate and only after many, many rejections.  Doesn’t it make sense to match your profile to a boss’s?  Here’s how.

You know the name of the boss you’d like to work for.  Did you Google him or her?  Did you look at the website of the organization to get a feel for who they’ve hired and promoted in the past?  Is this too elementary?  Then when asked where a prospective boss went to school, why could only one in 100 applicants answer?  Could there be a more basic, or easily attainable piece of information?  You might know alumni willing to make  introductions — people you already know, a.k.a. networking.

If you had a complete biography of the prospective boss before the interview you could tailor your summary of your  qualifications to complement his or hers.  Is there anyone who wouldn’t like to hire someone with complimentary values?  A few folks consider this chicanery because you’re matching instead of exposing the “real” you — whoever that might be.   Remember, you are not selling you, but a set of skills and experience.  Wouldn’t it be lovely not to have to trek through why what you’ve always done isn’t what you want to do next because the person across the desk does what you want to do now?  That meeting would be the product of research, not dumb luck.

Nothing pays you back as much as research on a prospective boss before an interview.  It can even keep you from going to the interview at all — because you realize that the prospect is unlikely to value what you do well.  Here’s the formula:  at least one to two hours researching anyone before an interview — including telephone interviews!  It’s all about better targeting and better presentation of what you’re selling.

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