Recently I was introduced to a concept called “Inbox Zero” which was developed by productivity expert Merlin Mann. I must be a bit slow to the party because Merlin has been talking about this stuff for at least 8 years… but I’ve finally given it a try and it’s been a revelation so I thought I’d be worth sharing.
Even if you’re happily employed it’s kinda nice to get that tap on the shoulder from time to time. It’s nice to know you’re in demand and understand what’s happening outside of your day to day. And of course if you’re looking for a job, getting approached about a job is nirvana. So, how do you increase your chances of get headhunted?
I get asked for advice all the time on how to get a job and one of the first things I tell people is to understand and play the numbers game. The fact is, if the only thing you’re doing is applying to job ads, then you’re not playing the odds well. I thought it’d be worth exploring how those numbers actually stack up and give some tips on how to make them work for you.
Recently I was eating at a restaurant and was getting terrible service. But when the waiter asked how everything was my instant response was, “everything was great!”. As soon as he left I turned to my wife and had a few unflattering words to say about him, to which she responded, “you’re being passive aggressive.” She was right, and it got me thinking. Maybe it’s ok in a restaurant to not want to cause a scene or to create a small amount of awkwardness, but would it be so harmless if that’s how I consistently acted at work?
I’ve been giving some advice to a mate recently about getting a job. He had some good referrals into senior people at a business he’d love to work, so he was after some pointers on how to make the first approach. After I told him what to say word for word (in fact I even wrote it for him), he kept coming back to me with stalling questions like, "what if he doesn’t get back to me? Should I change my LinkedIn profile? Should I change my email signature?"
Do you hate setting goals? Does the thought of past goals unachieved make you feel like a failure? You’re not alone, in every team I’ve ever managed I’ve been big on goal setting and have had push back time after time from people who hate goals. In fact, up until just recently I’ve been pushing the JobAdvisor team to be good goal setters. Then I had a conversation that shifted my perspective.
Here I am, in a blink of an eye my first month at JobAdvisor is almost done. And so what better time to reflect on a very important topic: How to approach your first few weeks and months in a new company! Luckily, after some wisdom imparted from a former colleague, I had stopped to give it a bit of thought before I started. (Rather than taking my usual approach of diving in head-first). Nonetheless, I thought I better look at what the experts had to say.
Recently I wrote about how to Make Sure Your Meetings Don't Suck and as one reader rightly pointed out, one of the most important things to do is make sure people show up to your meetings on time. We all hate people showing up late for our meetings. It drags the meeting out for everyone else, the interruption makes you lose your flow, you need to re-explain everything all over again, and probably what’s most infuriating is the arrogance of the latecomer thinking it’s completely acceptable making other busy people wait on them. But how do you actually get people to show up on time?
I've been lucky enough to work in a few companies in my career; both big and small, locally and overseas. Each of those companies has had their own pros and cons, each its own set of challenges and opportunities, and they’ve taught me a fair bit about what type of company I really enjoy being a part of. I started out small, then went big, and am now back small again.
After running an employer review website for a number of years, and having launched an internal employee feedback mobile app, one of the key things that comes up time and time again with the companies and employees we speak with is how much people hate meetings. Well, at least they hate meetings that are a waste of time. We’ve all had them, in fact I’ll be honest and say I’ve run a few of them! Those meetings where half the people have no idea why they’re there and the other half have their noses in their phones and laptops because, well… they’re too busy to listen to your drivel.