There is one thing you can do starting today that will almost guarantee your future success. Want to try and guess what that is? And if you think you know the answer, well, maybe you don’t.
Have you heard any of these before?
“You don’t know what you don’t know”
“If I knew then what I know now…”
At this point in time, you only know about the things you’ve taken time to learn or what you’ve been exposed to through your life experiences.
Think about this for a second or two.
Enter the four stages of competence. *credit Wikipedia
- Unconscious incompetence
- The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage.
- Conscious incompetence
- Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, they recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. (The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage.)
- Conscious competence
- The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.
- Unconscious competence
- The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending on how and when it was learned.
Test Your Job Search Knowledge
If you haven’t had to look for a job within the last year, then do you really know how to look for a job? Let me ask you this.
Do you know how companies fill jobs?
Pay attention to the green bars! Those represent the percent of hires. The blue bars are interviews.
30ish% came from REFERRALS
Less than 30% came from INDEED.com
Or look at this data
41% of the highest quality new hires come from EMPLOYEE REFERRALS
What this means is that you’re more likely to secure a new job if you are referred. And the only way to get referred is to know people. Your current network probably isn’t large enough to net you job opportunities, so this means you’ll need to grow the number of people you know.
What is the best way to grow your network?
Develop a list of companies you would like to work with and target them.
Your goal is to meet people who work inside the company so you can potentially get referred when there is an opening.
Applying blindly to online job postings is futile. Your odds of getting hired are slim. Invest time doing the work and developing relationships! That will be a life-long payoff.
How do companies select candidates to interview?
They use ATS (applicant tracking systems) and search the pool of applications by keywords to select only a small percentage of applicants. Some research says that out of 250 resumes, 4-6 are interviewed and only one is hired.
Life Long Learning
That’s the secret that will not only help your job search but will also help you in your career.
Become more inquisitive. Just this one simple change in your daily outlook will help you learn and open your mind.
Adopting the notion of being a life-long-learning can help you pivot into new directions, adapt to the rapid changes of corporate life, and even to live longer.