Kevin Donlin (co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0.”)researched job search advice in a book published in 1938 to see what was being recommended back then. The book was written by two women and it was titled “We are Forty and We Did Get Jobs”. Donlin’s post summarizes three key rules from the 1938 book. To read his whole post, view this link.
1. Root out the defeatist attitude
A quote from the authors (C.B. Thompson and M.L. Wise) of the book states:
“we knew this much: Jobs and a sense of despair do not go together. The defeatist attitude is death to opportunity, and had to be gotten rid of at all costs.”
2. Plan and execute your job search starting with these questions
Q. Who wants you to work for them?
Q. Who wants more business or better service?
Q. If you could show that you can provide more business or better service, who will want you?
A. Almost everybody
These are the three Q&A’s presented by the authors! Timeless.
3. Keep Focused
The authors continued to ask themselves these two questions:
- What does he or she need (the company)?
- How can I supply that need?
They didn’t include in their search methods posting for jobs online, nor using FB, Twitter or Linkman. Would they, had these tools existed back then? I don’t think so.
What these women wrote about was a way a identifying the source of job opportunities. The very core or root of how hiring happens.
All the fancy gimmicks, slick resumes, and bling won’t work if it doesn’t touch the heart of the matter: Can you show that you can provide more business or better service!
Many thanks to Kevin for finding and posting this great information!
Kevin Donlin is contributing co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0.” Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people.