Joel’s newsletter on Creativity and Job Seeking In This Economy, January 13, 2010
An ezine about Creative thinking, Coaching, and Making a difference
We're well into 2010 now, and the economy continues to be in a slump, although there are a few hopeful signs. But unemployment in the USA is still around 10%. In this newsletter I try to maintain a positive outlook, regardless of what's going on out there. This week I'd like to apply creative thinking to an economic concern that affects many people - job seeking.
Since unemployment is high, more people are looking for jobs than there are jobs available. There are people getting hired, but it's more difficult than in the good old days. Who do you think gets the jobs? Those who are best qualified? That's partly true. But I believe that those who use creative thinking have an advantage.
Here are some creative thinking principles and how they could apply to job seeking.
Try a new perspective
A useful approach in creative thinking is to consider new perspectives. Look at the problem from another angle. How would someone else see the situation? What would they do? What is important to them? What could you learn from this different perspective?
Application to job seeking:
Most job seekers see just their side of the equation. Let's consider the employer's point of view. They have a position to be filled. They have certain specific criteria that they're looking for. Since there are so many people looking for jobs, they probably get a large number of resumes. They don't have time to read and interpret them all. Only a few resumes pass the initial sorting. Which ones? Those that most closely match their criteria. So what can we learn from this? Make your resume match the employer's needs. Make the relevant keywords stand out, even if it means customizing the resume to fit the job posting. Show how your skills and experience are exactly what they're looking for. Yes, it will take more work, but it could be well worth it.
Another creative thinking technique is to reverse a concept and see where it leads. This method often generates new ideas which might eventually yield a novel and useful concept.
Application to job seeking:
You're out there scanning the listings, asking "how can I find an employer who's hiring?" What if you reversed that and asked, "how can an employer who's hiring find me?" What if the prospective employer were also scanning lists, looking for a good candidate? In fact many companies do their own search for potential new employees, using Google, social networking sites, and recruiters. So the question becomes, "how can I make myself visible to them?" How can I become more prominent on Google? What makes certain individuals stand out? Answers to this question might include getting involved with LinkedIn, Twitter, etc., writing blog posts (using relevant keywords), starting your own blog or newsletter, publishing articles, and so on.
Look for more than one way
A basic principle of creative thinking is to look for multiple solutions. Don't stop at the first answer. The more choices you have, the more likely that you'll hit upon a real winner, and possibly multiple winners.
Application to job seeking:
How do you find information about a company that you're interested in working for? An obvious way is to check out their website. But as a creative thinker, you wouldn't stop there. What are some other ways? Do a Google search. Find other employees of that company and ask them questions. Talk to persons who know the hiring manager. Read publications and news articles about the company. With all this information you'll be much better armed to present yourself favorably and also to decide if this is the company you really want to work for in the first place.
If you're a job seeker, you might explore these principles further and find other ways to apply them to your search. Or if you really want to get creative, you can try the following additional creative thinking methods:
Visualizing the ideal situation
Combining unrelated concepts
If you'd like help with any these, feel free to contact me.
By the way if you want more practical, creative advice, I recommend David Perry's book, Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0. I found some of the ideas mentioned above from this resource.
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Quote of the week
"The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning you're on the job." - Slappy (Melvin) White
I find this humorous quote to have some truth to it. When you have a structured job you know when you're working and when you're not. In an unstructured situation or when you're unemployed, there are no clear boundaries. So you always feel the pressure of the "work" of looking for a job. Maybe it would be better to allocate specific hours to the search and really focus during that time. Then you can relax more during the off hours.
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