Well that was different too.
They were astonishingly successful. Over 70% of them got a job within their first two times approaching an employer directly using a combination of tools and techniques I first outlined.
This was shocking. Even for us recruiting veterans!
But it wasn’t magic. They simply knew how to leverage these modern job search strategies to effectively demonstrate what recruiters and hiring managers wanted. They landed in jobs they actually wanted to do and negotiated better compensation. They effectively managed their job search.
What can you learn from their success?
Career experts today often say success in the job market today depends…
On how and where you spend your time pursuing opportunities, not how much time you put in. But if you accept that job hunting is your new full-time job until you land, you’ll land fast. Very fast. More on “ The Math Behind” successful job hunting further down the page.
These career experts have discovered another key fact: it is not who you know that matters—it’s who knows you. We couldn’t agree more. And successful job hunters today are proving it.
To illustrate our point, imaging someone famous. Let’s use Tom Hanks for example. Somebody famous like Tom Hanks probably knows a lot of people. Maybe he knows 2,000 people by name and face. That’s a lot of people to truly know. But think of how many people know who Tom Hanks is across the world.
10 million? 100 million? Maybe more?
The “awareness quotient” is clearly in his favor. From a career perspective, you need to get people to know who you are, to build your own awareness quotient, in order to be successful in the job market today.
Now—and this is important—if you had the knowledge to quickly make a few minor career search adjustments, with things you are probably already are doing each day, that would get you exposed to the right people in the next 30 days, and you could get known by people that want your services, in your industry and pay a premium for your services, you could avoid doing what “everyone else” is doing in the job market and bypass your way to the top jobs and offers.
If you don’t have this knowledge…if you do not make these adjustments to your job search strategy, then you will remain in an extremely weak career position…you will continue applying for the same jobs on the same job boards with little to no success the same way most people do today. It’s as simple as that.
To use an analogy, you pay a mechanic—not for his work—but for his knowledge. If you had that knowledge yourself—then you would not have to pay him at all.