Get Hired For Any Job – Part 1, Mindset

People Get Hired.  No Zombies Need ApplyGet hired for any job.  This is the first part of a 4-Part (5-Part, 6-Part… we’ll see) series that shows you how to get hired for ANY JOB. Everyone gets this wrong. I mean they get it ALL wrong.

The type of job to look for: almost everyone under reaches. Resumes: everyone’s stinks (this is not even hyperbole – chances are that you have NEVER seen a good resume). How to use a resume in the interview: this is the key to take control of the interview. They miss easy opportunities to establish trust, don’t know how to handle the post-interview, and I could go on but you get the point. No worries; we are going to show you step-by-step how to nail the job search, the resume, the interview and the offer.

Part 1 – Mindset

Let’s start with a few points about the right mindset.

  • At we say we preach: “Get any job. Start any business. No College. No Debt”. So maybe starting out you can’t really get any job. However, chances are you are telling yourself “no” without even consulting the market. You do not need college nor do you care if the job posting says otherwise. I do not have a degree and yet every job I ever got said that it was necessary.
  • Let’s start with the assumption that you can get hired anywhere. Maybe not at the top but you have to believe that you would be a valuable asset within any organization.
  • References – more than degrees (or nearly anything else) someone that will rave about you over the phone is the most powerful job magnet. Later in the series we will explain how to get the most out of these wonderful people.

Get Hired For Any JobPay

Money is the reason you are looking for a job and not a volunteer signup sheet. On that front consider a few things:

  • You should be trying to make a big jump. If you already have a job and go to the interview and tell them what you make most companies know that most people will switch jobs for a 7% raise and some fluff about opportunity.  You want to get hired but 7% is not going to cut it.  This is why, even under bamboo-stick-fingernail torture, you NEVER tell someone what you are currently making. UNIVERSAL NEGOTIATING RULE: the first person to say a number LOSES.
  • Shoot for a 50% raise. Seems like a lot but you need some negotiating room. Also, switching jobs is a hassle so make sure it is worth it. I’ve had as much as 90% raises when switching jobs. Again, you never give a number but if you need to give some guidance to a 3rd party recruiter you can say “well anything over [whatever would be a 50% raise] would work, possibly a little less for a great opportunity”.  This mindset is more important than degrees (check out our first podcast episode encouraging our listeners to Skip College.

Presentation is Everything

  • You Already Have a Job – only once when I was applying for an unpaid internship did I admit to not currently having a job. If you are not currently employed by some company, I assume you aren’t just laying around the house doing nothing. Any time I have been out of work I was usually looking for a job AND looking for a consulting contract. While looking for a freelance project I use a DBA (Doing Business As) so I can honestly say I work for such-and-such company “on a contract basis which is one of the reasons I am considering this permanent position”. Kills two birds with one stone. Now you don’t have an employment gap AND you have a very simple and direct answer to why you are looking to change positions.
  • Teens and Other First Time Job Seekers – You do NOT need a degree to get hired and work experience beats degrees EVERY TIME.  If you have really never worked (which I define as having provided value to a company or client) then you may need to work on an apprentice or intern basis. If you have done even informal teen internships, try packaging that up as a position. Mix that with a reference that will say how awesome you were and you are ready to walk tall into the interview.
  • Exude Confidence – humility is normally a virtue. That said, if you don’t tell the interviewer why you are AWESOME they aren’t going to know that you are. You need to think about everything that makes you great. You need to start thinking about what in your past shows that the company would be fools to pass it up. If really have no references or accomplishments, then chances are you are looking for an entry level position. If that is the case the best thing to do is look the interviewer straight in the eyes, tell them something that is true that they also want to hear. If you are fired up to make your first job a success? Tell them. Are you the type not to complain but instead are focused on how to get the job done? Tell them and do it with confidence like you know how good you are.

Get Hired

Some of this may seem a little strange but trust me! I have done this from every angle. I was a teenager getting jobs college grads would be thrilled to get (including six-figure positions). I got my first team when I was 17 and made the decisions on the hiring end. I took a 2-year working sabbatical where I worked as a recruiter (which compared to being a software sales executive felt like a vacation). Lastly, I’ve personally mentored many to get a job that, on paper, they didn’t look qualified for (but where they were able to succeed).

Central to all this working is having an AMAZING RESUME. We will handle that in Part 2 so stay tuned.

About JordanKaufman

Jordan Kaufman is author of Blender Meets Python (and several other technical volumes) and has been the ghostwriter for multiple other non-technical books. He has spent the last 18 years as a technology consultant holding his first tech job at 14 years of age.