The job market is improving. There is absolutely no doubt about it. However, given the fluctuations of available jobs and the regions of the country in which jobs are even available, not to mention the required skills set, one must ask …are you a fit for the job?
Over the years, and most especially in IT, there have been loud arguments about time wasted on interviews. There have been discussions about jobs being specifically tailored for certain people, especially people who are here on temporary work visas, known as H1B visas. The concern is that Americans are being marginalized in favor of foreign workers. However, we cannot forget that we are also still in a skills dearth in the United States. Companies in some instances can only find qualified workers on foreign shores. No matter what you might think, in many instances this is the unfortunate truth. We need a firm commitment to STEM education in order to rebuild our nation’s skills bench.
Now, of course many Americans say this is rubbish. The truth gets lost in the emotion of need. Still, our technical markets are, to some degree, being flooded by workers from overseas. However, if you think this does not apply to you personally and you know deep down that you have the skills to do the job, then perhaps you are a fit. For you, the fact that America has a technical skills gap might not be an issue. You may have the skills necessary to make you qualified for the job. If you do have the skills, you then must think about why you have not Locked The Job.
As ever, we can apply critical consideration to the activity. Most certainly if you know that you are qualified, then don’t consider an interview a waste of time. Don’t consider sending in your resume a waste of time. Don’t look at a company and say they are only hiring foreigners and that approaching them is a waste of time.
You must live what you believe and know in no uncertain terms that you ARE A FIT FOR THE JOB!
What does this mean and how can we make the statement truly effective? It goes back to your brand. And in maximizing your brand we can lean on 3FE and the Lock The Job process.
We’ve talked about building a network, leveraging your network, and creating an opportunity. This blog has been all about thinking critically and building your brand. We’ve talked about turning your boring resume into a 3FE masterpiece based on the Red Resume model. We’ve talked about these things with one goal in mind, getting you placed, LOCKING THE JOB. You cannot lose sight of that goal, and with that understanding in mind you must think critically about the job you want, the position that is open, the company that is offering it, and whether or not you actually fit.
Do the necessary work and determine if the job is for you. Do you truly satisfy the skills requirements? Do you understand, as best as you are able, what type of organization it is from a cultural standpoint? Will you be happy there? And no, the need to just make money does not trump your need to be happy. The economic environment is improving and you do not have to compromise your happiness in order to earn a dollar. Work to determine the truth of whether you are or are not a fit for the job.
If you find through your research that you are a fit for a job, then go for it with everything you can bring to bear. However, remember that as an aspiring critical thinker on the hunt for a great job you are going for the position far from the norm, away from the traditional mode. You are your brand and you are putting your brand to work for you. You have written a new courageous resume, a Red Resume that tells the story of why you are the right person for the job. You are connecting to others at the company through networking events and local organizations. On your LinkedIn profile you’ve even added a Visual Resume through SlideShare that shows just how dynamic you truly are. You are prepped and ready for the interview, and when you do show up you have more than just your resume. You have artifacts that detail your work, and at the right moment you will direct them to your website, where you showcase all your talent. You are a fit for the job, and in doing what I’ve detailed here, you will most certainly Lock The Job.