Good Tuesday morning to you. In this week of learning to be an entrepreneur with RockStar ideas I thought we should tackle another topic that just about everyone has to face at some point: How would you get a job?
I want to give a few examples of ides that I have heard and ideas I have used to get jobs when I needed them. So many people I know now want to sit at home and send out resumes by email. I remember the days of job websites, before the social media sites came out. I sent out a few but found they were usually jobs I did not want when I actually checked into them.
Over the years I have faced two times when I needed to find a job. Once I had a car cleaning business, but times were slow and I needed to have some additional income. I got up one morning and decided what kind of job I could do, then I made a list of all the car dealerships that might need someone in that position. I started in one part of town and drove to every dealer and filled out an application. It was dealer number 10 that interviewed me and hired me on the spot.
While that was not that creative, it still was an entrepreneur way of finding the job. I knew what I could do, I knew the basic pay rate. It was just a matter of keeping going until I was hired. I used that same idea when I had no car, no job, was staying at a friend’s house, taking the bus. For 21 days I got up at 7 am and would get on the bus, head to a certain area and go from business to business seeing if they needed help.
This next idea I’m going to share would end up being one of the best ideas I shared with anyone. A man who I knew had a sales background was looking for work. He was very discouraged after three months of looking. When he came to me to ask for help, it was the craziest idea that I gave him but it worked.
I told him to go make a cardboard cutout of himself full size, have the cut out holding a copy of his resume. Then send that off to 3 different companies at a time, and see if any call him back. The first set of three he sent out all resulted in calls for an interview.
The story got funnier as he ended up getting hired at the first interview, but was then given offers to compete with the other companies, as they all wanted him. I’m not saying “just do something crazy,” but be creative and then be ready to back it up.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Become the most creative person you can think of and become the RockStar in your world.