Looking for a job? Three words: "Act as if"

For the most part this blog has been about recruiting strategy.  I’m going to start writing more about job search tips, since most of the people I interact with on a daily basis are job seekers, not recruiters.  Hope you find it helpful.

My overaching theme is to be aggressive.  Whenever I speak about the job market and/or job search strategies, I always reference the scene in Boiler Room when Ben Affleck’s character tells the new traders to “Act as if”.  I can’t quote the scene because it isn’t suitable for all audiences, but the gist of his message is to act as if you are the absolute sh*t, the absolute best at what you do.  Get the message across that you are so good at what you do, they can not afford NOT to hire you.  Of course this is only going to work if you are actually good at what you do, but if you are, don’t be afraid to show it.  The late stage of the interview process is one of the few places you can actually blow your own horn, and most prospective employers want somebody who knows they are good and are not afraid to get things done.

Just don’t get carried away, because confidence can easily translate into cockiness.  Humble confidence may sound like an oxymoron, but it is the best mindset to be in when entering an interview.  Just think to yourself “I’m really good at what I do, and I will be better as I learn more.”

Then you just need to back it up.

Jubal Ince

Jubal Ince

A recruitment marketing geek based in Portland, Oregon, Jubal Ince is a the Founder and Chief Talent Strategist at HireMob.

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