The Worst Way to Apply for Jobs

How does your average person look for a job?

  1. Search job listings on the internet.
  2. Spend an exorbitant amount of time "perfecting" their resume.
  3. Shotgun the resume to as many opportunities as possible (AKA Spray and Pray).
  4. Wait.

What do they hear next?


After all of that time and effort spent on applying to as many jobs as they could, it would seem like getting any type of job is hopeless. I'd be pretty depressed too if I shotgunned my resume to over 100 places and none of them got back to me.

If you're a reader of my blog, I know that you're interested in being a top performer in life.

So how do you stand out from these people?

We can start by recognizing one very important element of this job search that the average person misses:

The human element.

That old HR manager hiring you? She once looked like this.

That old HR manager hiring you? She once looked like this.

When you use the shotgun approach to applying to jobs, it shows that:

  1. You have a lack of priority and focus on which applications you spend time on.
  2. You really don't care about the company, because you tell yourself that you'll accept any job offer that comes through.
  3. You love having the excuse of saying "I applied to over 100 jobs; look how much effort I'm putting in."

All this shows is how you can't see a company for what it is: people who provide a service to someone else.

It's all the exchange of value.

Jobs aren't a thing that people just give out because they need to hit some quota. A job is an exchange of value for your employer. It's like if your grandmother asked you to walk her dog in exchange for $10.

It's the same thing, only more... well, professional.

You have to think of everyone you interact with in the professional world as someone who is in need of your help, and that you -- with your connections, skills, or personality -- are the solution to their problems. Besides, most people who are doing the hiring, have started off in the same position that you're in. They understand what it's like, and actually want to help out.

But they're flooded with these low-quality people who just want things from them. It becomes hard to see who actually values the people in the company, and who's just in it for the paycheck.

In other words, hiring managers want real people.

When you remove yourself from the fact that you're dealing with people, it dehumanizes the whole job process and makes you miserable as well.

You start to think of people as obstacles in your path to overcome, and not people that you can learn from and help.

When people are thinking about hiring you, they want someone who a) identifies with the brand, b) is a great teammate, and c) knows how to perform the task or can learn it.

The thing is, most people can perform the task, or can learn it on the job.

But not everyone is a friendly co-worker, or cares about the company.

It's up to you to show them those two things.

How do you do that?

Let's talk about it on Tuesday.

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