Getting a Gig

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

More and more frequently people have been asking about tactics or ideas on how to land a job.  I think it’s a simple answer, I think… Below is a list of things that have helped me.  I’d love to hear what works for you.  And to be clear: getting a job, getting a date or getting a new client are pretty similar process.

#1 Be Interested – 

In news.  In your neighborhood.  In people.  Interested people are a great source of insight and ideas.  They also tend to be rare.  And they also tend to be liked, hugely. (Think about your friends, and who tells stories versus who listens to yours)

#2 Talk to People –

Not too complicated either.  Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Donate your time.  You get to help others and meet new people (normally genuine and interesting people, assholes don’t volunteer)
  • Go out to eat by yourself.  Find a restaurant with a nice bar, perch your buns and get involved in a conversation.  Good bartenders are also good at connecting people sitting alone at a bar into conversation.
  • Use social.  There’s no value in being the cool guy who doesn’t adopt the “new” thing.  Making friends on Twitter is way too easy.

#3 Build something –

  • A class that you teach for free.  Show your expertise and help others new to the field – Boom!
  • An organization that helps or supports a cause that you believe in.
  • An end table (building anything forces the learning of new skills, which always becomes a fun topic in conversation.

I agree.  No huge insight here.  But actually doing these things is the bitch.  So here’s the piece that will actually be useful.  Pick 2, and put them in your calendar. 

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