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Most Job Descriptions Suck

Remember, lots of companies are on auto-pilot when they write the description on a job posting. They rattle off some verbiage about years experience or “bachelor’s degree required.” Often they’re just doing what they think they’re supposed to do.

You can transcend that job description. Because what does a company really want? Someone who creates value.

You can say yourself, “I’m gonna create so much value for them, they won’t know what hit them.”

Bet on yourself. Choose your attitude. Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Stop Networking

“Networking” is a crappy term that feels fake. So don’t do it. Start genuinely connecting with people instead.

Here are a bunch of posts about this:

If You Want to Get Better at Networking, Stop Networking (Praxis)
Stop Networking and Start Helping (Lifehacker)
Stop Networking, Start Connecting (Harvard Business)
Stop Networking. Here’s What to Do Instead. (Forbes)
Don’t Go to Networking Events. (Zak Slayback)

P.S. A great way to connect with people, and learn about a field, is to invite people onto a podcast, like Joey did about sales.

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