This post originally appeared as issue 270 of the Daily Job Hunt email. Sign up for kick-butt career hype in your inbox each morning.

What’s bothering other people?

It’s easy when building a career or hunting for a job to think ‘me, me, me’.

How can you show your skills.
How can you get interviews.
How can you win opportunities.

But the biggest career wins come from asking what problems are plaguing others.

Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. What annoys them about sorting through all these apps and resumes?

Put yourself in the CEO, or department manager, or podcast hosts shoes. What is slowing down their work?

Learn to spot the problems others face and fix them and you’ll always have people willing to pay you.

What if you worked for free?

One of the common objections we get at Career Hackers is about the concept of doing projects or even working a few weeks or months for free.

People wonder if they’re being exploited by doing this.

Well, it depends. But here are some thoughts on the concept, compiled in one place.

TLDR: Free work might be the greatest secret career hack to making more money and getting better jobs.

Quote of the Day

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”

— Elbert Hubbard