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djh: how to land any job even as a high school dropout 😮

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

Recapping this week's DJH

Mindsets for Success

Have More Fun

One of the problems with the K-12 school system we endure is that it teaches us to be studious, not playful. It teaches us that work and learning are a chore.

But in reality, learning is best when it is playful, fun, creative, positive, and in the moment (i.e. flow state).

So how do you apply that to your job hunt? Let go of the heaviness of it.

Instead, have fun! Instead of "I HAVE to get a job," say "I GET to get a job!

Check Your Habit Triggers

What's the trigger for when you start scrolling social media, without purpose?

Is it after lunch?
After waking up?
During your break at work?

It's not that "scrolling is BAD".... but what could you do instead?

What if right after lunch.....you create a 1 sentence blog post?
What if right after you wake up.... you just took a deep breath?

Choose your habits, and use triggers in your favor.

Quote of the Week

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines! Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!”
— Mark Twain

Build a Signal

Most people are VERY qualified to land an entry level job, but they just need to prove it.

If you're a high school drop out who's only experience is mowing lawns when you were 11, you can still pitch your way into an entry level tech role.

It just takes initiative.

It takes you signaling the type of person you are.

Enter the power of portfolios. Here are ideas to showcase your value and be your own credential.

  • Write a blog post about the "6 Lessons Learned Mowing Lawns"
  • Write a blog post about "Why I Left High School to Forge My Own Path"
  • Create a short intro video sharing stories about obstacles you've overcome
  • Build a website
  • Create a professional email address (e.g. firstname.lastname at gmail.com)
  • Take 1 photo of a flower each day for 30 days and post in an online gallery
  • A tailored 30 second video pitch to 1 company you love

Some of these might seem weird.....how will they get you a job?

Well, when you see everything is a signal, you realize you have much personal power.

A new professional email address signals your level of commitment and pride.

30 flower pictures shows your consistency and creativity and personality.

A blog post showcases your reflection, writing skills, and willingness to go above and beyond.

Most people don't do these things!!! You will stand out, if you do them!

The question is will you do them, or will you just be like everyone else?

and the DJH Team

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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is Chief of Content and Coaching at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.