Lacking Direction is Your Problem

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

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Mindset for Success


Don't Buy a Ticket. Most people are on a train. They're riding the track from kindergarten all the way through college, expecting to be handed a job at the end of it. But that's not how it works. Careers are in outer space. No train will take you there. So don't buy a train ticket. Build a rocket ship.

Ignore Jobs Boards. Applying through a jobs board is like getting in a very, very long line (avg ~250 apps). If you like playing the odds, just buy a lottery ticket. If you want to get hired, sidestep the whole system and email the hiring manager directly.

Send The Email. Job hunters spend hours 'perfecting' their resume, only for that resume to be ignored, like all the others. Instead, spend 15 minutes on a thoughtful email to the hiring manager, and triple your chances of a call back.



Quote of the Week

"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24 hour days."

― Zig Ziglar

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Joel Bein

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