Why is Job Searching So Hard? (one simple answer)

You thought, Resume = how to get a job.

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

Why is job searching so hard? Because you’re doing it wrong.

It’s okay, it’s not your fault. The culture has imprinted the concept of “resume” in you since a young age. You absorbed it by osmosis:

Resume = how to get a job, you thought.

But you can burn your resume.

Really, you have my 100% permission.

Just send a video pitch instead. Most likely, no one will ask you for a resume. If they do, say “I don’t have one, actually, but I’m really excited to create value for the company.” Or somesuch.

If they press you from there, you don’t want to work for them anyway. ; )

(Side bar: just pick awesome companies and they’ll LOVE your Crash pitch and never ask for a resume.)

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Job searching is so hard when you do it the normal way

Get out of the numbers game mindset. Instead, pick a small number of companies. It might feel like you’re not making the most of your time by limiting the number of opportunities you pursue.

That feeling is just the cultural conditioning I talked about earlier.

Send a pitch instead, to one company you love.

In the end, companies just care if you can create value, and they want people who love their mission! When you turn on the camera, smile, and tell them why you love them, it’s hard to ignore!

Go do that. Instead of saying “why is job searching so hard,” you’ll be saying “why not send a video pitch?”

It’s the 21st century, after all.

Burn Your Resume

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.