This is how we usually experience life: going to work, shopping, cleaning, socializing, vacations, getting married, kids etc. In each of these areas, we come up with ideas or ways about how to improve them. Then we either do it ourselves or communicate our idea to others. Next, people either accept our idea or they reject it. Sometimes we have ideas that work, sometimes our ideas don’t work.
Would you like to transform an idea that you have into a job offer?
The greatest obstacle in turning your idea into a job offer is your mindset.
Let me give you an example that illustrates this better. When you go to the bathroom, do you ask yourself: “hm… should I use the toilette paper or shouldn’t I?” Obviously, you don’t ask yourself that because it is one of the countless actions that we do on a daily basis, without thinking about it and that we do on automatic pilot.
However, the first packaged toilet paper was made 300 years after the flush toilet was invented. This means that many of our current, daily activities were not common sense hundreds of years ago.
This 300 years gap represents the distance and the wrong mindset that stand between you and your job offer which actually is a more psychological process that you need to overcome. So, let me show you how this 300 years gap looks in your current context of job hunting when you submit your resume and cover letter.
I will start by asking you an apparently unrelated question, but that it will explain the gap very well.
Why do you think you need to read more books from a specific field or subject in order to understand it?
Because you pick up and process just 11% of information at a time according to the story in your mind and the analogies your make accordingly. After reading the first book, you build a new neuro connection, you add up to the story you already have and can make new analogies. So, when you go to the second book, you will grasp a little more information because you can make more analogies thanks to the new information that you added from the first book and the story in your mind that you had before reading the first book.
And you keep reading until you get a sense of understanding for a certain field. But, the brain power is endless, so you will never stop to build up on the story in your head and in this way you increase the capacity of your brain to make analogies. Eventually, people will think you are smart, intelligent. They might also consider you an expert or educated person.
But guess what: our brain does this thing called analogy every single day in your life because this is how it learns. You go to school and you learn new stuff about how people relate, about geography, math, friendships. So, you have more information in your brain, thus a wider capacity to make analogies which means that you have increased your ability to understand, to process information and solve problems. And then you become an adult, you’ve gone through a lot of experiences (in family, society, neighbors, jobs, relationships etc.). At this point, you might feel stuck because you take your experiences for granted and not as a source to learn, develop your ability to make analogies and hence solve problems. This is because they don’t come from a common accepted source of INFLUENCE. Your personal experience is not something that comes from a famous book written by a famous guy, nor does it have a fancy name attach to it, such as CEO, business expert, you name it. As a result, you dismiss it and overlook it.
Society says you should have a particular job, with a particular name, in order for that experience you gained to be called actual experience. Then you have to use it and put it in an accepted INFLUENCE tool like a resume and cover letter in order to influence other influencers (employers) that you are relevant for the job you want. And then, these influencers invent and use this complicated application and recruitment system because they know you want to influence them with a wildly accepted influence tool that tells a lot about your image, your brand, but not about your personality. So, you send out, over and over again, your resume and cover letter until you will be selected for an interview. During an interview these influencers (employers) will ask you a set of practical and psychological questions that help them to get an idea of who you really are. This is how they will know if you are able to solve the problems from the posted job because the person who solves problems at work is the same person who solves problems in everyday life.
So, because of this factor called influence, the influencers use a complicated system to sort out the information you provide through influencing tools (nice written resumes with pictures, linked in profiles, cover letters, business dressing code etc.). This is because they want to get to the core of the real YOU.
You are the sum of all your experiences. Your ability to be competent in your field and the wisdom of solving problems come from this sum. They don’t come only from a specific job that you had in a specific moment in your life. Job history and the skills you acquired are important because they talk about your competence.
In the same time it represents an experience just like the rest of 90% that you have 24h/day and that you don’t put in your resume. As a result, employers spend a lot of money and create recruitment systems so that they can get to this 90%, namely the ability of solving problems which is a matter of making analogies among all the experiences in your life, not just in your specific field because this is how our brain works. So, one can only find out about this ability of yours by talking to you in interviews.
So, what does it have to do with reading books? Well, I said in the beginning that your mind perceives just 11% of the information. So, you read more books to get more insight into the subject or your reread the same book more times over. This is actually is happening with employers: the resume they read from you is 11% of the information they perceive about you. So that is why they have to check you multiply times over with interviews and all kind of questions and tests, so that they get the full grasp about you, about that part and ability you don’t put in your resume and that is solving problems, creates ideas every single day and that you take for granted and overlook it. They want to know how you think, not only what you can do.
This is your 300 year gap between you and a job offer if you apply with a resume.
My method “How to get a Job without a Resume and Cover Letter – the Entrepreneurial way” is a shortcut to this complicated process. It cuts to the chase and gets to the point because it avoids this type of recruitment system. My method closes the gap between your idea and a job offer because it directly points to employers how you apply your skills at work; it shows the real you, the full grasp of you and it makes the lasting impression that employers want to find out when they invest time, money and effort in recruitment systems.
It requires preparation, but the difference is that you have a higher level of control. By going with the usual resume application, you already realize that you lose a lot of control because employers make the selection and you lose visibility. As a result you apply randomly to multiple companies and then, you settle where you are chosen. Using my method, you choose your favorite company.