An Important Secret for Job Hunters

Today, for too many job hunters are leaving out one of the most essential skills for a successful career: creativity. As a result, talk to a typical job hunter, and chances are, they’re doing the same things as everyone else: getting the right degree, attending job fairs, networking events, and scouring the Internet. But if you’re doing the same exact thing as everyone else, that simply means you fighting enormous competition.

In researching and writing my book: “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do,” I discovered a powerful key to getting noticed in the job market today: being unique, standing out, and becoming different from the pack. That’s why my recommendation to job hunters today is to get the kind of unique experience that makes you very attractive, but you can’t actually find in most workplaces today – the kind of experience that nonprofit organizations have in abundance.

Working as a media consultant and film producer for nonprofit organizations, I’ve navigated the headwaters of the Amazon River, experienced a military coup in Africa, lived with the Bedouins on the Middle East, spoken at creative conferences in India, and helped medical teams in the most remote parts of the planet. I’ve seen firsthand nonprofit volunteers and employees making a difference for thousands in disaster areas, teaching students who’s parents have been killed in war, and digging water wells in Third World countries.

The bottom line? Those experiences give you a resume that few can top.  After all, what does a middle manager at a software firm bring to the table, compared to a nonprofit employee who’s led an initiative to feed, clothe, or house 10,000 refugees? What can a human resources job teach you about people, after you’ve negotiated with the elders of a local tribe to set up a medical clinic in the African bush?

If you’re struggling in the job market, perhaps you need something that makes you stand out and get noticed. The kind of experience that overshadows anything you could learn in a retail environment or office. And trust me, there are plenty of opportunities out there – just do an Internet search for nonprofit or religious organizations in your area.

Changing someone else’s life, could be the key to transforming your future.

 

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  • Michael Williams

    I suppose this is another one of your books I will need to buy Phil (when I get a job!.) Unique…OK. A few years ago I was talking with a Marine recruiter in the mall. No, I’m way too old to reenlist…However, as we spoke about the Marines, the movie Heartbreak Ridge, ETC. & I began to share with him the things I have really done over the years, I began to almost sweat. I thought to myself, this recruiter probably thinks I am majorly BS’ing him. I have been unemployed for 13 months (company was sold) after 35 years with outstanding results and near perfect attendance in the Corporate world. I also co-founded a media group (no pay) that has done well. When I interview now with people my kids age I’m doubting they want to hear how unique I am. With that said, how bout you hire me Phil? ;) I’m very unique and would love to move back to Southern California! God Bless, Keep writing!