If one more kid fresh out of school comes into my office and says, "I’m looking for a job," I might just jump out of the window (luckily my office is on the first floor).
Just wanting a job, to me, is lazy and shows the lack of a game plan. You don’t deserve anything just because you say you want it. I’m typically pretty good about meeting with all sorts of people and trying to help as many people as possible and give opportunities, but me sitting down with you for a meeting doesn’t mean I owe you anything.
My friend Gary Vaynerchuk says, “You’ve got time, it’s all about the long game!” He also talks a lot about adding value to the people you approach. If you come into my office wanting a job, tell me where you see an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the company or tell me how your specific skill set can make something we do better.
Maybe too many people are just asking for things because at the end of the day they don’t know what they really want. They say their passionate people, but I say, passionate about what? You have to know what you’re interested in before you can have passion. Have a purpose. That leads to commitment, which eventually grows into passion.
For all the kids that come out of school and get a job these days, I see a lot of them switching jobs really fast. Again and again. They say they’re passionate in their interviews, but they’re not committed. They’re not committed because they don’t have a purpose—they’re thinking about long-term success only as a dream and not something that’s attainable by taking positive action every step of the way through each opportunity they have.
If you’re looking for a job, or if you have one, but you feel ready to move on, do you know what you want?