You’ve heard the comparison before: a job search is like looking for a mate.
If this analogy is anywhere near accurate, then I’m currently reading the job seeker’s version of Neil Strauss’ “Rules of the Game”.
His name is Harper. And according to the story’s main character, he’s “big in the right places and small in the right places”. The book’s title is “Harper’s Rules”, and the story is an entertaining account of the relationship between a superstar recruit and her superstar recruiter.
I don’t have an opinion on whether or not I see job-seeking as completely akin to mate-seeking, however, I agree there are at least a few similarities. More importantly for myself, however, are the witty Harper-isms that make me laugh out loud and take notes.
Some of “Harper’s Rules” on finding the best path to your dream job:
- Put your personal network on notice.
- Use direct, simple language.
- Network with two headhunters that specialize in your niche.
- Do your homework.
- Your resume is a highlight film; it’s SportsCenter, not the unedited game footage.
- Your resume is an advertisement; it is not an affidavit.
- Don’t accept a counteroffer after terminating your relationship with your employer.
- Cultures don’t change. You assimilate or you leave.
- If you’ve stopped laughing, quit immediately.
- If none of the original reasons why you took the job are still valid, or you settled for less than what you were meant to do, your dream will haunt you till you leave.
Yup. He’s a sexy recruiter alright. And, I like his style (Apologies in advance for the plethora of Harper-isms you’ll be seeing in our tweets as I finish reading the book).
Have a great day!!!