In 1999 I wrote my first book, “Hire Education.” It was designed to teach college students how to market themselves to get a job. Several colleges and universities around the country had me speak to their students about the hiring process, which led to the idea and eventual action of writing a book. I also thought it would be fun.
In 1999, when the book was published, there really was very little in it about the Internet. In fact, I really only made passing references. Back in the day, there really was no such thing as an Internet job search. Back then we were doing it the “old-fashioned way.”
Fast forward to 2016. The old really is forever new. I came across an article recently and just shook my head. While the Internet has revolutionized many things, timeless principles in a job search, just like timeless leadership, are quite simply – timeless!
As I meet with business leaders around the world, we are always discussing leadership in the 21st century. The one thing in which I have never wavered is the fact that every generation wants timeless leadership.
Well, according to this article, employers also want timeless professionalism from job candidates. In the article, Lindsey Read highlights five other, albeit key, things employers seek from future employees. These are the same types of things discussed in my book from 1999:
- Submit a complete application
- Customize your cover letter
- Proof read all materials
- Prepare for the interview like getting the job depends on it
- Send a thank you note – immediately
For you folks who have read my blogs in the past, you know I am an advocate for Millennials. You also know that I am firm in my belief that everything is a two-way street. Read’s article carries the headline, “Millennials: The real obstacle to good job? You.”
I might also point out that Read is a millennial.
Here is the funny part. The book I wrote in 1999 was based upon my experience from the hiring perspective. Back then I was only hiring Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.
Every generation has had very similar challenges. The items pointed out in this article, while extraordinarily true, are not limited to Millennials.
Professionalism is professionalism. Timeless principles are timeless. Finding, and keeping (I might add) a job has not changed much. There really are no shortcuts to success.
Technology may have changed many things but it has not changed what it takes to be a pro.