|Five People to Meet - Resume Not Required|
One of the questions we like to ask a job seeker is, “Who are five people that you would most like to meet in the professional world?”
This is not one of those pointless, hypothetical, fantasy question (such as, “Who would you rather be stranded with on a desert island?”). How you answer this question can help us gain a better understanding of your job aspirations and ultimate career goals.
After you answer this question, we can then ask related follow up questions, such as:
Listing five names of influential individuals in your chosen field or job path does more than simply narrow your job search criteria. By telling us who you would most like to meet in the professional world, you show us that you’ve put considerable time and thought into choosing the job you deserve, instead of just waiting for any employer to choose you. Knowing significant players in the industry also conveys a sense of commitment to the field and to the particular role you’re seeking. Finally, your list of five people helps us identify how we might make beneficial connections to those individuals and those who are like them in your ideal field or career.
Our goal is to find the perfect job for you—but we can only do that when you apply dedicated time and initiative to become invested in knowing about your ideal job. When we ask, “Where do you want to work, doing what, for whom, and why?” we get the rational description of the job you deserve and observe your demonstrated emotional commitment for that particular position. Though both will serve you well in interviews, it’s your ability to communicate an emotional commitment that will ultimately help you land the job.
For example, if you tell me you want to get involved in alternative energy but can’t name five people currently working in that arena, how seriously can I– or more importantly, the person interviewing you– take that statement?
Absolute clarity in what you want in a career is what we aim to help you achieve. As Emerson said, “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” There is no truer statement. We don’t need you to know the whole world– just be sure to know five people that you want to know in the professional world that could help you achieve your professional goals!