Looking for a job?

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Seems like many people are looking for someone to “give them a job”.  I’m sorry, no one is going to “give you a job”.  It seems to me that a large group of young Americans assume that they are entitled to have a job, and just because they are here, they deserve to have someone pay them for something.  This is not the way it works.

I think a change in attitude is needed. Stop looking for someone to create a job for you, because you think you deserve it.  Most businesses exist to make a profit, this is a good thing. Profits drive our economy. Profits allow businesses to expand, creating more jobs. Profits allow employees and owners to expand their personal lives, this also creates more jobs. So remember profits are good.

So with profits in mind, how does that help you get a job?  Well, let’s think this through. Why do businesses hire employees? Most businesses need employees to produce a product, answer phones, do accounting, etc. The hope is, the cost of these employees will be less than what is made by the sale of the product, this creates profits. Again, profits are good.

It’s pretty simple, figure out how to make yourself very valuable to an employer.  To be valuable, you must create more profit for your employer than you are paid. This is how it works.

Stop filling out online job applications and start doing some research. Find a company (or 2 or 3) that you would like to work for, research this company, figure out what you could do to help this company create (you guessed it) more profit. Next, write a plan outlining your ideas and deliver it (in person if possible) to the right person in the company. If you’ve done your research, you will know who the right person is. This might take some time, you may have to spend a week (or 2 or 3) doing enough research.

If you truly believe your ideas will profit this company, be willing to offer to work for free for a month, on a trial basis. If this company is worth working for, you will be rewarded for your hard work. And remember you have researched this company so you already know that they are worth working for.

Now, if you’re not willing to put in this much work for for someone else, there is an alternative.

Entrepreneurship is one of the greatest opportunities available to us in this country. If you’re not willing to work hard for someone else, figure out how to work hard for yourself. (Just a quick side note, don’t be fooled, it’s all hard work. Making a living is hard work, get use to it.)

Millions of people have come to this country because we have the freedom to create our own opportunities.  This is by far the best time in our history to start a business. Because of the internet, it has never been easier to start a business and create a future for yourself and your family.

I am not going to get into the nitty gritty of starting your own business in this post. But again, use the internet for research. I think Google is one of the greatest business tools ever available.

So in a nutshell, change your attitude. Stop looking for someone to “give you a job” and go out and create your own opportunities.

 

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