Everything I Know About Career Success - I Learned in Elementary School
Remember when in elementary school, we had to be picked by team captains to be on their teams? We all waited by the sidelines in a group, hoping to be picked first. Now we're adults; but, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose! (the more things change, the more they remain the same.) Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Who do team captains pick?
They pick people they know. That's why networking is so important when searching for a job. People hire those whom they know, because they are a known commodity.
They pick people who are winners. That's why it's important to highlight your major achievements in your resume and cover letter. Don't worry about coming off as a braggart. If you don't toot your own horn, who will? People always want winners on their side.
They pick people they want to be friends with. They want people with whom they can have a positive, likeable relationship. Chemistry counts, so in an interview, show your positive, friendly side.
They pick team players. They want people who can work well with others, after all, it is through working together that a team triumphs.
These four factors, networking, achievement, likeability and teamwork, can get you to your desired job; but, can also lead you to the top. Then you can be the team captain and pick players of your own!