Hiring Managers Don’t Decide Who Gets Hired… You Do

Hiring-Managers-Dont-Decide-Who-Gets-Hired-Candidates-DoIn a job search rut? Thinking you need something to spark a job search that’s longer than you anticipated? Do any of these statements describe you:

  • Are you waiting for someone to decide that the job is yours?
  • Are you waiting for someone to pluck you out of the masses and anoint you as the chosen one?
  • Are you waiting for someone to recognize all the greatness in you?

Then this advice may exactly be what you need. But first, a little background:

The original source of this world class advice came from my son’s football coach. We were talking about how difficult it is to find playing time for kids of all abilities (if you have kids, you may have this conversation regularly with your spouse or a coach). And he said something pretty outstanding:

“Coaches don’t decide playing time, players do.”

As a parent and a sports fan, this summed it up vividly for me. It allowed me to relax and have a more productive conversation with my son about his own sports experience. Basically this: if you love the game, put your time in off the field, display a great attitude, respect your coaches and work hard, you will get to play.

And as I started thinking about this from a job search and interview strategy standpoint, this became clear to me.

We have to make our brand so interesting and compelling that the decision is obvious.

OK, so how do we do this?

  1. We build social credibility in advance of interview day
  2. We network purposefully with people who influence a decision
  3. We know our resume really well and can speak to it confidently
  4. We go in with a positive energy about ourselves and the specific job
  5. We are ready to tell our story, including prior career results with clear benefits to our previous employers

I’ve said before that hiring managers make decisions very early on interview day. In fact in the first 5 minutes of a job interview, I know whether you will be moving on. So you need to be good early. You need to impress the “coach” right away.

“It’s not up to the hiring manager to decide. It’s up to us.”

It’s time to earn your playing time. How will you make that happen? How will you make the hiring decision an easy one?





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Tim_AuthorAbout the Author: Tim Tyrell-Smith is a career, marketing, branding and strategy coach focusing on small business, non-profits and individuals. A veteran executive in consumer marketing, Tim spent 23 years growing premium brands including Nestle Quik, Mauna Loa Macadamias and Meguiar’s Car Wax. Follow Tim on Twitter!


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