Scott Swedberg is the CEO of The Job Sauce, helping people get the jobs they want and love.
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Turns out, it REALLY IS about “who you know.”
Or, more precisely – “Who do you know, that knows someone, who can refer you?”
Scott Swedberg, CEO and Chief Career Coach, and his team at The Job Sauce help people land their dream jobs with significant raises. He has hired, trained, and managed consultants, presented to thousands of people online and in person, and been responsible for multi-million dollar sales territories. While working at LinkedIn, he collaborated with CEOs and VP’s of HR on their hiring strategies, helping him create the founding principles of his company.
Job searching can be maddening. Scott says you should never apply for a job again. You need to get referred by someone on the inside.
“From my time working at LinkedIn, talking to hundreds of CEO’s about how they hire and why, most of them believe that their best hires are through referrals,” Scott said. “Someone who can say, I’ve worked with them before, I know them, and they’ve gotten good results in the past.”
In other words, spend less time on the perfect cover letter and more time on figuring out how to connect to someone already working where you want to work. Find that second degree contact on LinkedIn who works at that company, and do the work necessary to make a meaningful connection.
“If you apply for a job online, you have about 1 in 250 chance. If you are referred directly to the hiring manager, that becomes 1 in 12,” Scott said.
Of course, getting the job is only half the battle. Being happy there is a whole different challenge. In this month’s episode, we talk about finding your way to the dream job, then how to be happy there. Scott says it’s about finding the job that allows you to access the other things in your life that truly make you happy.
“You might have your dream job right now because it allows you to pursue the things that are really important in your life – the things that really make you happy,” he said, adding that it often begins with questioning the stories you’ve been telling yourself that hold you back.
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Things We Mention In the Show:
A business and employment-oriented social networking service.
CareerXroads is a peer-to-peer membership community made of talent acquisition leaders from enterprise organizations around the world.
Things Scott’s loving right now:
“The Morning Journal”
Take time to reflect on the things in your life that are meaningful. There are many morning gratitude journals available. Here’s one…
The Daily Stoic
Don’t let the negative things in life affect your ability to feel the positive ones.
Things T.J.’s loving right now:
Amazing soda made in Lafayette, Louisiana. Try the praline cream soda.
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