Do This And You’re Getting An Interview

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Every single company in America is hiring every day. They may not have a job posted, but they are constantly looking for the right person – and that’s you.

Practically every small business on Earth is ready to take you on as an employee/partner.

For the problem solver, the unemployment rate could be 0%.

Now that you have this good news, it’s time to get to work. Industries have problems, market opportunities, challenges – and they’re looking for you, now.

Here’s an example of how it works, using one of the most difficult industries in the world – higher education.

What a weird time to be a college teacher. The sands are shifting underneath our feet. Online learning is growing, and models are emerging, but it’s not the holy grail of enlightenment…yet. Old-school professors, decades into tenured positions, have no interest in radically changing their methods or theories. They will fight until their last breath to keep things the way they are, skyrocketing tuition and all.

Some of these people have been out of the game for years. They teach theories that are somewhat evergreen, or undated, but they haven’t done any hands-on work for ages. This club is very restrictive – they don’t like new members. These super smart but insecure educators do not like fresh talent encroaching on their turf. Compete with them and you lose.

The path to getting in? The path of low resistance. If you bring a completely fresh course into a university, one that’s not being taught, there’s no one to compete with. I have witnessed two such examples in the past couple of months; teachers who were having trouble getting past the velvet rope into the club simply chose to create a syllabus that no one else was teaching. They solved a problem their universities didn’t even know they had!

They were both hired.

Companies have problems. You have solutions. Through research, you will find companies who are providing a great product or service but they haven’t really mastered ________.

That’s where you come in. Older folks can actually make a great contribution to an organization with lots of youth, by working remotely. The Millennials don’t even have to see you! They won’t know you’re older than they are.

Take your existing skills. Extend them into a new field. Find the solution, which is often the path of low resistance. Pitch it. Close it.


John Scott is a media studies instructor and the career services manager at the School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University San Francisco. Check out “Destination: Reinvention”, on sale in the Amazon bookstore. The hardcover edition is on sale now at Lulu. Audiobook available on Audible and iTunes. Follow John on Twitter @johnscottsf

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