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Want to Find a Great Job? Ditch the Excuses!


It’s Australia’s favorite job hunting expert, Sputnik is back with more great career advice.

An award winning creative and brand consultant, he’s also the creator of the Job Hunter’s Boot Camp and the author of “The Swashbucklers Guide to Becoming an Astronaut.”

Feel free to share this article—first posted over at our Australian Firebrand blog—with anyone who needs (just a little) kick in the pants to get them back on their job hunt!

Enough with the excuses already.

I recently saw an article with someone having a good sook saying “Who do you think a Creative Director at an ad agency is going to hire? Me, or the guy he sees at the kids’ soccer game every Saturday? It doesn’t matter if the other guy is just good and I’m great – they’re still hiring the other guy.

This made me angry. Really angry. And I’ll tell you why

First of all, it’s almost certainly horse crap. Creative Directors generally hire the most talented people they can find, then take credit for their work so they look good. If they don’t hire great creatives, they end up out of a job. So it’s kind of insulting to Creative Directors to assume hiring based on who they know from little Johnny’s soccer game is the norm.

Secondly, who says you’re “great: and they’re only “good”? Who even says that? Let me give you the big tip. Two in fact. As a creative director myself, my opinion of ‘good’ and ‘great’ is more important than yours. Oh, and if you’re the kind of person that thinks and describes yourself as ‘great’, you’re probably not the kind of person I want to hire and work with.

And finally, it’s the biggest copout of all time. There are absolutely times when stuff like this happens. People get hired for all sorts of reasons, and talent is definitely only one of them.

But you know what’s not going to help? Whinging. Making excuses. Having a sook.

I actually took the journalist to task for including this anecdote in her article, because I thought it was incredibly destructive to anyone out there looking for a job. Finding a job can be more uber difficult, I know that. At any given time, there’s something like three million people trying to land the exact same job.

But you know what I don’t spend any of my time doing? Writing articles about how unfair the world is and how many reasons or excuses there are for not landing a job. And you know why I don’t do that? Because it would be a complete and utter waste of my time. And yours.

If it’s a pity party you want, you’ve come to the wrong place. If, on the other hand, you just want to know how to find a job regardless of all those things you’re up against, then let me kick things off with this tip: Ditch the excuses. Seriously, save your time and energy. Lamenting how unfair the world is has never, and will never, achieve anything.

It’s a topic I’ve written about on my own blog because by all means, put energy into campaigning for change if that’s your thing. But complaining? Well, that’s not getting you anywhere. Ever.

So ditch the excuses, and get on with it

If it’s unfair that some people have good networks and you don’t, take that whinging time and use it to find ways to work on your networks. If it’s unfair some people have experience and you don’t, save your time having a sook and use it to find ways to get experience.

Because guess what? The world isn’t fair. Get used to it. Work around it. Then be that person that rises above and finds a way anyway.


If you’d like to hear Sputnik talk a little more about this, check out the original blog post then scroll down for the video!

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