Rene Carayol – he who founded the Inspired Leaders Network 10 years ago – has these 5 tips to successfully ride the turbulent waters of finding a job:

1) Don’t Panic

Don’t rush out and take the first job. It might sound counter-intuitive but swallow hard and take stock. Identify organisations whose values and attitudes match yours. That alone will energise you and make you stand out over the competition. Now is not the time to end up in an organisation whose culture does not inspire you and you find yourself trapped.

2) Know Your Assets

When I was moderating a global head-hunter conference recently, the audience asked our learned panel of top North American and European head-hunters what the ‘best of the best’ organisations look for when employing? Their answer was passion for the organisation and candidates who had lived in another culture abroad.

If you have a passion for a particular business sector, are fluent in another language, have lived abroad or have specialist skills then announce them loudly and proudly. They are your trump card.

3) Work On That CV

I’ll repeat it again. Skills are commoditised, so don’t labour the point about your qualifications in an overly long CV. Keep it succinct, punchy and highlight what makes you unique, special and different.

Remember to go back to attitude. Employers want to know that expensive new hires are going to fit in and last. If there are training gaps, they will provide it.

CVs don’t have to be dull. Give them personality.

4) Think Laterally

Put Yourself Out There  Opportunities spring up in the least expected places. Build relationships, network hard, use social media and lean on your existing contact base.

Personal recommendations are by far the strongest weapon in any armoury at the moment.

5) Be Flexible

Earn your stripes. Prove what you can do, be agile and make yourself indispensible. Get a foot in the door in the right organisation and work yourself over time into the role that plays to your strengths.

Thankyou Rene.

@GapingVoid is well worth tracking. Well worth following. Well worth reading. Most of the time the reading bit is easy – he’s the guy that draws cartoons on the back of business cards. He has just posted what he self-describes as “Perhaps my most important blog post for a while. Time will tell.” Not sure – but it is starting to connect some dots for me around this whole social media thingy. You see I am one of those crazies that believe that

1) social media is here to stay BUT

2) social media hasn’t ever been away

It basically is a new name for something that we all do, always have done – been doing it for ever. Back in the day we had that old thing called Word of Mouth – but then the corporations started taking that over and replacing it with CorporateAd/Marketing speak.

We are coming full circle – but now all that stuff is being enabled through technology – we had to rename it and of course measure it.

Because it’s actually talking about stuff that actually matters to people. It’s not enough for people to like your product. For them to really LOVE it, somehow they’ve got to connect and empathize with the basic, primal human drives that compelled you create your product in the first place. The Purpose. The Idea. Otherwise you are just one more piece of clutter to them.

The Full Article : ‘The object-idea’ : the future of what used to be called advertising