Author Archives: Ian Jenkins

Interview Tips

The One Word That Can Get You The Job

interview tip

You check your e-mail and find a message from a job interviewer you met two days ago. Before you even open it, the title “Thank You” tells you what it means: Someone else got the position you wanted. “What could I have done better?” you ask yourself. “I was sure I had everything they were looking for.”

What you say in an interview (and how you say it) can make the difference between “You’re hired!” and “We’ve decided to go in another direction.” To change the outcome of your career search, all you need is one little word.

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Find A Job Job Search Secrets

How To Get A Job – The Easy Way

If you want to know how to get a job, then you’ll want to check out the video below.

In this video, I describe the simple change that you can use to open the flood gates to interviews and job offers.

Had I learned this approach earlier in my job search, I would have saved months of stress, frustration, and unemployment. With a simple change in your focus, specifically the question you ask as a job seeker, you’ll create a new set of outcomes in your job search.

I tried job boards, LinkedIn, and company websites to find jobs. In 9 months I didn’t land a single interview. I even got rejected when I applied to be a paperboy! I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. Then when I changed the question I was asking, I landed 34 interviews in just 5 weeks!

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Job Search Secrets LinkedIn

How To Use LinkedIn To Get Around Gatekeepers

As a job seeker it isn’t easy to stand-out against the competition. One way to flip the odds in your favor is to use LinkedIn to connect with a hiring manager.

“The beauty of LinkedIn is that it eliminates the power of gatekeepers.”

Have you ever gathered the nerve to call a hiring manager out of the blue? Chances are you were stopped by their assistant who promised to “pass on the message”. Did you ever hear back?

I remember applying for a job and calling the hiring manager 8 times over two weeks. Nothing would get her to pick up the phone. That’s when I turned to LinkedIn for help.

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Job Search Secrets

The 3 Secrets To Finding A Great Job In Norway In Tough Times

Jobs in Norway
Is there a quick way to find a great job in Norway during a down economy? There is and I want to share it with you. I figured this out the hard way. I was unemployed for 8 months, and got rejected 63  times before I learned the quick way.  As an immigrant, I had a long list of reasons for why I couldn’t succeed with finding a job in Norway.
  • I didn’t speak Norwegian fluently
  • My professional network consisted of two people (family)
  • The country was facing a recession
  • I wanted to work in the industry hardest hit by the recession
When I started job-hunting in Norway, I was naive as young boy on his first date. Yet, I was still hopefully despite the obstacles. That was until after 8 months of searching. I looked at the pile of rejection letters and counted 63 of them. 63 rejections and not a single interview. I felt the last drop of hope disappear when in an act of desperation I applied to work as a delivery boy for Aftenposten (I had a MSc from BI). Even Aftenposten didn’t want me on their team. “Where you stumble is where your treasure lies.”

– Joseph Campbell

Little did I know how correct Joseph Campbell was. Rejection #63 was my turning point. I had stumbled and fallen. I  was laying face first in the mud. Sometimes you have to hit the wall to become open minded to other ideas.

That’s when I became obsessed with finding a better way of finding a job. I read as many job-hunting books, blog posts, and articles as I could. I experimented with every technique.  I had nothing to lose. What I ended up discovering was a simple process based on three ‘secrets’ that has changed my career and my life in Norway.

How to Get a Job In Norway

Finding a job in Norway can be challenging without a network

The first secret is that 60%+ of the jobs in Norway are not advertised. When I recently met with Einar Wergeland-Jenssen, CEO of AS3 Norge, an outplacement and career development service, he said the number is closer to 75%! What this means to an immigrant without a network or even a  Norwegian transitioning to a new industry, is that only a fraction of the jobs available are advertised online. After discovering a simple technique for getting access to existing professional networks, I’ve landed 107 meetings with hiring managers as high up as the CIO of Norsk Hydro, partners in major consulting companies, partners within the 7 largest venture capital companies in Norway, CEOs, CFOs, project managers, account managers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. I’ve never been rejected when asking for a meeting – not once.

I didn’t change my profile, only my job-hunting approach.

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the CV being obsolete after an article on the subject in DN. Yet there’s much life left in the CV because there’s 1,000+ ways to write one. However, when I’m a job hunter in Norway, I’ve found that it’s not the right tool for me.

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