Chapter 32. Survival of the Fittest Is the Law of the Job Search Jungle

Darwin's law of natural selection is based on the phrase "survival of the fittest. Most people associate this concept with lions and tigers, because they are commonly thought to be the strongest animals in the jungle and the fiercest predators. However, fittest does not mean strongest; it means most adaptable to change.

So if the markets are melting down, if financial turmoil is everywhere, and if jobless claims are hitting record highs, it doesn't matter how strong you are; it only matters how adaptable, flexible, and savvy you are in navigating the new employment landscape. Part of being adaptable is having a complete portfolio of career tools. The goal is to use the right tool at the right time for the right purpose with the right person. Mastering this approach will help you to not only survive, but thrive, in your job search.

We'll get into a lot more detail on each of these tools, but for now, let's review your core job seeker materials.

  1. Written Accomplishments. Write five or six stories about work-related tasks that made you proud. Describe the challenge or problem, your specific actions, and the positive results you produced. These stories can be from any time in your career and any job you've had. These are usually examples of times when you exceeded the scope of your job's responsibilities. Don't worry, I'll show you exactly how to create these, and there are lots of examples coming up.

  2. Verbal Presentations ...

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