Saturday, August 11, 2012

What Job Seekers Can Learn from Donald Trump

Donald J.Trump, is an American business magnate, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.  Given that Trump has worn so many hats, there are also many things that job seekers can learn from him.  Donald Trump, dubbed, “The Donald” by his first wife, Ivana, is an American business magnate, television personality and author.   His lessons for job seekers can be summed up as follows:

  1. Personal brands are important
    1. There is value in ‘branding’ yourself - A brand saves time for the public. [People] know a gold standard brand because the name [itself] will stand for the gold standard. It takes the guesswork out.” 
Questions to ask yourself:
                                                    i.     Are you thought leader or an expert in your field? 
                                                  ii.     How have you established or verified your expertise? 

  1. Work hard
    1. Regardless of your employment status, continuous learning is critical for success. “…do [your] research, and be very passionate about what [you] are doing. Passion is the No. 1 ingredient for success ... because it's necessary in order to withstand the challenges and difficulties one will face.”
    2. Always strive to set an example - “You have to completely believe in what you are doing; set the example for [your] children and [your] organization.”

  1. Adopt an ABC [Always Be Challenged] mentality
    1. There are always new things to learn - “… the key with entering a new space--[is that] you have to focus because it's necessary and there's no back-up experience…make the effort to learn as much as possible.”
    2.  “Self-confidence should be apparent, along with a desire to learn and excel. No one goes into [any] business knowing everything, s,o it's important to be open to education on a daily basis.”
    3. “I learn something new every day and it keeps things interesting. It also keeps you young. But again, [you’ve] got to have passion or [you] won't get too far. Passion is the key to success.”

  1. Pay attention
    1. Personal mentors are not always available but opportunities to watch, listen, and learn from successful people are abundant and, in many cases, free of charge -“Passion, momentum and focus are crucial.”

  1. Avoid selling mistakes
    1. There is a difference between being enthusiastic about a new venture or career opportunity and appearing desperate. - “When people come in with a sales pitch, it's always bad news when they appear to be desperate. That works against them immediately. Enthusiasm is fine, but it shouldn't be extreme.”

Job search success is all about differentiating yourself from your competition and increasing your credibility. Embrace the fact that you are a ‘work in progress’.  Stand out from the crowd by showing and telling the world about your unique background.

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