Not everybody can have years and years of experience. Not everybody has a wide range of skills and exceptional talent. And not everybody can have a stack of impressive professional references.
All of these things lend credibility to a person during their job search. However, not everybody has these things.
That’s the bad news. There is good news, though.
The good news is that there is an easy way to build credibility during your job search that does not require any of those things. Not only that, but:
- Anybody can do it.
- It’s also the quickest way to build credibility.
- It’s one of the most intelligent personal branding moves you can make.
It might even sound anticlimactic, but that doesn’t deter from its importance. The easiest way to build credibility in your job search is quite simply this:
Do what you say you are going to do.
Sounds easy, right? Sure it does. However, it apparently is not easy. That’s because many people have yet to master this fundamental aspect of their job search. (When you think about it, this is also a fundamental part of life in general, but we don’t have enough time and space to reflect upon that in detail.)
When companies want to hire, dependability is at the TOP of their list of desired traits and/or characteristics. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have. Or how many skills you possess. Or where you received your training. If you’re not a dependable person, then that wipes out everything else.
After all, what good are skills and experience if those skills and that experience can’t be counted on?
Below are four simple illustrations to help bring home the point:
#1—If you say that you’re available for a phone interview at a certain time on a certain day, then make sure that you are available.
#2—If you say that you’re available for face-to-face interview at a certain time on a certain day, then make sure that you are available. (And that you show up!)
#3—If you say that you’re going to send an email, make a phone call, or provide information of any kind, then make sure that you do it.
#4—If you say that you’re going to start work on a certain day, then make sure that you show up!
This probably goes without saying, but we’re going to say it, anyway: there is a shortage of dependable people in the world. That includes within the employment marketplace.
If you make it a priority to be 100% dependable in your job search, that can increase your chances for employment success dramatically. Because not everybody can have years of experience, a wide range of skills, or impressive references.
But everybody can do what they say they are going to do. And that includes YOU.