Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods for almost $14 billion has made headlines around the world. Amazon has slowly risen to stunning success over the past 20 years, sprouted from humble beginnings. It’s the kind of success that is enviable to companies and individuals alike.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, outlined a few secrets to success in his latest annual shareholder letter and they are totally applicable to achieving success in your job search and career.
- Putting your customer first is critical
In the case of your job search, your customers are the recruiter, hiring manager, and the company you are applying to. It might feel counterintuitive, but make your application about THEM and not about you. Yes, you’re great and all, but keep in mind that they are hiring because they have a need. Craft a story around how you can fill that need and help them achieve their goals.
- Stay curious. Don’t be lulled into thinking you have figured everything out
This is essential if you’re looking to take the next step in your career. Think outside the box! Just because you had a certain title at your last company, doesn’t mean you have to stay in that lane. Candidates have so many transferrable skills these days, you might qualify for different jobs at new companies that you would never have considered!
- New trends in your sector are constantly emerging. You have to go after them full steam
No matter which industry you work in, this is always true. Never stop learning. Sign up for free online courses or attend a handful of workshops in your community, even just frequently check in with your network to stay current. Your adaptability and forward-thinking will be seen as an asset to any future employer.
- Stop being a bumbling big organization and start making high-quality decisions faster
In a candidate-driven market, the competition for great jobs is fierce! You need to be on your A-game. This means having your materials updated, moving around your schedule to interview as soon as possible, and accepting an offer in a timely manner (less than 24 hours).