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  • Quit Thinking Like an Employee - Embrace the “Business of One” mindset for job search.

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Stop Thinking Like an Employee: Embrace the "Business-of-One" Mindset for Job Search Success

Listen up, folks! If you're after a new, better-paying job where employers actually respect you and give you what you're worth, you need to make a serious mental shift. It's time to stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like a business-of-one. This isn't just some feel-good advice—it's a game-changer that most job seekers completely miss. Let me break it down for you and show you why this mindset is absolutely crucial for winning in today's job market.

What Does "Business-of-One" Mean?

Think about it: You're a service provider selling your skills and expertise. Just like any successful business, you want to upgrade your clientele to those who appreciate and value what you offer. This means learning how to market yourself effectively so employers see you as a premium provider. But it doesn't stop there—once you land the job, you need to deliver in that relationship so they never want to lose you.

Why the Old Way of Job Searching Doesn't Work

Here's the problem: We were never taught in school how to look for work properly. So, most people default to this commodity-driven approach. You know the drill—scour job boards, apply for posted positions, and compete against hundreds (or even thousands) of other applicants.

In this scenario, you all look the same to employers. You're just a bunch of apples, and they're picking the least expensive one that'll give them the most value. That's a commodity-based approach, and it's not doing you any favors.

The Value-Based Strategy for Standing Out

If you want to be truly valued and get what you deserve, you need a totally different strategy. Instead of competing with the masses, you need to stand out. This means:

  1. Branding yourself differently

  2. Approaching employers in a unique way

  3. Mastering the art of the job interview

Believe it or not, how you answer interview questions says a lot about how you perceive yourself and the value you'll provide. I talk endlessly about your UVA—your unique value add. You have to convince employers of the outcomes and benefits of working with you. Show them why you're the must-have candidate, not just another nice-to-have option.

Closing Your Knowledge Gaps

Here's the truth: We all pay an ignorance tax when we're not getting the results we want. It means we're unaware of the things we need to do to achieve those results. The good news? Everyone can pay down this tax by learning and applying new techniques.

It's not rocket science, but it does require some work. I call it "temporary productive discomfort." You're putting yourself in a little discomfort now to get a better outcome later. Compare that to what most people do—staying in unproductive discomfort, doing the same ineffective job search techniques over and over, expecting different results. (And we all know that's the definition of insanity, right?)

Becoming the Must-Have Candidate

To truly succeed in your job search, you need to learn the techniques to become that must-have candidate. This means showcasing your UVA (unique value add) in a way that makes employers sit up and take notice. It's about demonstrating the specific outcomes and benefits you'll bring to their organization.

Your Next Steps

If this resonates with you, it's time to take action. Start thinking of yourself as a business-of-one—a premium service provider with unique value to offer. Learn how to market yourself effectively, master the art of interviewing, and consistently deliver value once you land that dream job.

Remember, everyone can learn these skills. It just takes a willingness to step out of your comfort zone and invest in yourself.

Go get ‘em!

J.T. O’Donnell

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