Whether you’re a Patriot’s fan, a Falcon’s fan, or a fair-weather fan that’s there just for the chicken wings, I think we can all agree that Super Bowl LI is an instant classic. It’s already being described as the best football game ever, and it had the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
Stunning, exciting, and a real nail-bitter, but what can this football game do for you?
If we simply focus on the Patriots, and use them as an example of how to win, then there are so many principles, and valuable take-aways you can instantly use and apply to your job search…and you don’t even need to be a sport’s fan.
Here’s how this year’s Super Bowl is going to dramatically improve your job search…
Even though football players make millions of dollars, they still play for the love of the game. They play with such intense passion, they’re willing to bash, bruise, and break their bodies to do so. You need to know your “Big Why” and have that same intense passion for what you do and for what you’re trying to achieve.
Football players don’t just wake up on Super Bowl Sunday and run out on the field. They spend endless hours preparing for the big game. The same is true for job seekers. To set yourself up for success you need to prepare just as hard. Master your messaging, transform your resume into a success story, and polish your online presence and LinkedIn profile. The work you put in on the front end will pay off enormously on game day.
Just like football teams carefully construct specific plays, job seekers need to plan out their own game plan. “Winging it” is not a successful strategy in football, and it definitely doesn’t produce a successful job search. Plan your strategies, organize your time, select your target companies, join professional associations, and register for targeted networking events.
Hours and hours of practice go into a single football game. It’s that successful routine and continuous repetition that gets results. Those players can run those routes in their sleep, and that’s exactly what practice can do for you. Practice your Elevator Pitch and your interviewing answers over and over and over again until you can literally do it in your sleep.
Not only is half-time a great time to get more chicken wings and watch Lady Gaga fall from the sky, but it’s also a time for the teams to regroup, to analyze what’s working and what’s needs tweaking. The same is true for job seekers. If you’re not achieving the results you want, then it’s time for your own half-time. Review your progress, make some adjustments, and come out in the second half ready and raring to go!