How to Job Search Like a Presidential Candidate

jobsearch2016Election season is over and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Whether you loved or loathed the presidential candidates it’s fair to say they both gave their best efforts over the last 20 months. And while just one candidate gets to walk away victorious, a lot can be learned from the process.

Let’s take the candidates’ campaigns, for example. Both fought long and hard for what they believed in, never losing faith along the way. This is the kind of mindset needed for a successful job search as well.

Winning over America’s vote may be slightly more challenging than say, winning over a hiring manager but many of the same principles apply. Let’s review them shall we?

Do Your Homework

Whether you’re thinking about applying for a job or you’re about to enter the interview chair, you have to be “in the know.” No one wants to elect an uniformed president just as no one wants to hire a clueless job candidate. It’s important that you’re familiar with the company and up to speed on the trends and best practices that will help you succeed in the job.

Be Prepared…But Not Scripted

This is especially important during the interview. It’s never a good idea to shoot off the cuff without fully knowing the point you’re trying to make. As Donald Trump learned during the debates, you’re likely to get a better response if you have a well-thought-out plan. But, it’s also smart not to sound scripted. Hillary Clinton was heavily criticized on her robotic stature throughout the debates which kept her from connecting with her audience. While practicing your interview points will help calm your nerves, never sound canned.

Highlight Your Strengths

When campaigning for presidency, candidates must always explain why they’re the best person for the job. The same goes for you. Whether it’s on your resume or during an interview, you should always lead with your strengths. But pointing out your skills and accomplishments isn’t enough. You’re competing for a job after all. If you can find an angle that highlights how your uniqueness makes you the best candidate for the role, you’re likely to win the job.

Use the Law of Large Numbers

It’s common knowledge that candidates hot on the campaign trail have to make as much contact with voters as humanly possible. The more hands they shake, the better their chances are at winning. Use the law of large numbers when applying to jobs. Yes it’s redundant. Yes it’s exhausting. And yes, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Be Resilient

If either one of the candidates gave up whenever they hit a bump in the road the election would have been forfeited a long time ago. Any good job worth having is worth working for. Realize that you may put a ton of time and effort in to applying for a job only to never hear a peep. You may also get as far as the fourth and final interview and then lose the job to someone else. If you begin your job search knowing there will be some rejection you can prepare yourself for the long and arduous road. By staying steadfast and positive , you will catch your break. It just takes time.

Be Social

Social Media has never been as prominent in a presidential race as it was this year. Trump was a clear winner when it came to having a social media presence but Clinton wasn’t too far behind. There are many advantages to using social media in your job search.

For example, TechCrunch recently reported that employers will soon begin promoting their jobs on Facebook. You can easily market yourself as employable by updating your profile with your past and present work experience. Just be aware of the shortfalls of the platforms and keep your posts clean.

Be Relevant

Living in the New Media age allows for us to receive and release information in real time. Just as social media has become an integral part of a presidential campaign, you should adopt all modern forms of the job search. While it’s likely you’re already using your phone to look for jobs, take it up a few notches.

There are plenty of mobile job search apps that let you apply to jobs directly from your phone. Increase your chances of standing out and speed up the application process by having a mobile optimized resume. Also take the time to set up a professional profile on LinkedIn. Many employers are now requesting this in the application process.

Build a Strong Network

Networking is one of the most discussed topics when it comes to finding a new job and for good reason. A strong network or support group can open the door for new opportunities, provide references and give guidance and advice. In Trump’s acceptance speech he humbly gave credit to his family and GOP allies that helped him get the win. By nurturing your network, you will find yourself with a group of individuals who help you succeed.

Be Honest

There’s no doubt that Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness was an issue for her while campaigning. Trump too had his fair share of falsehoods. If you’re even considering lying on your resume to get a job just don’t do it. The stakes are high enough when you’re vying for a new position. Don’t risk burning bridges by forging your qualifications.

Be Yourself

If there’s anything to take away from this election process and the new President-Elect it’s that you don’t have to have the most experience. You don’t have to be the most articulate. But if you put in the work, surround yourself with smart and supportive people and above all, be uniquely you, you can accomplish anything.

 

 

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Jobs

Clinton and Trump have distinctive plans to bring back jobs

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shared their views on what it will take to create new jobs during last night’s presidential debate.

Last night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in their final presidential debate. Jobs and the candidate’s plans for creating them were one of the hot topics discussed.

Like most issues, Clinton and Trump have two different views on what it will take to bring jobs back to the U.S.  Since it can be hard to hear through all the name calling and low blows we decided to break down each candidate’s ideas for job growth.

To keep things civil we’ll lay out the former first lady’s plans first.

Hillary Clinton’s Jobs Plan

Mission:  Making the Largest Investment in Good-Paying Jobs Since World War II

# Jobs created:  10.4 million jobs in the first term alone

The Plan:  

Throughout her campaign Clinton has promised to invest in the country’s youth as well as education.  Beginning with a $20 billion initiative Clinton is aiming to create new jobs specifically for millenials.  Within the initiative lies a $1,500 tax credit for employers that create apprenticeships. This credit will increase for employers that bring on young adults.

Clinton believes that student debt is preventing millenials from contributing to our economy.  She is committing to create a program that lets anyone with a college loan to refinance and enroll in income-based repayments.  She’s also pledging to make community college free, while enabling working families to continue their education with free tuition at public four-year-colleges.

Clean energy is also a priority for Clinton.  She vows to install half a billion solar panels by the end of her first term.  If she can set out to achieve these goals, there will be jobs created in the renewable energy sector.

She wants to do more to support small business. While her website points out that she is to “cut taxes, reduce red tape, and support innovation so that small businesses can grow and hire,” it’s not entirely clear how she will do this.  Though, It’s worth noting she wants young entrepreneurs to be able to defer their loans without payments or interest for up to three years to help them get their businesses off the ground.

Supporting scientific research and technological innovation are also on the agenda for the former Secretary. Clinton believes new industries will be created by investing in the two.

America’s infrastructure is another area Clinton wants to invest in. The repairing of roads, bridges, and schools, for example, will create jobs in a variety of industries.

Last but not least, Clinton wants to invest in American manufacturing.  She plans on encouraging U.S. companies to keep jobs on our soil by charging companies that move overseas an “exit tax”. She also wants to enforce companies to “pay us back” when they take tax breaks as well as hire overseas workers. 

On the subject of trade, Clinton wants to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership as it does not put U.S. job creation first.

While Clinton’s well rounded jobs plan sounds promising, it does come at a cost. How will she pay for this elaborate plan exactly?  Tax hikes on the wealthy. For example, Clinton’s proposed tax plan includes a new tax bracket for those making $5 million and over.

Critics of her tax plan have some serious concerns.  They fear her proposal to raise the business investment tax rates will kill jobs, reduce wages and hurt the economy. 

But whether you agree with Clinton’s jobs plan or not, any tax plan changes must get passed by Congress.  Which leads us to…

Donald Trump’s Jobs Plan

Mission:  To be the Greatest Jobs President God Ever Created

# Jobs Created:   25 million in next decade

The Plan:

Donald Trump’s job creation plan is based on his pro-growth economic policy.  It begins with a completely revised tax plan that cuts rates for everyone.  Trump proposes that the current seven tax brackets be reduced to just three with anyone making $29,000 a year or less paying nothing at all.

His tax plan also includes a lowering of the business tax.   Trump believes companies will want to keep business in the U.S. by reducing the business tax rate from 35% to 15%.

More elements of Trump’s tax plan include the closing of special interest tax breaks, the elimination of the carried interest loophole for Wall Street and a child care deduction.

The reform of government regulations is another component of Trump’s plan to bring back jobs.  He wants agency and department heads to identify all job killing regulations.  Any that are not compelled by Congress or public safety will be removed.

To be specific, Trump gives examples such as the Waters of The U.S. Rule and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  Both would be wiped out under Trump’s presidency.

Trump is pledging an America-first trade policy.  He believes the fastest way to bring back America’s lost manufacturing jobs is to renegotiate our current trade deals.   For example, he is adamant about renegotiating NAFTA and wants to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership entirely.  

Trump has also been extremely vocal about putting an end to the abuse of trade agreements.  He will have China labeled as a currency manipulator.  In the event China does not stop its illegal trade activities, Trump will use every lawful presidential power to resolve trade disputes and apply tariffs.

The final piece of Trump’s jobs plan revolves around energy production.  Trump wants the U.S. to not only be energy independent, but become the world’s leader in this field.  He wants to lift current restrictions on all sources of energy including coal and onshore and offshore oil and gas.

Trump will also support hydraulic fracturing, and allow energy production on federal lands. By lifting the existing energy restrictions, Trump estimates over 500,000 new jobs will be added annually.

With vastly different views from his opponent, Trump’s plans to reform tax, trade, energy and regulatory policies are his plans to create new jobs. The Trump campaign’s economist estimates that the economy will see a boost under his plan, ultimately creating 25 million jobs over the next decade.

However, critics of the dubbed “Trump Economy” fear that while he may create jobs in the short-term, the federal debt created from his tax plan could slow job-creation down over the next decade.

Remember, any changes to tax policy have to get passed through Congress.  While the subject of Congress passing laws is a controversial one, it is important to stay informed on who’s running for the Senate and what they stand for.  After all, the Congressional election is on November 6th as well.  If you’re unsure as to whether Clinton or Trump can produce jobs, you still have the power to vote for your congressman or congresswoman!

 Editor’s Note:  This article contains the highlights of each of the candidate’s jobs plans.  You can find their full plans for job creation on their campaign websites.

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