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    You’ve gotten my attention – that’s why you’re here, and you don’t know the easiest way to lose me is to tell me stuff I already know – you know – I know. You are here to show me you can connect your experiences, skill-sets and “runway” to hyper-growth – to our highest ideal.

    As the CEO of Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals, I have sought help for different parts of our growth. Finding and interviewing candidates is much harder, expensive and time consuming than you might realize. So I looked at this in reverse: instead of what to do to get hired – here’s a short list of what to do to not get hired.

    Don’t Prepare: it’s startling how many people just show-up to a job interview or a networking even or a career fair – just show up. This is the antithesis of a prepared person – the ad-hoc person, who is going to give you erratic forays into their career and future goals: no way to impress. What do you want to happen, well create the immediate stepping stones – the midterm thresholds and the long-term milestones.

    Be Who You Came As, Not Who You Want to Leave As: I know, sounds a little eccentric – some of the people at  , same the same, but I’ll explain. You can’t talk about the past, and grab someone’s attention: you must talk about the future – and how your past has readied you to lead. I don’t want to know who you were, even who you are now – just who the hell you are going to be in the big game?

    Tell Me Stuff, I Know, You Know, I Already Know: Here you are – you’ve gotten my attention – that’s why you’re here, and you don’t know the easiest way to lose me is to tell me stuff I already know – you know – I know. You are here to show me you can connect your experiences, skill-sets and “runway” to hyper-growth – to precision – to benchmarking – to our highest ideal. I want to know, how you help us get there – what are your strong and soft skills – how are you going to help pull that if off.

    Don’t Know, What You Don’t Know: You want to work in our finance department, yet you don’t know who our CFO is – who our comptroller is – then what do you know. Because if you’ve done your research – you could have aligned your presentation with what we’ve been doing and why, and where we’re trying to go and why – you blew it.

    Be Pedestrian: You forgot to show me what’s unique about you: what separates you from the other MBA’s – from the other McKinsey guys – why you. Whether you know it or not: I started forgetting you, even before you left my office. I don’t want another manager – another finance guy: I want a disruptor – someone who can look at the future before it arrives – and help our organization capitalize on that within appropriate and sound business modeling: can you do that?

    The key is preparation, and then it’s fortifying your strengths and closing the gaps, but be able to clearly and effectively disseminate your unique value proposition – force me to consider you.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    calvin.wilson1@verizon.net
    http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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