Job Hacking: Hyper-learn Job Skills
Job experience is one of the most critical things you can have as a future employee, and lateral promotions are going to be your biggest advantage to gain a better salary in the future. Recruiters and employers almost always look for experience when hiring, but many candidates lack a good enough resume to past the initial computerized hiring process. Enter job hacking, a harmless way to explode your potential. This form of job hacking I am about to introduce to you should only take a year or two to accomplish, you shouldn’t be doing this the rest of your working life, but only to give yourself an edge. Read to the end instead of taking one or two tips, because all of these go together and coalesce into the completed protocol you want to follow.
Step One. Apply and keep applying to as many jobs as you can. A complete battery of job applications should be in full effect every day. Apply to 50–100 jobs per day if at all possible. Like sales leads, you want to keep your pipeline full. I’ll explain why a bit further down.
Step Two. Work a job only until you’ve learned what they want you to know, then quit. For most jobs you will ghost them as a no-call, no-show, but for some jobs you will put in your two weeks and tell them that things came up and you have to move back to your hometown. Stay cordial, compliant, and leave a good impression with these jobs because they will go on your resume.
Step Three. On your resume, combine job skills you learned at ghosted jobs with the jobs you put in your two weeks at. If you had three to six retail jobs and you spend your days there learning as many different skills as possible, combine them all under one of the retail jobs, especially if you worked different departments per job. Don’t say how long you worked at a job in your resume, just put the year next to it.
Step Four. Get a variety of jobs, try to plan your route as broadly as possible. You may only be able to get 30–50 jobs, so you want to choose them wisely and keep your schedule under tight control, since you may have multiple orientations per day. Ideally, you’ll be juggling 2–3 jobs a day.
Step Five. Keep the train rolling. This job hack will only work if you keep at it for a whole year. You are attempting to build prerequisite skills in almost every area of work, the trades, retail, restaurants, offices, factories and warehouses, perhaps even delivery or sales. You should have tasted from a huge variety of jobs and gained loads of experience since most jobs can be learned in a single day or over a couple of days.
Concluding Remarks. Let’s face it, the world is ruthless so you need to be equally ruthless. Large corporations are your targets here, not small mom and pop businesses. You can only keep this up for a year or so because you’re going to have a ton of jobs show up on your taxes and you’ll be drowning in W-2s. This is a wildly unorthodox approach, but believe me, the wide experience will do wonders for you and you may as well cram as much of that low-level experience under your belt in a short time span. If you do well in an interview and the place wants to hire you but you are unsure, give yourself time to fit the new job in your busy schedule, make sure you keep on you your calendar so you can set up the perfect start times because you may only be able to squeeze that job in for one day or half a day, since some jobs you can learn everything long before the day ends and will be walking out at lunch so you can get to the next job.
Think of the bonuses. You’ll have tons of interview experience. You’ll have incredible time management skills. You’ll have a huge variety of experience, you will meet a ton of people and witness many training strategies. You will notice commonalities among bosses and team leads or good employees. It will be hard to do this because you will feel like you are ripping businesses off, or harming them in some way, but you aren’t doing anything of the sort, you are looking out for yourself, which you have to do because no one else will. Does Wal-Mart or Target care if your mom gets cancer, or if you get cancer? Does McDonalds care if you had to spend the night at the hospital because you now have diabetes? These corporations have proven time and time again that they have no loyalty to their employees. They’ll demand everything from their employees and then cut their hours to save a buck. All you are doing is gaining a lifetime of skills in a short period of time. You are being efficient and you’ll ultimately make an employer happy because you’ll know what lines of work best suit you.
You will find out whether or not you can handle work on your feet, physical work like a trade, mental work like in an office setting, or whether or not you like to work with people. Experience is one of the most important and valuable things we as people can gain, so if you really want to hack life, use this method to hyper-learn the job market. Lastly, make adaptations wherever you need. Good luck out there.