“This is controversial, but here goes: if you’re remarkable, amazing, or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn’t have a resume at all.” — Seth Godin.
Today I’m going to share a story that’s perfect for anyone stuck in credit card debt or in a job that they hate…
I learned something totally revolutionary about Facebook the other day.
What did I happen to learn? I learned that you can actually use Facebook for more than just hooking up or tagging your friends in embarrassing photos.
You can actually use Facebook to land a killer job. Yes it’s true and I suggest that you continue reading if you want to learn more about this.
This is a story about my friend Bohdan and how he used Facebook to land a new job after quitting a job that he was sick of. He’s not one of those people that uses Facebook as a resume. I’m pretty sure he uses it for personal reasons. Yet he managed to land a new job out of this. He’s very similar to me. We both enjoy to have a good time. Below is a photo of us hanging out on vacation (Cuba to be specific).
How did this 20-something dude find a sweet gig after quitting his job a few months ago?
Be honest about your situation.
It’s totally normally to admit your real situation on Facebook once in a while. You don’t have to always brag on Facebook about saving money or getting a raise. It feels like we only post notes about ourselves when we have something to show off about it. You can admit when you’re unemployed or when you’re looking for a job. You can also talk about more than your Friday night. My friend was honest about the fact that he had quit a job he was sick of.
Don’t be desperate.
Just because you don’t have a job it doesn’t mean that you have to beg to for someone to hire you. That’s never going to work.
Let’s look at a more practical example…
Do you ever notice that when you go out looking to get laid it seems to be very difficult? That’s how it usually works. Those that are the most attached to the outcome are the least likely to reach it. If you show that you’re desperate for work on Facebook or during a job interview, you’re not going to appear very attractive to the employer looking to hire someone. You don’t want to date a desperate and single person as much as an employer doesn’t want to hire a desperate and unemployed person.
Show your real personality.
There’s no fun in trying to hide all of your photos and real personality. You don’t have to be all boring on Facebook. While you shouldn’t post pictures of yourself wasted beyond belief puking on the floor, it’s okay to have images of yourself having some fun. A potential employer wants to hire an energetic person. Not someone that’ll bring down the other employees.
List your credentials/accomplishments.
You can always share your accomplishments in your public profile. Your accomplishments will allow others to see what you’ve been up to and what you’ve done. This can include any of the following:
- Work experience.
- Remarkable personal stuff.
- Challenges completed.
There are so many credentials that you can list beyond your degree. You should list anything that you’re proud of that a potential employer would care about. The key here is that the employer should care about it. This excludes your achievements in the dating world.
At the end of the day if you follow the steps in this article there’s no guarantee that you’ll find a date for this weekend on Facebook. On the bright side, you might be able to land a sweet new gig. In this case my friend was contacted by an employer who happened to be an old friend that had been observing his profile for the past few weeks. It’s funny how things work out.
Now before you jump down my back telling me that it’s delusional to be in a position where you quit your job and you’re not actively looking for a new job, I wanted to express that this is exactly what happened here.
How’s this possible? How’s it possible to be in a situation where you can find a new job on Facebook without actively looking?
Allow me a few minutes to guide you through the story of how Bohdan was able to get into this situation. After college he was fortunate enough to find a gig in his field. He was excited about the potential of working a job that he enjoyed while he moved up the ranks. The excitement soon died down when he realized that he didn’t care much for his job, his co-workers, or the daily commute to work. He felt like he could offer the world so much more, yet he was stuck working in a job that was crushing his soul.
Why was he stuck in this situation?
He wanted to pay off his credit card debt. You can’t pay off your debt when you’re unemployed. He was stuck working his job until he could finally become debt-free while figuring out what to do after college. With the added monthly expense of credit card debt you’re stuck trying to figure out how you’ll make your payments.
Debt is mostly emotional as we don’t logically plan to buy things that we don’t need. We don’t think about the consequences of those $200 shoes when we absolutely fall in love with them in the mall. Both guys and girls are guilty of falling in love with clothes (or anything) and doing whatever it takes to buy it. This is how I ended up with my Macbook Air. We don’t think about the harsh reality of paying off this purchase for a couple of years while making the minimum monthly payment.
The end result is that it’s easy to get stuck in a rough situation when you owe money. This happens to all of us at some point in life.
How did he get out of his situation?
What we need to realize is that debt can hold us back and really limit our options in life. Debt is what forces us to work a job that we don’t like because it raises our monthly expenses. Because of credit card debt we have to spend current income on items that we enjoyed a long time ago. So yes DEBT SUCKS.
Bohdan was able to get out of the job that he hated by paying off his credit card debt and saving up money to cover his expenses in the time that he was unemployed.
Well that’s the simplified version of the story.
One day he decided to get with me and another friend to help him figure out how he can kill his credit card debt. Half the battle with becoming debt free is realizing that you need to make some changes.
Then the work began.
He was able to get out of debt by sacrificing his summer by working two jobs until he paid of his credit card debt and saved up enough money to survive when he quit his current job and explored other options. He also had to create systems to prevent himself from spending any more money on stuff that he didn’t need. It wasn’t easy to say the least. He had to miss out on many parties and good times.
The good news is that he was able to quit his job by the end of summer and be in a position where an employer/old friend found him on Facebook.
What are the key lessons from this story?
Before we part ways today I wanted to pause so that we can reflect on the key learnings in this story. How can you get to the point where you pay off your debt and are able to accidentally find work on Facebook?
You need to figure out what’s holding you back. Do you know what’s really holding you back from living your dream life in your 20s? Why are you stuck in a job that you hate? Is credit card debt holding you back? Are your monthly expenses simply too high?
You need to earn your freedom. Once you know what’s holding you back, you need to start working on earning your eventual freedom. The bad news is that this going to be the tough part. The good news is that nobody has ever drowned in sweat. Are you ready to earn your freedom?
Opportunities come up when you least expect them to. You never know when you can help someone or when someone can help you. That’s what I love about life. From helping you here on Studenomics I’ve been fortunate enough to appear on Fox Business News, a few local newspapers, and to be quoted at a graduation ceremony. This would’ve never happened if I didn’t start writing one November evening in 2008.
Facebook isn’t just for hooking up. Something productive can come out of Facebook. As unbelievable as that sounds, this story is proof that it’s possible.
Do you want to live life in your 20s or do you want to work in a soul-crushing job just to pay the bills? Do you want to make an impact in the world? Are you crazy enough to join us on this journey?
As I love to do often, let’s finish off with a quote from Warren Buffett:
“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”