JD Networking Group
Jobs Driven Networking Group
February 20th Topic: Jedi Mind Tricks for Job Seekers
Presenter: Paul Cameron, Founder, SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com & President of DriveStaff, Inc.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could wave your hand in front of an employer and say, “You will release the other candidates from consideration and hire me for this position.”
Of course they would respond, “We will release the other candidates and hire you for this position!“
The reality is that the right words and body language can directly change their thoughts about your candidacy. This may seem like fantasy, but it truly isn’t. The “force” I speak of is rooted in statistically documented human tendencies.
There are specific, involuntary facial expressions that, once you see them, will tell you what the interviewer thought of your answer. There are physical movements and word choices that have statistically proven to influence others to make more favorable decisions about you – over 70% more favorable. There are preparations you can make before a meeting that have nothing to do with your qualifications for the job that will dramatically improve your chances of getting hired.
You have more control over others thoughts than you think. Here’s a Jedi Mind Trick for you in the form of two questions:
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 means, “I will definitely be there“, how likely are you to be at this event? Actually think of a number before reading the next question.
2. Why wasn’t your number lower? Again, actually think of an answer before moving on.
Did you notice when I laid out the 10 scale that I only assigned a value to the top end and didn’t draw your attention to the bottom? Nor did I assign values to any of the middle numbers because my definitions for those numbers could be different than yours and thereby create a disconnect between us. I simply defined the best answer, “I will definitely be there” to focus your attention where I wanted it. …but that wasn’t the Jedi Mind Trick.
By asking why your number wasn’t lower, if you engaged with the question and actually thought of an answer, then your thoughts were forced to defend the reasons why your number was as high as it was, thereby influencing you to sell yourself on why you will likely be there! One carefully chosen question changed your mindset from, “tell me why I should go” to you thinking about all the reasons why you will go. The force is real my young padawan, join us at this event to begin your Jedi training.
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Previous speakers have included Lee Junkans (top left), Joy Maguire Dooley (top right), Robert Podgorski (bottom left), Jim Klink (bottom middle) and Jim Fergle (bottom right).
Who should attend this event?
Anyone who would like to strengthen their search skills and expand their networks.
This is for:
- Job Seekers: People looking for connections, leads, and networking skills.
- Job Givers: Employers with job openings or employees of companies offering referral bonuses to help fill their company’s job openings.
- Job Havers: People who are currently employed wanting to keep their networks strong for business opportunities and potential future job searches. Since the average employment tenure is less than 3 years, you’ll likely need a strong network someday. Start building it here!
What should I bring?
Bring a notebook/pen to take notes, and if you have business cards and handbills, please bring them. Also, this is cafeteria style room with lunch tables, please feel welcome to bring lunch to eat while listening to the presentation. We will not be serving food.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Paul Cameron can be reached at [email protected].
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, bringing your ticket is not required.
What are my parking options?
There is a free (but small) parking lot connected to the building, free parking on the street, and a very large parking garage with 300 free parking spots one block West on Wesley St.
If the Mason parking lot is full (it usually is), then exit the lot, take a left, go to the next block and take a left to the lot. The arrows below animate this exciting journey to the big parking garage.
It’s 3-minute walk away, a 5-minute stroll, and 10-minute meander. Go at your own pace. See you Thursday!