Be the Person for the Job You Want

“I know. You’ve heard it a thousand times: Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got. But I think this message goes far beyond the clothes you wear every day: It’s how you present yourself in meetings and at office events, how you interact with staff both above and below you, and how seriously you take your work.” – Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Muse

This is a really sage piece of advice. If you’re not only dressing for the job you want, but also behaving like a person who already has the job you want, you’re a lot more likely to get the job you want.

But how do you know which job you want?

Well, “passenger in life” attitude simply says, “a job with an even better salary/title.” That was me for a long time.

“Driver in life” attitude says, “where are you going?” If you’ve defined what success means for you, and you’ve defined what your personal values are, and you’ve de-conflicted those two things, then “Driver in life” next asks, “what job will take you on a step closer to your success while complementing your personal values?” And then you behave like a person who has that job.

Don’t get me wrong, this is really hard to do every single day, which is why taking time off from work is so important. It lets you recharge, and go back to work remembering the character that you’ve been hired to play, and the character you’d like to play (all part of, “Respect the Yellow Line,” one of Be the Master’s Nine Rules for Life™).

But if you know where you’re headed, you can – just like the GPS in your vehicle – look at the next step that will get you there. And if you start behaving like a person who already has, then you very likely will.

About the Author

Don Jones is a well-known technology speaker, author, and practitioner, with dozens of books, years of magazine articles, and hundreds of lectures under his belt. He's also a business leader, and authors books on business, learning, and instructional design at Leanpub.com/u/donjones. "Be the Master," the third edition of Don's book on achieving success and helping others, has been changing the lives of people all over the world.