Ok, it’s been a little while since I’ve done one of my musical posts and I’ve been listening to a TON of this album lately so I figured I’d share some of with you. For those of you who don’t know who Mumford and Sons are...well, you probably don’t read blogs either so I’m not going to give a big overview of the band. Needless to say, they are amazing and a nice breath of fresh air into the music scene. More importantly, they are quite inspirational and their music really provides a bunch of thoughts/insights from a recruiter, career, job search angle. With that, welcome to Part 2 of what I’m calling “Mumford Recruiting”.....inspired by the album “Babel”
“Cause I know my weakness, know my voice,
And I believe in grace and choice
And I know perhaps my heart is fast,
But I’ll be born without a mask” - Babel
Ok, perfect advice for the job seeker. Know yourself before taking a job. Can you do it? Is it in your wheelhouse? Don’t pretend to be something you’re not during the interviews just to get the job. Take time to find a fit and get a job that matches who you are.
“But fingers tap into what you were once
And I'm worried that I blew my only chance” - Whispers in the Dark
The great thing about a career is that it’s a marathon, not a sprint so you always have a second chance and in many cases a third chance. So, don’t freak out if you make a mistake....take a deep breath and plan your next move. Remember, this is a marathon and there’s always another opportunity waiting for you if you are patient enough.
“Now I'll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart ” - I Will Wait
Another great one, see video above. The key to a great career is more than use using your brains, you’ve got to be bold and passionate. Success is earned right? So, how can you earn success? By taking bold, passionate and intelligent steps. I learned long ago that no one is looking our for us anymore, your career is your career......own it.
“So I hit my low, but little did I know that would not be the end,
From the holland road well I rose and I rose, and I paid less time,
To your callous mind, and I wished you well as you cut me down, you cut me down” - Holland Road
Seriously, if you don’t own this album...go buy it. A fantastic lesson here about getting up off the mat when you you make a mistake. We all make them, it’s a fact of life. How you recover is what makes you great. The key and this really is the KEY to growing and advancing in your career is how you respond to adversity. Some people freak out, some people buy a convertible but the truly great people you want to work with (or be one!) pick themselves up and get better. So, what are you going to do?
“So love the one you hold” - Lover of the Light
Simple lesson here, love your job. If you don’t...find a new one.
“Cause there's no drink or drug I've tried
To rid the curse of these lover's eyes” - Lovers Eyes
Last lesson and an important one, you can’t look back on your career. You can only look forward. Great experience? Crap experience? Doesn’t matter...you’ve got to keep moving forward and get over whatever has happened in the past (for better or worse). Most people look at work as a “job”, that sucks. You really need to focus on doing what you love, doing it well and turning your “job” into a career.
Hope you enjoyed this post, I love writing these musical blogs and will have to do another heavy metal version soon. Good luck out there this coming week, lots of big things on the horizon for everyone so make sure you’re ready.