Once in a lifetime opportunities don't come along everyday

Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity 

To seize everything you ever wanted 

One moment 

Would you capture it or just let it slip?

-Eminem-

What are the once, maybe a couple time in your life moments?

When you get engaged - it’s one of the moments in your life where you’ll want to “nail it”. Get the words right, pick the location, set the mood. Hopefully, you’ll only have to do it once and you want to be on point with your A game to ensure you get the YES.

Let’s say in your same lifetime, you purchase 3 or 4 homes - maybe you move, trade up, downsize, whatever.

That’s 3 or 4 offers, 3 or 4 closings you’ve got to show up for, get your financing right, and sign off on. All the paperwork has to be in order, you’ve got to close on a particular date, lots of moving parts, but 3 or 4 times in your life, you’ve got to “nail it.”

Same for your career.

How many times in your life do you audition for an opportunity that will radically impact your personal, professional, financial, and family’s life?

Less than 10 times I’d guess, maybe half that for some people.

So here are my questions……

  1.  Why would you risk being late for a phone screen, a face to face interview, a call with a recruiter?

  2. Why would you not spend a few hours researching the company, reading every press release, reading every executive’s biography, every potential team member’s Linked In profile?

  3. Why would you not spell-check your resume?

  4. Why wouldn’t you have someone verify there are no grammatical errors in your resume?

  5. Why wouldn’t you do an audit of your expenses, finances, annual and personal goals and have a minimum comp package expectation BEFORE you interview or talk to someone, including a recruiter?

Next time you take on a job search, look at it as a potentially life-altering experience…. because that’s what it is.

Bob Pudlock is an executive recruiter and President of Gulf Stream Search, an executive search firm that specializes in the placement of top talent in the food, beverage, ingredient and flavor industries in the US.