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Prove, Persist, And Get Hired: Part 2

  • Article by: Kevin Donlin
  • Kevin Donlin
  • July 21, 2008 - 10:36 AM

I wrote last week about the two Ps of job hunting: proof and persistence.

To get hired for your ideal job you must do two things: prove to employers that you can do the work, and persist past the point where others give up.

Here is another success story from someone who did just that, with lessons you can apply to your job search today...

"When I was 15, I wanted to cook at a local restaurant. It was the nicest one in town and well known for its steaks," says Christopher Flett of Bellingham, WA, author of "What Men Don't Tell Women About Business."

For 14 days straight, Flett went to the kitchen door at 4:00 P.M., asked for the chef, and then asked him for a job. "I told him I would wash dishes, prep vegetables - whatever he wanted - just to get in the kitchen. Every day he would take another copy of my resume, smile, and say that he had nothing for me."

On the 15th day, Flett realized something important - he probably wasn't going to wear the chef down with this approach. So he decided to change tactics.

"I loaded up our family's barbeque onto my dad's truck, went to Costco for some meat, and had my dad drop me off outside the kitchen door. I started the grill, seasoned my steaks, hamburgers and ribs, and started cooking right there."

A few minutes later, one of the cooks came out to have a cigarette, looked at Flett and his grill and bolted back inside.

"Five minute later, the chef came out and stood there staring at me. Meanwhile customers were coming for dinner. While the chef and I were in a 'stare down,' one of the customers yelled from the front door, "Smells good!" The chef told me to turn off the grill and said 'Go downstairs and get a jacket and and apron on, and get busy with dishes.'"

How did it turn out?

"I had a job there all through high school and worked my way up to sous chef by the time I left for college, four-and-a-half years later. And that same chef hosted my book launch party 18 years after that."

Here's how Flett used to two Ps to get hired.

Persistence: He came back ever afternoon for 14 days to his ideal employer and asked for a chance to show his stuff. How often have you followed up after sending your resume to your ideal employer? I'll bet it's less than 14 time. What's stopping you from following up more?

How often have you given up after being told just once, "Sorry, we're not hiring"? Always remember that when an employer says, "No." it just means "Not today." It does NOT mean "Never come back again."

Proof: Flett didn't ask the chef to believe he could cook, he proved it right there, in the parking lot by firing up his own grill. Hard to beat that.

Now. What can you do to prove to your next boss that you can do what you claim on your resume? And how can you do it so creatively that you literally leave employers speechless as Flett did?

Final question: If a 15-year-old can prove and persist his way to a great job - one that didn't even exist beforehand - why can't you too?

Kevin Donlin is Creator of Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. Author of 3 books, Kevin has been interviewed by The New York Times, Fox News, CBS Radio and others. His free report, The Simple Job Search Manifesto, is found at

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