Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain. Give honest and sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. These are fundamental techniques in handling people, specifically how to win friends and influence people.  What does this have to do with finding a job in Peterborough? To some, maybe not much, particularly in shrinking industries where people skills are not very important.  However, for those in the creative economy, those paid to think, those interacting with other people on a daily basis, it is highly important.

If you would like to read a good summary on Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, take a look at the Wikipedia article. And if you can find it, there are some pdf downloads of the book to be found for sure. So, why am I suggesting these things?  Here are my reasons:

  1. The job market is not positive.  Anyone who tells you it is easy to find an entry-to-mid-level professional position is lying to you; unless they are engineers or certified accountants.
  2. For those in the creative economy, your ability to connect with people and win them over to working with you in a genuine way is paramount.
  3. Principles learned within this book are good for business, good for your home life, and beneficial for the way you approach your career search.
  4. Peterborough is a city built on a network of relationships. If you don’t know people, it will be much more difficult for you to find work here. If you don’t attend events where you can get to know people, how can you get to know people?  A bit of a catch question there I admit.

Think about how you are approaching your job search in Peterborough, or any city for that matter.  Are you attracting people to yourself in such a way that they would want to do business with you, hire you, take you into their organization?  Here are a list of six ways to make people like you, from Dale Carnegie’s book, and hopefully helpful in your job search in Peterborough:

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
  6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.