Have you seen any Hollywood star looking for a job? I haven’t either. They are not job hunters, they are opportunity hunters. They seek for opportunities that leverage their work. Whether she’s a star not, at Hollywood people work they way up the ladder by projects. Opportunities that will land them to a better one. They don’t stay in a company or project for their whole life—they just work the right amount of time on a project and keep moving forward.
The Hollywood model works because if provides a small and flexible networks where talents thrive. And since people still believe in the idea of job hunting, let me show why opportunity hunting is the way:
1. Nobody cares about a fancy résumé. Having an important logo in your resume is overrated. It used to be important, and it still is if you’re a job hunter, but big doesn’t mean is better. Instead you care about having a great portfolio, because it’s the way to land in a better opportunity.
2. Having a job is insecure. If what you want is stability a full-time job doesn’t give it to you. You put all the eggs in one basket. The alternative is a portfolio with multiple clients and projects. In terms of safety is more secure. If that’s the main reason of you keeping in a traditional job, discard it.
3. Individuals have the power. They need you more than you do. In both interests—yours and company’s ones—the more you work in different projects the better you are. By retaining you in a single environment you don’t move up.
4. Freedom. You get to choose your working hours, and since you make your living by noticing things, nine-to-five is useless and kills creativity.
You can also find some exceptions that proves the rule of people staying at companies. When a Hollywood talent stays in a company, is usually because they have opportunities inside the organization that let them move forward in their careers, hopping from project to project. And that’s okay because it gives you the benefits of opportunity hunting. Alas, it’s not so common out of Hollywood.
I think the expression of job hunting is busted. Unless you work doing something that it’s written in a manual you don’t look for jobs, you look for projects. Projects that give you an opportunity to work your way up the ladder. Sometimes you don’t necessarily think that those opportunities are the best way to move ahead in your career, but if they put you to work with great people and future collaborations that okay. It’s a great opportunity, isn’t it?
Now the problem is different. Do you have your radar that looks for opportunities on?
This is the project’s world. And I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but job hunting is dead.