How to Get Brutally Honest Feedback and Double Your Results in Interviews, On the Job, and More

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How to Get Honest FeedbackDo you know the #1 obstacle you face in winning offers, getting promoted, or even starting a business?

You might be tempted to say, “Pitching myself and telling my story properly,” or “Getting to know the right people,” or “Making a product people actually want.”

And all of those could be obstacles.

But there’s one obstacle that exacerbates everything above and makes it much tougher to fix:

You cannot get brutally honest feedback.

I’ve seen this one firsthand because approximately 90% of the emails we receive contain some variation of: “I didn’t get job offer X or promotion Y or interview Z. What should I do next?”

My response is always the same: “OK, so why did you not succeed? Have you asked anyone for feedback? Have you heard anything?”

And then the person stops responding, sends back a vague response like “lack of fit with the team,” or indicates that he/she has not asked for honest feedback at all.

This is a big problem because you will never be able to improve, or even target more appropriate areas, until you get this type of feedback.

Here’s how to do it properly, get real feedback, and then use it to improve your performance in all areas:

Why Is It So Hard to Get Brutally Honest Feedback?

Don’t Overestimate the Competition: 2015 Edition

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Overestimate Competition Investment BankingSo, you’ve fixed your LinkedIn profile.

You’re using my email templates to reach out to and follow-up with professionals in the industry.

And maybe you’re already seeing better response rates…

Next, you need to reset your psychology and realize that “other people” – your competitors in the recruiting process and on the job – are not so amazing.

This goes along with a broader point I made a few months ago: despite the wealth of interview prep materials, the overall candidate pool is less impressive than it was 5-10 years ago.

Today I’m going to share with you 5 stories from readers, customers, and yes, even a friend, that all illustrate a simple point: don’t overestimate the competition.

Why Do You Overestimate the Competition?

New Year’s Resolution #1: Fix Your Broken LinkedIn Profile and Create One That Makes Recruiters Come to You

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new-years-resolutionsHave you noticed that most New Year’s “resolutions” end in failure?

There are a few reasons for that:

  1. They tend to be vague (“I want to get in shape!”).
  2. They require too much work – no, you can’t work 70-80 hours per week and also spend 20 hours per week on a new hobby.
  3. They are based on willpower rather than automation and systems.

To fix that, I’m going to share with you this month a set of “resolutions” that:

  1. You can implement easily: no 2,000-hour tasks or 5 AM wake-up calls.
  2. Also make a high impact on your job search / career prospects.

We’ll start today with one part of your career that is consistently overlooked…

linkedin-profile…but which takes, maybe, 30 minutes per year to maintain: your LinkedIn profile.

I now have almost 2,000 connections on LinkedIn, which lets me see firsthand just how bad most profiles are.

Here’s how you can avoid disaster and create a LinkedIn profile that gets you results, whether you’re a student or you’ve been working full-time for years:

Why Does Your LinkedIn Profile / Social Media Presence Matter?