A Baby Playing Basketball Teaches Us How to Score a Job

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Who said the only way to learn about money was to read articles on top of articles? Financial education is all around us—provided you look closely enough. Increase your awareness with the SALT™ Blog video of the week, picked fresh from YouTube.

After 2 weeks without a true video of the week (following the 30 Rock and Super Bowl commercial round-ups), we’re back with an absolute slam dunk of a basketballing baby video this week. (No, not this one.)

This little toddler is on fire (NBA Jam style) with his Larry Bird over-the-head style shot and hits every shot in the house.

But what can he teach us?

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I hate to be cynical and burst your bubble, but this kid didn’t shoot a perfect 100%. Even on his supposed “streak,” the camera cuts and allows for misses.

I’m not trying to knock the kid. Everyone misses shots (except Nuggets backup guard Julyan Stone—he’s a perfect one-for-one this season).

The key for little Titus, and the maker of any highlight or trick shot video, is to only showcase the best moments. We get to see only his best, and when applying for jobs, you should try to do the same.

Write Right

In many cases, the first contact with an employer comes via email, cover letter, résumé, application, or some other written form. Make your one shot count by proofreading, editing, revising, and perfecting each piece of writing you send on your behalf.

I’ve spent what feels like days working on what should be a simple email, but it really does help.  I’m usually moving a mile a minute and a careful re-reading helps me catch all the mistakes that could have hurt my chances.

Dress to Impress

Job interviews demand that you think about what you wear and how you present yourself.  But don’t stop there! Career fairs and on-campus recruiting events are also great opportunities to dress for success. Even a simple meet and greet or networking requires some thought behind how you look. It only takes one bad impression to blow your opportunity.

By the way guys, this goes beyond dress. We need to shave too. (I hate it, but we have to.)

The Interview You

If you are lucky enough to get an interview, highlight your best skill, just like that sharp-shooting toddler. Like you’d research the company interviewing you, research yourself as well. What about you sets you apart? What about your previous experience makes you the best fit for the job? These should be your focus. After all, new prodigies (i.e., applicants) with different skills show up every day—know what will set you apart.

For me? It’s finding baby videos on YouTube and translating them into financial lessons. Impressive, I know.

How else do you put your best foot forward? Comment below!

Note: Here is Titus’ response to the editing attacks. OK, pretty solid. 

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