The Job Search and Video Pranks: Why Planning Ahead Is Key

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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.

No, don’t “Instagram dat joint!”

Video of the week that joint!

This video is a perfect “someone appearing to be no one” prank (a reverse Manti Te’o?). Before you start asking questions (How could he steer? How far was he driving to hit all these fast food restaurants? How much did all that food cost?), let’s look deeper—into the financial lessons to be learned, of course.

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The connection here seems obvious: financial scams. After all, this guy scammed all of these restaurant employees for his own benefit. That’s too simple, though (and we’ve been down that road before, more than once).

So, instead, I think the important takeaway from this video is the planning it takes to pull off something complicated—whether that’s a prank or something serious, like finding a job.

Be Prepared

The elaborate “costume” this guy built is the key to his success and the reason he got great reactions from the fast-food employees—rather than just a bunch of people saying, “Dude, I can see you. Here’s your food.”

For college students, planning is crucial to get great reactions from employers. And I’m not just talking about for seniors like myself looking for full-time work. In-depth planning can do wonders when you’re trying to score a great internship as well. (How do you think I ended up here?)

The best way to make sure you’ve planned is to have a checklist of dos and don’ts.

  • Networking: It is important to reach out to every connection that you have and to make even more. Attend events at your school. Cold call (or email) companies that you’re interested in. Ask your parents or your teachers or your friend’s parents or the guy next to you on the train. The further your network reaches, the better your chances of landing a job. I’m working on growing my network now. It’s not fun, but it’s a must.
  • Résumé: We already know how important a good résumé is, so have a professional review yours (at school or anywhere you can). Once you get an interview, there are a couple other things that can set your résumé apart: print copies of it on quality paper (I just got some) and hold it a nice folder (more than 5 bucks—I got one at Target for around $12). This may not seem like much, but little details like these could help you stand out from the never-ending crowd of college grads we’re in.
  • Self-awareness: It’s time to figure out what you’re interested in. It’s not “what you’ll be when you grow up” anymore. It’s reality. Even if you aren’t sure, you should still know what the employers you’re talking to want you to say. I’m not telling you to lie; I’m just saying that someone in any industry will be happier hearing “What your company does seems very exciting” than “Eh, I don’t know, maybe something like you.” I’m in this boat myself. I want to be open-minded, but I’m still trying to be as specific as I can.
  • Urgency: Lastly, it’s important to realize that the time has come. Companies are already looking for full-time employees and interns, and your competition is out there planning. So, if you aren’t, someone (i.e., me) might just swoop in and steal a job from under your nose.

Get your pens out and start checking things off. Good luck!

What’s in your plans for the job hunt? Share them with us (unless you don’t want Shane to steal them, which he will).

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