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Vote Your Way to a New Job

If you’re in the market for a new job, the most important thing you might do is vote. No, not that thing you do when you participate in democracy (which is also very important), but the V-O-T-E method. This four part process – which includes identifying Victory, Other, Tactics and Expectations – has actually been used for years by actors as they prepare their roles for the stage. Surprisingly, this tried and true method for thespians can actually have a positive impact on your job search!

Here’s how to vote your way to your next career opportunity:

To employ the v-o-t-e method for job search prep, start with a blank piece of paper. Then, write out the four sections – victory, other, tactics and expectations – with enough room under each to write in details.


The “V” here stands for victory. In this case, your victory is your goal; what is the outcome you’re looking to achieve? Sure, you want to be hired by an employer, but this is the job seeker’s opportunity to really self reflect. What type of role are you looking for? Do you have other goals, such as ideal salary, benefits and other considerations? Start every application off right by clearly defining what you’re looking to achieve or, to borrow a phrase, what you would define as a “victory”.


In this section, it’s time to shift your focus to the “other” in the equation. For job seekers, this could mean the other person in the room – your interviewer! Is there going to be one person doing the interviewing, or will it be a panel? Do you know how many steps there are to the interview process? Have you prepared questions to ask at every stage? Finding a new job can be a very self reflective process, but paying attention to the people you interact with at every level can make a big difference. Not only will you be better prepared for what’s ahead, but the attention to detail will be appreciated by the team looking to hire their newest teammate.


Now that you’ve defined your goals and identified the people that will be involved in the process, it’s time to dig in on how to get there. Which application pieces do you need to complete in order to have success? Do you have a plan for preparing answers to potential interview questions, as well as practicing those responses out loud? What other elements, such as thank you cards, will you keep in mind in order to set yourself apart? Each opportunity might require a different mix of tactics, so be sure to clearly define what’s needed before each.


Finally, it’s time to spend some time setting your expectations. In the big picture of your career, where does this job opportunity fit? Are you interviewing for your dream job, or is the first stepping stone along a bigger path? What’s your plan of attack for moving forward if this one doesn’t pan out? The job search can be a difficult and lengthy process, so setting expectations and participating in honest self reflection can go a long way towards avoiding burnout.

Sure, maybe you’ve cast a ballot for your favorite political candidate before, but now’s your chance to vote your way to a new job. By identifying your victory, the others involved, the tactics needed for success and, after setting expectations appropriately, you’ll be better prepared to take the next steps in your career. What do you think of the v-o-t-e method for job search preparation? We’d love to hear your thoughts and other ideas for planning in the comment section below!

8 thoughts on “Vote Your Way to a New Job

  1. I am working for a plastics company in New Kensington, PA and have been there for about 3years. Have been looking for a better job since then with little or no luck at all. Most recently .,I have gone to a job fair that a major company was holding and interviewed that same night. A few days later, I received a call from them that they wanted to talk with me further, so I returned the call and due to the person not immediately answering the phone, I had left a message for them to call back. Now, I have been reaching out to this lady for the past few days and have not heard back. Has this happened to anyone? Hope to hear back about this.

  2. Hi Anthony! Waiting to hear back about a job opportunity can be a difficult time, but patience is often rewarded. First and foremost, it’s important to try and stick to any timelines outlined by the employer initially. As a general rule, a week is a safe amount of time to let things work their way through their hiring process. After that time, I would recommend using your resources to check back in – the contact number you have been provided, as well as any direct emails you can find on the website. It’s important to always be respectful and positive in all of your communication. Thanks for reading, and happy hunting!

  3. I enjoyed reading this article, was employed for 6 1/2yrs make a long story short I resigned, still looking and been although I was recently employed, I feel employer’s lose out a lot also in their interviewing process because they already have the person the whole time and know that but still won’t hire you and give you a chance makes no sense to me cause they still have to train the person their way every Co. is different and should have their way on doing things.

  4. Thank you for reading and sharing your story, Cherita! Every job opportunity is different, and it’s always important to research the role responsibilities and organization thoroughly to know how to focus your application materials and interview responses.

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