Huntsman Post

Stephen Covey shares the secret to landing a job in today’s economy

By Jenna Jardine

One of the world’s most sought-after authors and consultants gave Utah State University students some advice during Business Week that he feared many of them would ignore.

Stephen R. Covey reviews a PowerPoint presentation as he speaks to a full house in the Performance Hall. - Photo by Steve Eaton

“If you’re looking for a job, research the organization in depth: their customers, their suppliers, their associates, all their business partners,” Stephen R. Covey said. “And then, be a solution to a problem that they have, and I’ll guarantee you that you’ll get a job.”

Dr. Covey said, in his experience, if he gives this advice to 15 people, only two will heed it because most won’t be willing to pay the price.

“Follow this formula, and I guarantee you’ll get a job,” he said. “Just remember that: be a solution to a problem.”

In addition to focusing on some of the principles in Dr. Covey’s latest book, Great Work, Great Career, that he co-authored with Jennifer Colosimo, Dr. Covey took time to review some of the basics he taught in his best-selling book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

“The Great Work, Great Career approach is basically to be a solution to a problem and not another problem for the HR department,” said Dr. Covey. “Learn to research organizations, to understand what their needs and their problems and their issues are and then bring a marriage between your talent and passion and those needs.”

Dr. Covey joined the Huntsman School’s faculty in February of 2010 when he became the Jon M. Huntsman Professor of Leadership.

“If I were a general manager of a baseball team, I’d say that we had a pretty good team on the field already,” Douglas D. Anderson, dean of the Huntsman School, said when introducing him. “But with Stephen, we got a franchise player and an opportunity to go for the pennant.”

Stephen R. Covey spoke to faculty leaders just before his Business Week presentation. - Photo by Steve Eaton