While in the market for a new job, research and your information literacy skills are essential. Knowing the background of the company you intend to work for can certainly bring major advantages. This concept is like “knowing your audience.” Sometimes, you might even find out things you don’t even like about the company.
Permission to speak freely, let me start off by saying that leveraging, shouldn’t be analogous to blackmailing. Lol. I wouldn’t recommend you to start digging up information and just waltz into the managers office demanding a job. It’s not going to work out like that. Then again, everyone and everything is on the internet these days…but I digress. That would be immoral.
Anyways, at the end of every interview, in the corporate world, many times the hiring manager would ask “Do you have any final questions for me?” Your answer should always be yes. I’ve done this time and time again. Putting that extra edge into your application always works. And this is where your information literacy skills come in, to take all it’s glory. Ask the hiring manager more about the company, current events, management inquires, etc. Whatever the case, by asking those final questions it would display that you are more than just brain dead and interested in looking for a pay check; but rather more interested in investing and assimilating into that company.
Furthermore, in general, using information literacy skills as leverage can not only be useful in the job market, but also in how we treat and interact with people. That’s what truly makes us all adaptable and diverse, as human beings. During nursing school, we are often taught to “take off our glasses,” learn more about our own personal perspectives, and then diversify our knowledge about different cultures, practices, religions, foods, etc. As a result, it allows us to transform into becoming better health care providers and ultimately build more successful therapeutic relationships.
A great example would be a scene from the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” During the scene, Shia Labeouf’s character offers the Chinese businessmen a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label. At the end of the scene, his character quotes, “their culture is as much about manners, as it is about business.” #Leverage. #Know your audience.