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Every positive as well as negative experience throughout your job search represents a chance to grow and learn. We can use this great athlete’s story as an analogy. Michael Jordan was told by his high school coach that he was not good enough to play High School Basketball. He did not let someone else’s opinion of him become his reality. He practiced harder and more than other players and went on to become one of the greatest basketball players in history.
Are you letting the opinions of others limit your job search? Just because one hiring authority rejects you does not mean another one won’t hire you for the exact same type of opportunity. Employers hire individuals who they like, will fit in with their current team and culture and can perform the responsibilities of the job. It is not always the most qualified person who gets hired; it is often the person who clicks well with the hiring authority.
Review your experiences throughout your job search and learn from them – don’t let them limit your goals, thinking or expectations!
Being unemployed can be a challenging chapter of your life, but there are things you can do to stay financially and mentally sound including the following:
Cut Unnecessary Spending from Your Budget
Think of what you MUST spend money on vs. what you WANT to spend money on
Create a New Budget
Call utilities to see if you qualify for discounted rates, call your insurance companies and see if you are eligible for any discounts, utilize coupons and shop at stores known for cheaper prices
Update Your Resume
If you are not scheduling interviews, it could be that your resume is causing you to be screened out
Update Your Social Media Profiles Often
View your sites as if you were a potential employer reading the content and viewing the pictures
Assess the Direction of Your Career
If you did not “love” your last job, research other industries you might enjoy or positions that would be a better fit
Realize Finding a New Job is Your Full-Time Job
Dedicate a minimum of 35 hours a week to your job search activities
Add to your Personal and Professional Networks Daily
You never know who will make the introduction that could result in your next career opportunity
Learn New Skills
Focus on skills that will improve your marketability
Develop a Healthy Life Style
You are in a stressful situation which makes it more important than ever to focus on Healthy Habits
Don’t Get Discouraged
Learn from your mistakes, complete our Job Search Process and participate on the LIVE weekly calls. Sign up for these calls at www.thrpartnerscareercenter.com.
The interview process can be extremely frustrating when days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. The average hiring process is currently 5 – 7 weeks for direct positions. This can be extremely frustrating when you are interviewed at the beginning of the interview process, or when unexpected delays can add additional time until a decision is reached.
Consider for a moment the actions that must be taken before an offer is extended. A Job Description is written, a budget is set for the compensation package, the job is posted internally, resources are utilized to identify potential candidates, often the job is listed on websites or job boards, resumes are reviewed, initial interviews are scheduled, references are checked, subsequent interviews are scheduled, often assessment tests are administered, background or credit checks are conducted, final interviews are conducted and then an offer is extended.
There are times when priorities change and the hire is put on a back burner which delays the interview process. There are times when the company determines they will not fill the open position. There are times when a currently employee refers someone for the job and does their best to make sure their referral is hired. There is always competition for any opportunity you are pursuing.
It is for these reasons that you must actively conduct your job search, even if you are anticipating a job offer. Scheduling interviews should be your primary focus, whether they are job interviews or informational interviews. As you increase the number of interviews you schedule, you also increase the likelihood that you will receive more than one job offer.
If you want to improve your networking efforts, it is important to learn how to work a room or event. Each time you find yourself in a group setting, there are endless networking opportunities. The following offers answers to common questions being asked by job seekers:
Question: HOW TO I APPROACH PEOPLE?
Answer: Approach people who are standing alone or in a smaller group. Smile and ask if you can join them and comment on something you have in common.
Question: HOW DO I BECOME MEMORABLE?
Answer: It’s important to be lighthearted, fun and share interesting stories. You should be energetic, a great listener and engaging.
Question: HOW CAN I BE MORE SELF-CONFIDENT?
Answer: Your self-confidence will increase if you feel you have prepared. Read the paper, magazines, trade publications and have three to five stories, news comments or
questions you will ask prepared in advance. The more you practice having casual conversations, the more confident you will become.
Question: HOW CAN I OVERCOME MY SHYNESS?
Answer: It is comforting to know that over 90% of people describe themselves as shy,
especially in a networking situation. Observe the behavior and conversations of outgoing people you admire. Consider joining a book club or toastmasters to overcome your shyness.
Question: HOW DO I MOVE FROM SMALL TALK?
Answer: Small talk is how you begin to develop rapport and is most important in
networking. Let the other person talk about themselves and they will like you more
and be more apt to add you to their network when the conversation turns to more
Question: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET A BUSINESS CARD?
Answer: Offer your business card and then ask “Do you have a card?” If you are a full
time job seeker your card should list your contact information on the front and list facts
on the back about your experience and accomplishments.
Networking is not different than any skills. You will learn how to work a room and become a great networker with practice.
Throughout your job search you want to enhance your skills. Employers prefer to hire individuals who have committed to a lifetime of learning.
Five of the most desirable skills include the following:
- Effective written and verbal communication – The documentation and correspondence you utilize throughout your job search, is often a potential employers first impression of your communication skills. Each conversation provides insight in to your verbal communication abilities. You must be able to communicate why you will provide a greater return on their investment than your competition.
- Technology – Most job openings will require computer literacy, the ability to navigate the Internet and exposure to basic office equipment. These skills do not mandate an IT Degree, but rather knowing the basic principles of using current technology.
- Interpersonal Skills - Most jobs involve interaction with many different kinds of people who have varying personalities, backgrounds, nationalities and abilities. Employers want to hire individuals who possess the skills of working successfully with people at all levels and backgrounds.
- Logical Thinking and Common Sense - Employers value individuals who have the ability to make sensible solutions.
- Organizational Abilities – Many businesses regard the ability to handle and organize information to produce effective solutions as one of the top skills they want to hire.
These abilities should be stressed during employment interviews as they relate to each specific opportunity. It is important to upgrade your abilities and skills in these five areas throughout your entire career.