Guest Author: Joe Flanagan One of the most difficult aspects of finding a job for the first time is the catch 22 situation that you have no work experience. It’s a burden on millions of young job seekers but there are ways to window dress your resume to get that job. 1) Think about your extra-curricular activities Life doesn’t start […]
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Guest Author: JobTonic.com – job search site. Only actual vacancies in the USA available for you.
Maybe you’ve found yourself suddenly unemployed, or perhaps you’ve got the itch to change employment. When you’re trying to find a new career, it can be intimidating to think of yourself “on the job market.” Fortunately, you’ve got a powerful, proven resource you can use: your professional network. Here’s why networking simply works when looking a job.
Why Networking is the Best Way to Find a Job
It’s not just professional wisdom, it’s a hard fact: networking is the best way to find a job. The reasons why include:
- Job listings often lead to large piles of applicants; knowing someone is a way to rise to the top of the pile:
- Some of the best jobs are never listed publicly:
- Friendships count; people simply prefer to hire people they already know and like.
But how big is your professional network? You’d be surprised.
Your Network is Larger Than You Think
Author: Carole Martin
That first impression can be a great beginning, or a quick ending to your interview. Three areas of performance, that should be considered dangerous and deadly:
1. Poor non-verbal communication image
- Show confidence by believing in yourself and showing it. (head held high – shoulders back)
- Good eye contact is essential. (Note the color of the interviewer’s eyes.)
- Connect with a good, firm handshake. (No limp noodles or bone crushers wanted)
- Posture is a key indicator of confidence. Sit and stand erect. (Slumping = lazy attitude.)
Guest Author: Carole Martin, The Interview Coach
The absolute worst way to go to an interview is with the attitude of: “Please, please – hire me.”
When you go to an interview with that attitude you appear desperate. And even though you actually may be desperate in a difficult job market, you don’t want to appear that way.
The demeanor and attitude that you bring to the interview will set the tone for the entire interview.
Let’s look at it from the employer’s/interviewer’s point of view.
You are the employer and are seeking a solution to a problem. Your best sales person has just left and you have no one to cover the territory. You are hoping that you can find some who is capable to help you solve this problem. You are tired of interviewing candidates who seem to fall short. You would like to find a good person who can do the job and take over the problem. This will allow you to get back to your job to get on with your work.
And one afternoon a candidate walks in who appears to be confident, has a lot of energy, and who seems to understand your problem. This candidate is very personable and has a great attitude toward the type of situation you need to be filled. There is a real connection between the two of you. He “gets you.”
The more questions you ask this candidate the more excited you become about his qualifications. He presents himself with confidence. He doesn’t just say he’s good at closing sales, he gives great examples of times when he not only closed sales – but he exceeded expectations.