When I graduated with my masters in marketing last spring, I accepted a position with a company in Miami. I had interned with the company during my last semester, my bosses had admired my entrepreneurial spirit and social media skills, and when I finished school, I got the job.
Naturally, I was hesitant about moving from Tallahassee and about leaving my family, my boo, and my business, but I wanted a life outside of the food truck. And, my boyfriend (now fiancé) and I had been talking about expanding the brand to south Florida anyway, so we saw the move as a great opportunity to scope out the competition and gauge whether the truck would be a good fit.
Well, as it turned out, the job wasn’t a good fit. And 78 days into the position, 12 days away from health-insurance eligibility, I was fired. I was escorted outside where I gave up my garage key and the CEO wished me the best. I was humiliated and kept saying “I left everything for this company. I have nothing here.” And I was facing unemployment without any family, friends, or income to lean on.
(MoneyWatch) I wonder how many people practice their job interviews before going to them? If you have someone you trust, beg them to walk you through some of the typical questions you can anticipate. And then give them this list and make them stop you if you fall into any of these traps:
1. Don’t oversell. Claiming you’ve done everything, seen everything and invented everything doesn’t convince anyone. Be straight, honest and clear about how you’ve contributed to the organizations you have worked for.
2. Don’t undersell. One reference to your great team is enough. Everyone appreciates that nobody achieves alone.
3. Don’t assume everyone understands your past job titles. Explain nuts and bolts quickly and clearly.
4. Don’t lie. This should go without saying but it’s important. Many people lie in interviews unintentionally, because they get carried away. Even if you get the job, you’ll be scared the whole time you do it. So don’t lie. Ever.
5. Don’t talk too much. Listen very carefully and, where relevant, ask questions that stem from what you’ve heard. Show interest but not desperation.
6. If you’re working through a headhunter, remember they have a job to do too. Help them if you want them to help you. Recommend candidates if you can; generosity always makes you look good. Treat headhunters as partners even if (in truth) they aren’t
7. Always rehearse. Sure you can walk through the interview in your head, but hearing how you sound out loud gives you a whole new perspective.
By properly preparing for an interview—doing your research, waking up early, dressing appropriately—you should walk out your door the morning of feeling unstoppable. But what happens when you hit a snag en route?
A worst-case scenario like getting stuck in traffic or spilling coffee on your suit may threaten to throw you off your game entirely. But instead of panicking, remember these tools and tips to remedy any pre-interview nightmares. No matter what you encounter, you can arrive feeling like the problem-solver you are.
- Get Familiar With The LinkedIn Sitemap – Visit often. Get to know LinkedIn. It could prove invaluable to you, your career, your business, your bank account. Review the accounts and settings.
- Complete Your Profile – This is the beginning of beginnings. Help yourself get found by completing a professional-level profile.
- Invite Your Friends – To get the most power out of LinkedIn, surround yourself with your friends. The more friends who really know you and connect with you on LinkedIn, the greater your chances of increasing the odds that you’ll benefit from working LinkedIn
- Use Up All Your Introductions – To me, LinkedIn’s real power resides in introductions. Without using introductions, you miss out on LinkedIn’s real power. Don’t let your introductions go to waste – use them, today
- Study other profiles. – Study those that make you feel that they could professionally represent you and the way you’d like for people to perceive you. For example, your home represents a lot of things about you and your beliefs. But, the things in your home have been greatly influenced by a huge variety of other homes you’ve seen starting from infancy to adolescence to young adulthood to your full maturity. Seek out those profiles that represent you at this stage of your professional development and learn from them how you might go about best expressing your own work history, accomplishments, education, aspirations, etc
- ASK Questions – How can your network help you? Is there something that you want to know? Ask a question?
- Get Recommendations -This is third party validation of who you are and the work that you do and have done. Get recommendations from people who can comfortably and legitimately talk about you, your work, your integrity, your energy, your skills.
- Join LinkedIn Groups – Groups on LinkedIn Groups are a powerful resource in extending your reach or start your own group to increase your influence.
- Search, Search, Search – There is no limit to the amount of searching a LinkedIn member can do. And, therefore, there is no limit to the value that a member can get out of searching on LinkedIn. So, for me, its value is limited only by our imagination and the time we spend in searching for the people, companies, and/or jobs we need.
- Get started today and schedule 1 hour a week to spend time on LinkedIn.
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Sadly, you probably do in this economy.
Unfortunately, we live in an economy right now with a high unemployment rate. I live in West Virginia, so I’ve watched a lot of people I know get laid off and then have to take on the daunting task of trying to find work. This may sound easy to some people, but it can be a whole lot tougher than you would think.
Some people have no options at all and will take anything they can come by. Even though they’re willing to work for minimum wage, they still find it extremely difficult to land a job. Therefore, you can only imagine how rough it is for some people out there that was making upwards of $20 per hour and they want to find a job that pays in that general area. Sadly, that’s usually not going to happen for them and they will have to settle with anything they can get to pay their bills, take care of their families, etc…
I’m going to give you some tips on how to find a job and hopefully I will help some of you out. If I do, please let me know by leaving a comment below. I’d really like to know if I’ve helped someone out. 🙂 Also, if you have any other job tips or just want to talk about the poor economy in general, I’m all ears.
10 Tips on How to Find a Job:
#1: Do What You Have to Do
If you’re in need of a job in order to make ends meet, you better get ready to work some crappy jobs that you don’t want to work at. You should be open to working anywhere you possibly can, because you never know when another chance for employment is going to pop up. Even if it’s not in your field, you can work at a job out of your field until something in your field pops up. So, keep an eye out for job openings even if you’re already employed.
#2: Get Off the Internet
A lot of people will only look on the Internet for jobs, but the truth is that it’s really hard to land a job you’ve found online. You’re basically tossing your name into a hat with tons of other people that saw the same ad as you. Instead of doing this, you should try to make the search a little more personal. Ask your friends and families if they know of any places that are currently hiring. Sometimes, your friends or family members will know someone that works at the place that is hiring and a referral like that is a good way to get your foot into the door.
#3: Let’s Get Personal
If you fill out a job application and you haven’t heard anything for a few days, you should call in to check out the status of your application. A lot of people do not do this, so you’re going to stand out. When they do get a chance to look over your application, they’re going to remember your name and they will remember the fact that you cared enough to call in about the position. Trust me, this will help you. If you call in and haven’t heard from them for another few days, you shouldn’t be afraid of calling in once more. What do you have to lose; right?
Read more at http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/10-tips-on-how-to-find-a-job-0316604#3bm5h52iuDyiLtcM.99
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