Everyone facing a job search finds themselves experiencing ups and downs. In this tutorial, Lida gives helpful tips for staying focused and positive throughout your job search. Every time you answer the phone or compose an email – be sure to smile. People want to speak and interact with others who are confident and upbeat.
- Searching for a job can be frustrating without question. For some people, they are looking in the wrong industry, community, or companies. For other job seekers, their resume, industries, and skills align beautifully, but they still get more rejection letters than interviews. An effective job search should include much more than just sending resumes and cover letters. More than filling out online job posts and stalking hiring managers at meetings. An effective job search means making yourself relevant and findable to potential employers.
While you might be feeling disappointed if the process doesn't go as fast as you like, there are some things you can do to stay positive during the job search. For instance, every time you answer the phone or respond to an email, smile. You might feel sad and frustrated inside, but now's not the time to show it. Put on a smile, get your energy level to a high place, and respond to messages from a position of confidence. I know this is hard to do, but it's really important.
People want to speak to people who are upbeat and confident. You can make finding a job your job. You can't give this effort half your attention. You have to make it really important. So, every morning, you're going to get up, and you're going to get to work on the computer, or you're going to go out and meet with people and do research, and send thank-you notes. You also need to get very clear on what the hiring managers need from you. As you look through their websites and you talk to people you know, ask questions that will help you to understand what makes that hiring manager tick.
Does that hiring manager like applicants who come to the interview with lots of questions? Talk to your friends who might have interviewed with that company. What helped them get the job, and what did they miss that might have cost them an opportunity? You'll also want to get networked in ahead of time. The internet makes it so simple to find out about the company and their hiring practices. You can look on LinkedIn, or search through the company website to see what their programs or initiatives are, and find the ones that interest you.
You can look at their employee list, and see if any of your friends or contacts already work there. Maybe you introduce yourself in an email in advance of sending your resume. Try to get an understanding of the company culture, so you can mention it in your interview. You'll want to focus on consistency, not perfection. It's really important that you represent yourself authentically at all times. Trying to be someone you're not never works. While you're focused on staying focused, give yourself time to breathe.
Every once in a while, take a long walk, go for a run, meet up with friends, and get away from your computer. Keep your sleep patterns and your diet in check, too. This will help keep your frustration low. It'll help you maintain your focus, and ensure that you are ready when the interview call comes in.
Personal branding expert Lida Citroën shows you how to present yourself to employers in the best light, from your resume to your social media presence, to your interview attire. Lida also shares best practices for finding and applying to jobs, and setting yourself up for success before graduation. She helps you understand how to use social media strategically to network with future coworkers and mentors, and research the companies you really want to work for. Her advice is focused on helping you find a good fit with an employer that matches your passion, salary requirements, and values.
- Selling "you" and building your brand
- Leveraging an internship
- Finding your network
- Identifying your ideal employer
- Finding jobs online and in person
- Competing with others
- Writing resumes and cover letters
- Acing the interview