Jobs, like people, can possess a certain je ne sais quoi — an intangible but very real quality that sets them apart from others. For many people, that something can be the difference between a dream job and… well, just a job. The right role will challenge you, give you opportunities to grow, allow you to make a good living and help you achieve balance in life. Unfortunately, there might be something standing between you and your dream job, whether that’s three to five years of experience or just a basic knowledge of Photoshop.
You might be the most talented, experienced, and brilliant applicant your potential employer has ever met, but there's a chance those factors won't be enough to land your dream job. Even if you're perfectly qualified for a position and nail every interview question, you might not get the job if you're not dressed right for the occasion.
Everyone is special in their own way.We all apply unique abilities and knowledge to our jobs every day. Don't Be Generic! When job seekers create their resumes and cover letters, they sometimes describe themselves in very broad terms to try and appeal to a larger audience. However, this often can lead to downplaying their best qualities instead of highlighting them. Job seekers must keep in mind their key strengths are what will be used to compare them to other fine candidates.
Job hunting is tough and getting rejected for a job you really felt right for can be devastating. There are many reasons you might not get the job and some of them are in your power to change. Consider carefully what could have caused a company to go a different route and look for a better experience next time. You’re too Smart
In a highly competitive job market, scoring an interview with a hiring company can be an accomplishment in itself. Nice work! Now that you’ve secured the job interview, it’s time to prepare. In order to make your mark, you need to make yourself memorable — and for the right reasons. Being able to emphasize and communicate your best and most relevant skills is essential to winning the job you want.
So you had the big interview. You prepared well, had a great conversation, and are convinced you got the job. You go home and wait for the phone to ring. When it does not ring within 24 hours, you start to wonder what is going on? What IS Going On? If you interviewed early in the process, you are likely one of the first candidates to be considered. Companies rarely select a candidate without alternatives to compare to.
Your personal brand is a vivid indication of the best you have to offer – the performance, contributions, and value your next employer can expect from you. The brand you communicate marks your career reputation and is in some respects a promise. When you carry a personal brand, your unique promise of value precedes you and has far-reaching effects throughout your job search.
A colleague, himself a self-described introvert, asked me to list my top ten tips for introverts to compare with his own. Here's the list. 1. Be visible. Use social networking and conventional networking opportunities to ensure that you're on the radar screen of those who can help or hire you. 2. Use your preference for deep relationships to listen to others and position yourself as a resource, to make networking less uncomfortable and sometimes even enjoyable.