One of the hardest parts about looking for a new job is the need to promote yourself - especially since people often feel they have to brag, when in most other social encounters we're taught not to brag. The standard job search advice tells you that "you've got to sell yourself" and "you have to toot your own horn." One job seeker spoke for a lot of us when she said, "What are you supposed to do when you don't want to sound like you think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread?" Here are three answers to that question.
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There's nothing like an attack of nerves to ruin a job interview. Even if you're confident that you're the best fit for the position, once your nerves hit, your chances of landing the job can crumble. And if you think a great resume makes you a shoo-in, you're mistaken. You have to have the interview presentation to back up your experience. If you seem nervous when you're on the spot, the interviewer will assume that you don't handle stress well and that you aren't the best person for the job - even if you are.
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 have positioned yourself well since graduating high school. You got solid grades in college, scored the internship of your dreams, and gleaned enough experience to create a masterpiece: your resume. As the years have passed and jobs have come and gone, you’ve continued adding to the original document, bringing it to its current state. Which, if we’re being honest, may not be as impressive as it once was.
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