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Recently I was working with a career coaching client, Bonnie. I met her at a presentation I gave on “The Hidden Job Market”. At the presentation I noticed that there were a lot of people who were very positive and optimistic, and then there were a few people who I call “Negative Nellies”. They came up to me before my speech with concerns such as, “I’m not getting anywhere with my search”, “Employers won’t look at me”, “I don’t have transferable skills” or “I’ve been out of the workforce for so long that I’m unemployable”.
These feelings of being discouraged were palpable and I felt for them. After the event something funny happened…those same people who were discouraged at the beginning came up to me at the end of my presentation and every single one of them had a new idea about how to present themselves differently. One person even said, “I know the CEO of the company where I’m applying for a job. I just haven’t followed up with him again.”
These are prime examples of how negative energy can affect your search for your dream job. It makes you feel isolated, and you continue to think inside the box, to the point where opportunities or ideas could be staring you in the face but you wouldn’t see them.
The flip side of this is my client Bonnie, who I mentioned before. Bonnie had a liver transplant several years ago. It was a risky surgery and she said that the chances of her body rejecting the liver were very high, but that didn’t happen to her. She was sitting right in front of me; despite being unemployed for a long time, and having great restrictions on her employment opportunities because of her health issues, she was the MOST positive person I’ve ever met. Every email I get from her is positive, upbeat and she is uncovering opportunities left and right in her job search. I am floored and inspired by Bonnie
I think we can all learn a lesson from Bonnie. We have so much to look forward to and be positive about. Try to stay positive and motivated like Bonnie in your job search. I will never forget meeting her, thanks Bonnie.
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With the competitive job market and high unemployment rates being talked about in the news everywhere, it can be intimidating to know where to begin your job search. Here is an ABC article that can help you determine which industries to look into in 2011: 2010: A Year in an Unstable Job Market.
While looking for a job in a more stable industry can be a positive thing, it’s still very important to find something that is going to be a fit for you. Remember, you spend the majority of your time at work. When looking for your ideal career you need to take a lot of factors into consideration. The fact that something is more stable during a tough economy can be a pro and something you want out of a job, however you shouldn’t settle on a job based on that sole factor. Make sure that you consider all the things that you are looking for in a job (flexibility, salary, hours, location, skill set, environment, etc).
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When preparing for an interview, most people focus on the questions that might be asked of them and how they will answer. But another key element of a job interview should also be questioning the interviewer themselves.
Why would you interview the interviewer? First, it's as important to you as it is to your potential employer. You need to know if the job is a good fit for your skills, talents and work style. Second, if there is an ideal work situation that you envision for yourself, now is the time to find out if this is that kind of place. Third, if you were dissatisfied with your last job, you can learn if things will be the same in this new place. Now is the time to ask questions, and find out the answers you seek!
So the person who is doing the hiring has finished giving you the full drill. Now it's your turn. What do you want to know? Let me offer some advice that I typically give my career coaching clients. Here are five key questions to ask:
Question #1: Can you describe the work environment?
If possible, find out how many people you'll be reporting to. Ask if you can be introduced to your future boss if you haven't already. Find out how many people make up the immediate department and in what ways will you be interacting with them. Try to open up a conversation about the general "scene" of the workplace, and the company culture… what is a typical day in the life of someone who holds this position? Ask your interviewer that question too!
Question #2: What types of responsibilities will be expected of me?
Beware of open-ended job titles which can involve pretty much anything. You might be under the impression that the "marketing coordinator" does things like run and analyze reports, manage advertising campaigns and things of that nature. Then later on, you discover that your job responsibilities include proofreading and setting up meetings, neither of which you enjoy or excel at! Find out the details before you make a decision.
Question #3: Is there potential for growth?
Many companies have what is known as the "glass ceiling" – where you have just a few opportunities to advance professionally, and then suddenly you hit a barrier and can't go any higher. It's one thing to receive a pay raise every year. But if you're forever stuck in the same job with the same duties, it may not be worth making the commitment. Find out whether the company you're interested in offers training programs for future leadership positions. Ask if there are openings in areas where you can develop valuable skills that you can "take with you" on the path of career development.
Question #4: Can you tell me about employee benefits, sick day policy, vacations and such?
This one should be saved for the second interview, assuming there will be one. Some employers find it off-putting when potentials seem overly eager about taking vacation before they're even hired. Nevertheless, these are all legitimate questions that are important when weighing your options between different potentially rewarding jobs.
Question #5: Will there be any travel involved?
To some people, travel is a rewarding aspect of their career. But to others, things like being in an unfamiliar city and managing your time between flights, hotel check-ins, conferences and trade shows can be very stressful. So find out ahead of time: how much travel, if any, will be involved and under what circumstances? Do you find travel a stimulating part of doing business? Great. But if you think that travel could negatively impact your job performance, don't accept the offer no matter how enticing the pay. There's a better fit out there for you!
Many people go into the interview hoping and praying the company thinks they're the right person for the job. But they are forgetting that it's just as important to find out, "Is this job the right one for me?" Better to learn the answer up front. Remember – a job interview is a two-way street. Make the most of yours.
All the best for a rewarding and fulfilling career doing what you love!
I came across this video from Job Link Career Center on how to succeed at your next career fair and some dos and don’ts – press play to watch it below:
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