You’ve climbed to the top of the heap. Out of the 100+ applications received, you are one of the two or three candidates being considered for a great job.
And now that you’ve gotten this far, you need to know: What exactly is that “magic ingredient” that tips the scales in your favor over the other candidates?
There are many things that can trip you up in the job search. They’ll cause you to get frustrated, lose heart, and maybe want to give up.
But most are avoidable if you put some forethought and planning into the process.
The university I attended was large, but a few years removed from college I still feel a common bond and sense of purpose whenever I meet a fellow alum.
For students and grads, those alumni connections provide even more value: alumni connections are an important resource that will accelerate your networking, learning and career opportunities:
No doubt: networking is one of your best job search and career building tools.
But for job seekers who aren’t networking pros, the whole thing can feel pretty scary. After all, there are lots of ways to screw up relationships of any kind – especially the professional variety. Particularly vulnerable to failure: those new contacts we meet at meet-ups, events, conferences, and even on airplanes and at Starbucks…
Based on Steven Covey’s classic book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” our friend Daisy Wright created this impactful infographic, which shows the traits closely associated with job seekers who routinely enjoy career success. As Daisy says: “These principles…are not quick-fixes for one’s job search or career, nor are they all-inclusive. However, they can be used…to measure one’s commitment to personal and professional development.” Well said, Daisy. Well said. Spend a little time reading the infographic, and then ask yourself: “How many of these habits do I consistently demonstrate to my peers, network and potential employers?”