You now have a clear idea of your personal strengths and weaknesses.
This is a critical step for any job seeker. Fact is, very few are this self-aware. They go in guns-a-blazin’ thinking they are hot sh*t – and, instead, find out they are a hot mess. They have no clue how their strengths will help solve the problem faced by the employer; they have no idea how badly their weaknesses will negatively impact their candidacy…
A recent Forbes article offered the same, worn “rules” on what to do if you haven’t heard from the company after an interview.
I have a different rule that applies: It’s called the “Promised Time + One Business Day Rule”. And if applied with confidence, gusto, and a wee little bit of verve, applying this rule should at the very least garner a response from the company.
Many people dread social situations… parties, and family gatherings, particularly those with people they don’t know or whom they haven’t seen for a while. It’s perhaps even worse to face these situations during a job search. Elevator pitches, job interviews, networking events can be very stressful; especially so when you don’t feel sure of yourself.
In the past, many of us practiced a theory of confidence-building we called “fake it till you make it.” But, now, research show us that there’s a much easier way and more effective way to build your confidence!
The possibility exists that one of the stereotypes about Gen Y professionals – the one where we want to start our careers at our dream job rather than working our way up to it – may be true… at least a little. When searching for our first few jobs out of college, including that seemingly elusive first position, maybe we should focus more on issues such as potential for growth, flexibility, style of management and the work environment? Instead of chasing after our version of that dream job our entire careers, maybe we should focus more on finding a role