Being nervous during interviews happens to most people. Why? Because we tend to focus too much on what the outcome might be (read: I won’t get the job) that we forget to be in the moment. And that feeds our nervousness. But what we are really doing is becoming our very own saboteur. When you are so distracted by outcomes and not investing your energy into the conversation taking place at that instant, then THAT is actually where you lose control and fail. Instead, try to think about an interview in these terms: Imagine that the interviewer is a celebrity
Yesterday on The Savvy Intern we featured “10 Ways to Build a Perfect Personal Brand” from our friends at Levo League – an excellent tutorial on how to deliver a highly-effective brand to potential employers, customers and influencers.
And yet we heard from many young careerists: “I’m not even sure what my ‘brand’ is!” and “This is great, but I don’t know what I’m selling yet”…
Today, you are expected to not just do the job – but to do the job incredibly well while improving existing processes, leading teams, and creating innovative solutions… all while fitting into the existing culture.
And to do that employers want you to possess certain skills – soft skills, specifically – that make you instantly employable. But what skills, exactly, are they looking for?
How you present yourself on social media and the Interwebs – from creating a logo and oh-so-snazzy website to establishing a consistent image – is critically important, because it can mean the difference between getting that new job, acquiring a new customer and meeting that high-profile influencer… or not.
But other than creating a catch profile and getting that smiley-yet-professional headshot, how do you get started?
You are a recent or soon-to-be college graduate entering the workforce… and you’re finding the “entering” part to be more challenging than you ever expected.
Why? Because employers have never been more demanding… which makes “The Student Employment Gap” very real. Consider these facts on employability…
The issue with the generic self-introduction so common on social media: No one ever knows how he might define fast-learning. And no one ever knows what kind of problems he solved. Yes, employers definitely need people to solve problems, but in today’s job market…
To be impressed, job seekers must provide context, social proof and, most important, focus.