“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” – Denis Waitley
On this wonderful Friday, we wanted to share some inspirational words with you. We know the job search becomes overwhelming at times. It may seem that a job offer will never come, but don’t be discouraged. Our quick tip for you is to keep your determination going, no matter how overwhelmed, discouraged, or stressed you may be! The greatest feeling is the accomplishment you feel when you have finally reached your goal, which in this case, is receiving a job offer.
Personal branding is an important aspect to your job search process. Your personal brand tells employers who you are and how you want others to perceive you. With social media being a top form of communication today, most employers use it to learn about a prospective employee. With that being said, it is important to keep your social media sites directed toward your personal brand.
We have a few points you should keep in consideration that will help when creating your personal brand.
- What makes you stand out?
- What unique qualities do you have that set you apart from everyone else?
- What are your goals?
- Where do you hope to be at in your career in one, five, and ten years?
- How do you want others to perceive you?
- Think about what you want to be known for. Keep this personal brand consistent throughout everything- your actions, behavior, attire, etc.
- What is your target market?
- Who are you trying to target your personal brand towards? This is important to distinguish because you want your personal brand to offer them what they need. Mutual interests will help your brand be successful.
Your appearance during an interview says a lot about the way you present yourself. Over the years, the standard attire and style for an interview has been tailored. Even though styles change, the word to keep in mind when picking interview attire is conservative.
You want to look your best to show the employer that you are committed. This does not mean that you have to be uncomfortable for an interview. You should choose attire that fits your body best. If not, you will be concentrating more on the way you look, rather than the interview. Choose something that flatters your body type. Feel good about yourself!
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Well-cut suit: dress shirt and tie
- Minimal cologne
- Well-groomed facial hair
- Business suit/slacks
- Skirt and blazer
- Tasteful makeup, jewelry, and hairstyle
All throughout March, we are providing you with a How To Series on interviewing. A job interview can be the make-or-break moment. It only takes 7 seconds for an employer to decide their initial impression of you during an interview. Since the interview is so important, we are sharing with you everything you need to be successful! Be sure to check this month for more about interviewing!
So, you have a job interview coming up. You’re excited, nervous, or maybe you don’t know what to expect? Here are three ways to help you feel prepared going into your interview.
- Have a game plan for your interview discussion.
- An interview is usually around 30 minutes. During the interview, provide information the employer could not find on your resume or elsewhere. It is important to express why you are there and what you have to offer. Employers look for this in candidates. Use your self-assessment to help demonstrate the skills and interests you have to offer to their company.
- Research the company you are interviewing for.
- Potential employers may ask the candidate about the company’s mission or goal. Knowing about the company can show the employer the dedication you possess and willingness you have to learn.
- Practice interview questions.
- Find a friend, family member, significant other, etc. and have them ask you possible interview questions. You can think of your own questions or find examples online. Either way, practicing your interview can reduce nerves and boost confidence.
Having good public speaking skills is important for everyone to have, especially those who are job searching. You must be able to communicate well to employers for interviews, whether phone or in person, and even once you do find a job. Speaking in public can seem intimidating at times. You may fear that you will make a mistake or mess up your sentence. Have no fear though, because these three tips will help improve you public speaking skills.
1. Practice, practice, practice. Practicing your speeches, interviews, etc. will help you become more comfortable with speaking in public. You will have more confidence knowing you are prepared for what you will say.
2. Slow down. When you speak in public and feel nervous, you might tend to start speaking fast. Words may collide with one another, which can cause you to make a mistake. Take a deep breath and take your time when speaking. You may feel as if you are speaking too slowly, but reassure yourself that you are not.
3. Make eye contact. Eye contact is important. You can tell a lot about a person by their eye contact. If you stay focused with your eyes and speak directly to the person, they will see that you are being honest and meaningful.
DMD & Associates would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! On this dedicated day to love, we would like to leave you with a career tip: “Do what you love, love what you do.” It has been said that the happiest people are those who enjoy their job the most.
Tip: Be sure to choose a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life.
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Everyone has one goal as adults: find a job and be successful. Whether you are a recent college graduate or in need of a new job, job seekers have found the difficulties in achieving this goal. According to The Atlantic, “53.6 percent of recent college grads are jobless or underemployed.” With a record breaking percentage such as this, it is important to be prepared when you are job searching. Spend your time wisely applying to jobs that are right for you, rather than applying to just any job. How do you know if a job is right for you? You will know when you see that the details of a job description are compatible to the traits and skills you possess. One way to ensure compatibility is by conducting a self-assessment. Great Jobs for Communications Majors provides a seven-step process to act as a guide:
1. Understanding your personal traits
Your personal traits are the words that describe you. Make a list of your personal traits, and then circle the ten that describe you the most. These are the ten personal traits you want to refer to when job searching. When your personal traits are utilized at work, your job experience can feel fulfilling.
2. Identifying your personal values
This is where you list your personal values that you consider to be important at a job, such as working conditions and values you believe to be important principles. Also, make note of working conditions you would not accept.
3. Calculating your economic needs
You need to find a job which offers a salary that fits your lifestyle. Make a realistic budget of your monthly expenses, multiply it by twelve months (monthly x 12), include taxes (yearly x 1.35), and this will give you an estimated yearly salary. Try to find areas to reduce spending if possible.
4. Exploring your longer-term goals
Spend time briefly listing the long-term goals you desire at this time.
5. Enumerating your skill base
Employers are interested in knowing which specific skills you possess, rather than general skills. Write a list of general skills you have. Take the list and re-write them, except provide a specific task that implies you are qualified. Demonstrate to employers that you are capable of succeeding with the requirements they request.
6. Recognizing your preferred skills
Take your list of skills and weigh them out. Which ones would you prefer to use more than others?
7. Assessing skills needing further development
Make a list of skills that you would like to acquire. Consider what specific tasks you can do in order to obtain these skills. This can help you potentially land a job you are interested in, yet may not have all the qualifications for it. It can also be a learning experience for you.
So the next time you are searching for a job, remember to take out your self-assessment. It will help you learn about yourself, save you time, and find a job that is compatible to the personal traits and skills you possess!
Strategies for successfully job searching at each stage of your life.
As Published in 008 Magazine
There are several factors that you must take into account when planning your job search, including your age. Through each stage of your life, you will need to change the way you search for jobs, the professional image you portray, and the format of your resume. Use these inside tips to job search in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.
The main goal for job searching in your 20s should be to gain as much experience as possible. You are at the stage in your career to explore the industry and occupation you like the most, and find opportunities to develop your skills and talents in this field. Start the job search early and use every opportunity to gain experience, including internships and volunteer work.
30s: Your Brand
You used the last decade to gain experience and develop your skills, now is the time to let them shine as you establish your personal brand. Focus long-term goals, searching for jobs that you can continue to grow.
40s: Your Impact
At this point in your career, you should look for opportunities that allow you to make an impact. When job searching, be certain your resume and interviews communicate your career progression and how you will use this to make a positive influence in the organization, proving to the employer why you are worth your salary.
50s: Continual Learning
The most important factor to showcase in your job search at this age is your willingness to learn. Employers can be weary of hiring individuals at this age, due to fear that you may not care to adapt to new trends and technologies. Let your resume do the talking by showcasing that fact that you learn quickly and have a history of adapting to new situations.
60s: Finding Meaning
In your 60’s it makes sense to look for career’s that take advantage of your wealth of knowledge. This is also a great time to check in and see if the opportunities have personal meaning and purpose. Your expertise in your industry makes you a perfect candidate for consulting or self-employment.