Given that, how do you find a job? If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, or following me on Twitter, you know I advocate networking as the best way to land an interview. But how should you develop a network of contacts? Here are easy steps…
One of the leading experts is Michael Farr when it comes to information on writing resumes, cover letters, and interviewing. With 25 years of experience, he has several common sense, easy to follow how-to books to guide any job seeker to a successful outcome. Most libraries carry his books, so if money is tight, you don’t have to spend a dime preparing yourself for the workforce. Below, I’ve picked a few of his tips from The Resume and Cover Letter Book (Fifth Edition, 2011) to pass along to you:
A writer at The Washington Post, wanted to test peoples perception. He asked a world renowned violinist to performincognitoin a D.C. busy train station one morning as thousands of commuters rushed by.
Only a few actually stopped to listen, but no one recognized him or his exceptional talent and his $3.5 million Stradivarius. At the end of his 45 minute free concert, he made only $32. The talented violinist was Joshua Bell, who had played to a sold-out concert just two days before at $100 per seat!
Below are important items:
1.) Resumes-Carry extra copies. This is in case you are put before a panel of interviewers and someone hasn’t been provided a copy. It also shows youre prepared for anything.
2.) Letters of Recommendation-Carry letters that are relevant to the job for which you are interviewing. Present them if requested, never include with an application, or cover letter and resume, unless asked. Its a good idea to call the people who wrote the letters ahead of time, let them know you have an interview. This gives them a heads-up someone might be calling about you.
“Do a consistent job of pretending you feel capable and charismatic and you’ll convince everyone, even yourself, that you’ve got things under control,” states Jason Selk, Ed.D., director of mental training for the 2011 World Series–winning St. Louis Cardinals and author of Executive Toughness.
Confidence (being self-assured) is valued in our American culture. Without it, you’ll find succeeding in college, career, and other aspects of life difficult.
Below are simple tips to help you gain greater confidence at school, during an interview, and at work.
Many people in the workforce have medical conditions that require medication, doctors visits for monitoring, and personal vigilance to keep problems under control. But for the vast majority, their health issues dont directly affect the quality of their work. So, why is it that employers sometimes discriminate against people? Most likely its fear and ignorance. What should job seekers disclose?
Here are a few tips Ive condensed from On The Job, by Marcia Levine Mazzur, to help job seekers and those employed, to protect against this type of employment discrimination:
It pays to do your homework before going to an interviewknow what questions might be asked.
In Readers Digest, Michelle Crouch listed the following, (my comments in italics):
1.) Will you tell me about a time you had to work with someone you did not personally like? They want to know how you amicably resolved this issue; did you openly discuss the problem with your coworker or boss, or put up a good front by finding something you could like about them?