In his book Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters, Jay Conrad Levinson suggests that getting the job you want is not a matter of luck, connections or the best résumé. “At the core of every job search lies one individual who will determine your success: You.” Here are some tips for creating your own job-hunting success.
- Tune up your attitude. Keep your focus on how you can add value to the organization. Self-assess to get clear on what you want and what you have to offer.
- Research. This is critical! Research the industry and companies. Know the needs and goals.
- Target your networking. Don’t wait for others to refer your name; make the introduction yourself after speaking to current and past employees or industry colleagues.
- Prepare for your interview. Anticipate questions, prepare your responses. Keep the focus on how your skills and experience will solve problems.
- Listen more than talk. Ask thoughtful, powerful questions that show you know the industry/company/department and its needs.
- Return to the value proposition. Keep conversations coming back to the company’s goals and how you can contribute to them.
- Look to your body language. Have an “open” posture. Lean forward, make eye contact and smile naturally. This language speaks volumes.
- Ask to do a demonstration. Come in for a day, or work briefly as an independent contractor or consultant. Sometimes it’s better to show than just tell.
- Cultivate a can-do attitude. Show past work examples of being a problem-solver and a smart worker.
- Send a thank-you note. Make sure it’s personal and interesting. Handwritten is a bonus.
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