Do you enjoy job hunting, or do you dread it? For some, searching for a new job comes very naturally. However, for most professionals, it is a skill that can be learned. Last week, I shared the first 3 steps in doing an effective job search. You can listen to my podcast with Andrea Garson, Vice President of HR at Workopolis. This week, I will share the final 3 keys in getting the job you want.
1. Dress up, stand up & speak up! – Most companies do telephone interviews as the first part of their screening process. Wear an outfit you feel confident in, and stand up during the telephone session. You will act more confident when you dress professionally. Standing up for the call will give you energy, and studies show that you will even think more sharply when standing. Clarity and the right sound levels are critical from a potential employerâ€™s perspective.
Andreaâ€™s advice: â€œHow you dress has a direct impact on you first. When you dress professionally you actually sound more professional.â€
Action â€“ Lay out your clothes the night before you have your telephone interview, just like you would for a face-to-face interview. Make sure you are in a private area for your telephone interview.
2. Interviews are two-way conversation. – Most people put a lot of time and energy into getting prepared for their interview. Spend an equal amount of time researching what kinds of questions you would like to ask the potential employer.
Andreaâ€™s advice: â€œI always pay attention to the types of questions that candidates ask me. It can often give me greater and more accurate insight into the type of professional they are.â€
Action – Write down a list of 10 key things that you would like to discover from your prospective employer. What you discover can help you determine if the role is a good fit.
3. Always negotiate â€“ A majority of professionals struggle with this part. There are a number of different elements to negotiate. These include job title, salary, vacation, training & development etc. Remember it is not just what you ask for that is important, but also the way that you request the changes in your offer.
Andreaâ€™s advice: â€œI have never experienced a case where negotiation is not part of the hiring process.â€
Action â€“ Write a list of things you would like to negotiate. In your list, highlight the key elements that are most important to you. Be flexible on the others.
I asked Andrea about the â€˜elephant in the room.â€™ With all of the talk of crises, I was curious about what she was seeing in the current market. â€œEverything has a cycle. Companies may take a little more time and be more particular. In this new type of reality you need to be really prepared,â€ she said.
I think that Andrea has covered a few great points in her answer. My own experience has shown that there are new opportunities in all economic cycles. Warren Buffet has invested $10 billion in the last couple of weeks in two companies. He is not doing this because he feels sorry for those companies. Warren is investing because he sees opportunity in the current market. Like all great leaders, he doesnâ€™t make business decisions on the headlines of the day. He looks at the facts, not the â€œfear.â€
Andreaâ€™s final thought is about the current market and all the buzz around the condition of the economy and its effect on the companies plans –
â€œGreat companies are still hiring great people.â€
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