During an extended job search, it is easy to get depressed. This article will discuss strategies for staying up beat and for becoming employed more quickly.
Staying upbeat is important because a lack of self-confidence can be apparent not only during interviews, but also in cover letters and resumes. One discouraged job applicant, for example, had a Freudian Slip when he wrote in his cover letter, “Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.”
Innocent spelling errors also can lead to incorrect, negative impressions. Another job candidate, for example, wrote on his resume, “As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments.”
As in the first example, spellcheck will not catch errors such as these. Before sending off cover letters and resumes, job applicants must read and recite what is written on them, word for word.
Recommendations from past supervisors obviously are important for a job applicant. It does not bode well for a job applicant when a past supervisor says, “Since my last report this employee has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.” A supervisor more concerned about potential legal problems said, “You will be lucky if you can get this person to work for you.”
To avoid negative recommendations like these, employees must try to be actively involved in their performance appraisals. Then, when their supervisors tell them of weaknesses in their performances, employees must work to correct these weaknesses. Then, by the time they leave for new employment, their supervisor should have mainly positive things to say about them.
To do well in interviews, job hunters must prepare well for each interview. Tennis super star Arthur Ashe once said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”
Job applicants must try to learn from each interview that they undertake. One way to do this is for them to take notes immediately after their interviews. These notes should record these job applicants’ impressions of the verbal and nonverbal feedback from those who interviewed the job applicants. An example of nonverbal feedback would be guessing that an interviewer is thinking, “Nothing like a tattoo on your neck to let everyone know how uninterested you are at being employed.
As long as job applicants constantly try to correct their weaknesses, they should persist in trying to get interviews. As hockey superstar Wayne Gretsky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”