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6 Steps to a New Career
1. ClarityIt's to easy to start looking in the job section of the paper and applying for everything that has an attractive salary, car or any other perks, before falling into this trap, be really clear about what you want from employment.
Don't accept employment just because it's the first position that you have been offered; the likelihood is that you will only leave several months later.
If you make right choice the first time you will be more likely to stay committed focused and motivated throughout your coming years.
2. PresentationPaint the perfect picture.
In written contact with employers ensure everything is literate and presentable. Although the content of the CV is important, the presentation is 100% more likely to catch the eye.
Stylish yet Simple are the key to a good CV design. Don't over complicate it.
Check your CV carefully for spelling and information mistakes before pressing send Your CV is best presented in reverse date order - starting with your current employment. Think about what your future Employer wants to know about you. i.e.: your academic and skill achievements followed by what you are doing now.
Dress every day like your going for an interview. This wise old saying goes along way, especially with first impressions.
A gentle reminder - Self Hygiene including clean body, hair, teeth and a good deodorant, is a vital part of everyone's daily routine!
Dress and act like you belong in that environment; if you're going for an office job, dress accordingly, don't turn up wearing shorts and trainers. Mix in the type of places that you're likely to find employment. Staying at home all day isn't going to work!!
At the interview, make sure that you have everything that an employer may ask for, a copy of a CV, certifications; references contact details and examples of previous work. This is a clear demonstration that you are prepared and confident of your own abilities.
3. CommunicationMaster all communication both external and internal.
With this in mind, keep mentally and physically fit through your search. Turn up your enthusiasm and enjoy the search. You're likely to feel better and be regarded as a positive, motivated candidate. Change your way of thinking about the negative, if you are faced with rejection don't allow this to unmotivated you. Rejection isn't negative, its feedback.
4. Know your TopicOnce you have your foot in the door, shine!
Research the company as if you were going to buy it, become an expert. Remember people like people like themselves. If in the interview you can recite everything about them, you're guaranteed to blow their minds.
Just imagine how impressed they would be?
5. Build RapportIf you have done the above then, the interview should just be protocol.
Building rapport with the interviewer is crucial; this is where most jobs are won or lost. Make yourself interesting, don't just talk about work. Find something in common with them and talk about that. Ask questions!
Remember people like people like themselves. Mirror what they do and be part of the environment.
6. Body LanguageInterviewing for a job can be a very stressful process. From the time you are first invited to the interview all the way through to the post-interview follow up your mind is in constant motion. Throughout this process, body language is an important part of your preparation and execution of an outstanding interview.
Body Language and Preparation For an Interview Most people don’t think of body language as having anything to do with interview preparation, but that is simply not the case. On the contrary, your body language is a crucial part of preparation and focus on the actual interview.
It begins with your own self-confidence. Itís normal to feel a bit nervous about an upcoming interview, so use your knowledge of body language to help reduce that nervousness. Make a point of using an upright and confident posture, with a pleasant facial expression and solid eye contact, in the days leading up to the interview. This serves two purposes; first, it helps your own attitude to take on more confidence, and second, it helps you practice the types of non-verbal behaviours you will need to use during the interview itself.
Try practicing this body language in front of a mirror, or better yet, in front of a video camera. Ask a trusted friend or peer to role-play an interview with you, then go back and watch the video to get a fresh perspective on your conscious and unconscious behaviours. You don’t want to become over rehearsed, of course, but you do want to identify and correct any major problems that might detract from your performance during an interview
Body Language During an Interview Much has been written about body language and non-verbal behaviours during an actual interview. Experts from across many disciplines are full of advice and guidance on just how to present yourself in the best possible light using conscious body language choices. While many of these experts claim to have the ‘secret’ system for making the most of an interview, the reality is that most of them focus on a few general categories of non-verbal behaviours that consistently have the greatest effect during a job interview.
Entering the interview location – Your walk should be active and confident, but not arrogant or cocky. Keep your shoulders upright, head up, and make eye contact with the people around you. Maintain a positive facial expression and be assertive about shaking hands and greeting people to whom you are introduced.
During the interview – Sit in an upright and attentive posture thatís open and relaxed. Never let your shoulders slump or your head hang down, but rather keep your head up and make eye contact with the interviewers. Donít fuss or shuffle around any papers or notes you have in front of you, and donít lean your arms heavily on the table. Keep your body position open and make eye contact while listening to and answering questions.
Leaving the interview location – No matter how you feel about your performance during the interview, carry yourself with confidence and poise as you leave the interview location. Be assertive about shaking hands and making eye contact as you say goodbye, and keep your body posture upright as you walk all the way until you reach your car.
Body Language and Follow Up to an Interview Once the interview is finished and you’re into the follow up process, don’t let your body language go by the wayside. Sit with an upright and confident posture as you write thank you notes to the interviewers, and keep a positive facial expression whenever you speak with someone on the phone. Believe it or not, your tone of voice is strongly affected by your facial expression and body position, so pay attention to your body language even as you’re talking on the telephone.
Remember, the more you make positive and confident body language a part of your daily life, the more it becomes a habit that goes with you wherever you go. If you have a firm habit of solid body language as a daily practice then you don’t have to worry about it or think about it nearly as much when you go to your next interview. It becomes a natural and normal part of how you present yourself, allowing you to focus more directly on communicating your qualifications and suitability for a potential job.