I’ve had graduates on my mind lately. My daughter and her friends are graduating from college soon and while I lament on how fast the time has gone, I am also busy giving out my best job seeking advice – how to communicate to get a job.
After I wrote my last articles on job seeking and interviewing tips, I got the best compliment ever – “I liked it, mom!” I also got comments and additional ideas that has inspired me to share five more important tips with my job seeking friends.
1. Speak with confidence.
When you are networking, talking with recruiters or interviewing for a job, make sure you not only show that you have some good skills, but also that you are confident in your abilities. Don’t doubt yourself or use negative words to describe yourself. Confidence sells.
2. Keep it simple.
Come up with easy and engaging ways to explain your skills and interests in everyday language. If you can’t communicate in a way that is easy to understand, you may miss out on a connection or introduction to someone who has a job lead for you.
3. Try Twitter.
Use a Twitter account to find agency recruiters and hiring managers that tweet about job positions. Use their tweets to not only learn about job openings, but also about their company culture. Follow them, read their tweets and list or favorite them. Retweet their relevant tweets. If they follow you back, Direct Message them and introduce yourself.
4. Tell me About Yourself.
This is by far the most common interview question and one we are usually least prepared for. Develop a good answer to this question, practice it and be able to deliver it with poise and confidence. The biggest mistake people being interviewed make is thinking the interviewer really wants to know about them as a person. Instead focus on what you think will most interest the interviewer and highlight your most important accomplishments in relation to the job.
5. Be patient.
As you go through your job seeking process, don’t be too hard on yourself. It may take longer than you want it to. Your persistance will eventually pay off!
Remember, this is your journey. Resist the urge to compare yourself to others, and look for the learning in everything that happens (or doesn’t happen) along the way!
Good luck out there!
Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home. To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings visit:
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