Think of looking for a new job or opportunity as a home improvement project. As with any project, you must have the right tools. Most people who decide to paint a room, or repair something around the house think to themselves, “What will I need to get this done and do it right?” That same attitude needs to be taken into a job search. So think about finding a new position the same way. Below is a checklist to help you have the most success possible in completing that job search project.
- Have the right attitude to use the tools in your toolbox. When looking for a new job, whether you are working or unemployed you must have a positive and upbeat attitude. Employers, like most people are attracted to candidates that project success and are positive. Any negative thoughts, no matter how bad MUST be left in your tool box, and should never be taken out and used. We have seen many a fine candidate, with great skills, not get hired because they let negative words seep into an interview. No matter how tempted you are, negative language regarding previous jobs, bosses, or companies should never be used.
- Keep your tools in tip top shape. As with any project the tools that you use need to be in working order. In relationship to a job search, this means your appearance. Unfortunately there is only so much you can do with how you look. But, make what you were born with as good as possible. The one thing you can control is your grooming and the appearance of your clothes. We beat that same old subject to death, but many people still do not get it. Before you go on an interview, look in the mirror and honestly say to yourself, would I hire this person?
- Make sure your tools work. How is that resume? Is it accurate? Does it represent you effectively? Make sure it does before you send it out for all to see. It represents you and the quality of work you will do. It is similar to showing your neighbor Ralph or Mary the fence you built, and saying to that person, what do you think? The one thing you want is that fence not to be toppling over and crooked. Check your work before you advertise it!
- Have your tools ready to go! You never know when a project may come up at home, and when it does you want your hammer, screwdriver, or whatever clean and ready to be used. Take that same attitude into your job search. Always be prepared! That phone call or e-mail regarding a new opportunity may come at any time and you want to be ready. The bus (not Jerome Bettis) taking you to a new opportunity only comes by so often, and it makes only so many stops, so do not miss it, and be left behind.
Keep these points in mind as you begin your job search project. They will keep you focused and ready. For more fun filled job search advice visit our other blogs. Happy Hunting!