When you think about your last meeting and your most recent job interview, do you both find the experiences very similar? There are nervous worries, choosing what to wear, and of course, wondering if the experience will meet your expectations.
Job hunting can be a lot like meeting. Here are ten reasons why:
1. You need to get out there
It is clear that your dream meeting will not suddenly reach your doorstep and will shout, “I am here!” It usually takes some effort to meet people. A job search also requires perseverance, perseverance and a positive attitude. It is not enough to just send a random resume. Instead, come up with a system and stick to it. Networking should also become part of your daily job search routine.
2. Do your research
Before you meet someone from a dating app, do you Google it in advance? According to a survey by Statista, 40% of people Google their meeting before meeting in person, while 44% move to their social networking matches. In the same way, learn as much as you can about the company before the interview. Review the corporate website, chat with the people who work there, explore news articles, and follow the company on social media. This way, you will be updated on any latest news that may be relevant to the position you are interested in.
3. Put your best foot forward
As they say, first impressions are everything. When you go to a meeting, most of us think about appearing on time and wearing the part. It’s the same with job search. Just take the essentials, take off your cell phone and show your best behavior!
4. Body language is important
As in the dating world, body language is a key component of a job search. A social psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School, Amy Cuddy, found that small changes in the way you handle your body can significantly affect the outcome of events in your life. Just two minutes in a power pose before your interview can make you more confident, relaxed and even more likely to get hired. Whether facial expressions, gestures, or eye contact, nonverbal cues can make the difference between getting a job offer or showing up outside the door.
5. Trust your gut
While it is important to analyze every job offer you receive, there is nothing you can do to trust your instincts. Does it look great on paper, but you still think something is wrong or too good to be true? If you experience a negative physical sensation when thinking about the new role, it is usually a sign to stay away. While a little anxiety is normal when it comes to looking for work, the feeling of despair or panic is not.
6. Authenticity is important
Meeting involves looking for people who share your values and value you for who you are. Work hunting is the same way. Make sure a potential employer shares your values. If not, you may be destined for dissatisfaction. You also need to feel like the company culture encourages authenticity. After all, we spend most of our lives at work. If you can not be yourself, then what is the purpose?
7. Do not settle for less that your full potential
One of the best verses comes from the movie Thelma and Luiza when Susan Sarandon’s character says, “You get what you decide on.” Whether you are meeting or preparing for an interview, know your worth. In terms of salary, your market value is what you need to earn based on your skills and experience, as well as your position and location. Do your research to determine your value before entering into a payroll negotiation. This way, you will be more likely to get the title and compensation you deserve.
8. It is a two-way street
Job hunting and meetings are both a two-way street. In other words, it’s not just about you, the candidate, selling yourself to a hiring manager. It is equally important that the company sells you for the company and the position. Prepare a list of questions to ask your potential employer about the job, your boss, and the organization. Think about why you want to work for this company. Coming to the table with intelligent questions, you also position yourself as someone who is curious, prepared and interested.
9. Do not say “yes” right away
Just as you would not say “yes” to a person proposing after the first meeting, you do not necessarily want to accept the first job offer that comes to you. You will be in this job for at least a year and this can provide a solid foundation for the rest of your career. In addition, you want to make sure the position has a fair salary and competitive benefits. Whether or not you have competitive bids, you need to make sure the job is right for you.
10. You may need to kiss some frogs
Hunting for work can be a tedious process, so it is critical to be patient. The hardest part about waiting for a yes is that you have to listen a lot not along the way. The good news is that many can not help you improve your interviewing skills and consistency. So take your time to find the right job. Like meeting, you may need to kiss some frogs before you find your prince.
While the two worlds may seem very different, looking for work is a lot like meeting. Now slide right and go to your dream job!