I switched companies about four months ago. I went from the everyday familiar (commute, colleagues, and conference rooms) to the unknown and the newness of it all. I’m the “new employee” encountering people’s smiles and helpful ways of making me feel at home, but there are a few things that only time will fix. You still struggle with your time sheets, the idea you presented wasn’t peppered with pom poms and cheers, and you can’t figure out how to scan your documents and e-mail them to yourself just yet. How do you deal with the new job struggles while not losing your mind in the process? Everyone’s struggle varies, but we all want to feel we belong and fit, especially if you’re spending the majority of your time, ideas and passion at this place. No worries, unpack your knick knacks, pour yourself a cup of joe and take notes.
If you’re new to the job market or need a refresher when it comes to a job interview — Daniela Toporek, staff writer at interviewingU wrote a great piece that breaks down the essentials of how to shine on a job interview. You know, you work so hard to get noticed and your resume makes it to the top of the pile and the phone screen was a breeze — but that in-person interview can be a little tricky for some…well, up until now.
“Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.” Eminem was talking about rap battles in his verse, but I’m sure the same applied to us all when we went in for our first job interview (hopefully not the part of regurgitating your meal). After my share of interviews, I’ve come up with the three key components to help you score that job!
1. Come Prepared!
Depending on the job, you could either have a one on one interview with your potential employer or you could have a group interview among other applicants. Either way, the best way to outshine the rest is to be prepared for anything they may throw at you.
If you’re on the hunt for a new job or maybe you’re just looking to add a few recruiters to your network –there is a way to approach recruiters that’ll make you stand out in a positive light and get our attention. I get so many people who just send me their resume with a note that reads, “What am I good for?” After getting that, I know what you’re NOT good for.
The publishing industry has mastered the art of how to send query letters to potential agents and publishing houses–and it’s the same with recruiters.
Aspiring authors just don’t send their book or manuscripts to an agent and say, “Take a read and let me know what’s up?” So why should your approach to a recruiter be any different? Do your research, find out what that recruiter handles (social, I.T., accounting, admin, etc) and if you’re profession and their industry match — reach out to them but make sure you have a job to discuss. Don’t just send your resume and ask, “What am I good for?” Do more research, visit their career website and see if their a role that matches your skill set and that way, when you reach out–you can touch on the job you’re interested in. This approach will create a dialogue between you and the recruiter.
Check out Nando + Charlene, Brand Specialist and Professional Recruiters for extra tips on how to approach a recruiter — mistakes and first impression.
Do you tense up at interviews? Or smack yourself in the face afterwards and think, “Why didn’t I answer it this way?” Maybe you’re convinced you aced your interview only to get a rejection letter a few days later.
If this sounds like you—or if you NEVER want this to be you, The Brand to Land Workshop is what you need.
Nando (Sr. Social Media Recruiter) + Charlene (Talent Recruiter) provide the gateway into one of the most iconic and legendary advertising agencies of our time and have teamed up for an interactive seminar called Brand to Land: Helping you find your personal brand to landyour next job. The workshop, being held at the sexy Wix Lounge, is designed to introduce job seekers (of all levels and industries) to the new trends in interviewing and how to stand out in today’s job market.
Participants will self-identify their personal brand to showcase that brand throughout the interviewing process to land the job they want.
- Discover your personal interviewing brand
- Identify and target habits sabotaging your interviews
- Be challenged during mock interviews to sharpen quick-thinking skills and rethink standard responses
- Redefine your approach to job searches
- Exposure to new interviewing techniques trending in today’s job market
2-hour interactive seminar where Nando + Charlene actively help job seekers navigate through the interviewing process with collaborative activities leaving job seekers feeling refreshed, confident and armed with a new set of core competencies.
- Help you gain confidence during the interviewing process
- Our 4-point method of addressing every interview question
- Tactical assignments to self-identify your personal interviewing brand
- 5 Killer ways to boost your networking skills
- Discover the 5 trends in today’s job market
- Reasons recruiters are not calling you back
- Why your job search is failing
- Questions never to ask an interviewer
- Negotiate salaries, vacations + more
- Engaging mock interview session where you get in the “hot seat”
- Interactive Q&A session with Nando + Charlene
So many times we think we’re unhappy at work because of various reason: your coworkers aren’t being fashionable enough, our bosses go on and on about their stock options and 401K packages that totally outshine yours, or the office politics keep you cowering in the elevator corner for fear of saying the wrong thing and being kicked out (SURVIVOR STLYE) of the cool kids club.
But Charlene and I have big news for you–despite all that business going on — it’s up to you to turn it around and create the job satisfaction you’re seeking.
In this episode of Recruiting Radio, we’re not encouraging you to switch jobs, change companies, or even try something new in terms of going Zen to deal with your colleagues, instead, we want you to understand the root of your work blues and empower you to make the internal change — that will really serve a purpose in your life + career.
In this Recruiting Radio podcast session, Charlene and I discuss the 5 ways to improve job satisfaction.
Ways to Improve Job Satisfaction highlights:
- having a sense of purpose @ work
- how to create new challenges at work (like a podcast, start a blog, or become a mentor)
- you are not your job (understanding this will free you)
- dealing with job stress (you can’t be stress free — but you can deal with it in healthier ways)
- finding your work SPF (you’re gonna love this tip!)
- why switching jobs is not the answer
Enjoy the podcast and for more info check out our tumblr @ NYC Career Zone
Click play to listen to the podcast.
And here is the cliff notes version of 5 ways to improve job satisfaction