This is an interesting question, but it also offers a chance for reflection about individual employment ability. The best way to understand a situation is often to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Would you hire you? There are some ways to make yourself more attractive to a possible employer and they are actually more subtle than most people realize.
Individual consistency may be the most impressive characteristic of anyone seeking employment, especially if the position is lucrative and establishes the individual as a professional in their particular field. Education is a significant part of the equation, but being a stellar candidate for a job is a comprehensive presentation.
How a Coach Can Help
It may not have been your first thought, but hiring a good career coach is a sound first step to procuring a solid professional position. What career coaches can do is offer you advice and guidance in a manner which is ensures you are proactive about your job search and reaching a level where you are actually receiving job offers, rather than chasing them.
Determining exactly what you have to offer a company is not always an easy task. Drawing up a CV can help, but translating that CV at an interview and indeed in your initial job application can be difficult. Many who are new or recently returned to the jobs market often find it difficult to market themselves. Developing ‘brand you’ is something a career coach can help with, ensuring you stand out from the crowd and make it to that interview shortlist.
New Job Considerations
There are several other things you need to consider when changing a position, no matter whether that position is an executive role or a shelf-stacker at the local store:
Many people may think this is benign. The truth is that this is absolutely critical, especially if the position involves dealing with the public on a regular basis. It is important to dress appropriately for the position. A good gauge is how a regular employee would need to dress on the job. The potential employee only has one opportunity to make a first impression and this should always be an absolute positive.
One of the most simple of all rules is choosing colors to wear. Different colors are signals of individual personalities and denote personal traits. Always wear blue in any job interview because blue is the signal for loyalty. Bright colors indicate aggressive personalities and light colors indicate passive natures. Blue is an excellent “neutral” choice and most human resources professionals are trained in this particular part of employment selection.
It is very important to speak professionally when being interviewed. If asked questions about the position or the industry, the successful applicant should know appropriate terminology related to the industry and weave that information into any discussion during the interview. This can also be important when applying for a mid-level position, but the applicant should also realize that the concept of “over-qualification” is largely not applicable.
This part of the employment process is a balancing act in many ways and a good professional coach can explain this component of the interview process. Be prepared for multiple interviews, including entry level positions. In general, all first positions are entry level assignments while the employee is building a professional identity with the company.
- Body Art
Tattoos and body piercings are common place in contemporary society, but they can still be problematic when applying for employment. Always make a point to hide body art on the initial interview. For positions that require multiple interviews, it is also a good rule until employment is actually secured. Many employers will require tattoos and body piercings to be covered while at work. This is clearly a personal choice, but it is largely a permanent choice unless the individual is willing to undergo a removal process.
Employment in the current marketplace is difficult for all individuals, and companies understand that it is clearly an employer’s market. Merely getting in the door can be difficult for many applicants and networking has never been as critical as it is in contemporary field. Any experienced and effective employment coach understands this situation in the “at will” employment structure. Employers have extensive latitude when choosing employees and all companies take extraordinary measures to make sure they have the right person for the right position.
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