Creating a lasting first impression is vital to your career search. The duration of a first impression can range from seven to thirty seconds. First impressions can be sealants of progress or refuse during the interview process. First impression triggers are components of your personal brand. A few first impression triggers includes your social media profiles, your voicemail, your email, your hand shake, and your attire. Be cognizant of your efforts of maintaining your personal brand.
In lieu of a resume submission, a potential employer may request links to your social media profiles to review how you choose to present yourself globally. Your verbiage, pictures, videos, and overall content can increase or decrease your candidacy relevancy for a position. Post wisely and tactfully, even after you have secured your desired position. You do not want to be prone to loosing your job based upon inappropriate posts.
During your career search, your voicemail should be professional and clear to understand. Your voicemail should not feature the latest music sensation nor have background noise.
Email addresses can be too revealing of lifestyle choices and personal details sometimes. Keeping your email address basic and simple is a consistent recommendation by hiring managers and recruiters.
Your handshake and attire display confidence and an unspoken understanding that you know how to carry yourself in your desired work environment. Your attire needs to be tasteful while using all appropriate under garments, accessories, levels of perfume usage, and overall body coverage. Take the time to research handshake styles and wardrobe interview essentials and determine if your handshake or wardrobe needs to be revised.
Your goal is to always be considered and viewed as a qualified candidate. Strive to have your first impression in all environments that you enter promote you to the next level that you desire.
Throughout your career search many questions are generated that you may not know where to gain direction and solutions from. It is strongly encouraged to be confident and comfortable to ask yourself and others questions to gain clarity about the next steps you need to take regarding your career search.
Asking the basic questions of requesting assistance with resume reviews, referrals, or employment leads can often be asked with ease. It’s important to ask yourself and sometimes consult with others the applicable questions and scenarios listed below.
- Is this the right time to start a career search? Determine if you need to professionally develop in your current position longer before moving on to a new employment opportunity.
- Do you need to improve your communication skills? If yes, identify what specific communication skills you need to improve and create an action plan accordingly.
- Is it time for you to be considered for a management position? If yes, assess what qualifies you to be considered based upon the required experience listed for the position description.
- If you desire a career change because of management. Resolve if is it worth transitioning out of your current role because of one person or a certain management style. Take the time to rethink your decision at least once to determine if the potential career move will be an overall advantage or disadvantage to your current career path.
- Are you playing yourself small in your current role? If yes, decide if you want more and why now is a good time to seek career advancement. Pinpoint what eligibility steps you need to make to be considered beyond strengthen your self-confidence.
You are meant to achieve greatness and it is up to you to solidify your path to experience it. Ask questions to assist you in determining how to accomplish your desired career outcomes.
Beyond earning a salary that will support your chosen lifestyle. Many employees prefer that their salary reflect that they are viewed as a valued contributor to their employer. It is to your advantage to proactively have the salary negotiation conversation for your peace of mind and the navigation of your career path plan. Considering the overall landscape of the employment opportunity is a viable factor when accepting or declining an employment offer as well. Proving your worth while embracing the new economy is key in salary negotiation.
Salary negotiations is an important focus point to most career seekers and changers during the interview process. Due to multiple factors salary negotiations may not be applicable for every position you apply for. It is strategically beneficial to consider your salary negotiation approach beyond the desired income and benefits that you have identified that will permeate you as a valued hire to the potential employer. While pondering your negotiation approach consider the following insight to display during the interview and hiring process:
Your Posture: Display confidence not arrogance or entitlement.
Personal Brand: Genuinely demonstrate the soft skills, attire, and attitude the position requires during your interaction with all involved parties during the interview and hiring process.
Professional Examples: Be prepared to share metrics if applicable that can be used as a qualifier during negotiations.
KSA Survey: Conduct a knowledge, skills, and abilities analysis compared to the job description. Determine if the outcomes surpass the minimum and required experience for the position.