During your career search the desired end-result is to a secure a position in your preferred industry that is ideal for your career path. Your career search will often gift you many personal and professional lessons and beneficial resources. There is no need to be reluctant with sharing your acquired career search tips, insights, and professional networking leads that has not be designated as exclusive to you. Sharing your career search knowledge with others ignites positive reciprocation of specific industry knowledge that you need routed back to you.
Take time on a weekly basis to pay it forward in lives of others. Paying it forward in a non-boastful manner will fuel the spirits of gratefulness and thanksgiving within you. Incorporating this success strategy into your way of living will assist you in cultivating your leadership and communication skills. Encourage and celebrate others by sharing and helping them connect with information and industry influencers that will help them accomplish their professional goals as well as yours.
A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. ~ Mark Twain ~
Your conversation engagement goal should consistently be to leave a positive lasting impression when speaking with various industry professionals. Beyond being a subject matter expert; it is great for you to be open to share a few of your own personal interests, goals, and hobbies with others. Strive to share something different in each conversation. The ability to dialogue a mixture of topics; displays your range of diversity of your life experiences and studies. Embark upon conversations with novice and seasoned industry professionals that you can learn from. Every conversation has the potential to deliver you valuable knowledge that you can potentially incorporate into your everyday success activities. Position yourself to be a part of conversation to remember frequently.
Possible Conversation Activity Sparks
- Learn a new word. Many dictionary sites will email you a new word to assist you with increasing your vocabulary daily.
- Attend culture events. Take time to attend events, festivals, and concerts locally and nationally.
- Be adventurous daily. Try new foods. Shop in different locations throughout your city.
Your ability to speak the language of your chosen industry is important not only when interviewing but also when conversing with various industry professionals. Taking the time to learn your industry language including acronyms and jargon beyond the textbooks is essential to your professional success. Being able to effectively communicate as an industry professional will prompt other professionals to view you as credible and increase your confidence in your professional skills and knowledge.
Below are a few language development tactics that will help you evolve the fluency of your industry language.
- Listen attentively during business initiative launches and reviews.
- Read and notice the verbiage details from business meeting minutes, industry related periodicals and books.
- Study industry websites and the description of their services and products.
- View industry advertising campaigns through various media forums.
Your industry language versatility will permit you to communicate well with various levels of professionals while leading you through the path of becoming a verifiable industry subject matter expert.
Knowing your preferred company environment is favorable during your career search. Many companies are transparent with what type of work environment they promote through their company website, blog, and social media platforms. Companies often host chat sessions on Facebook and Twitter to share details about their hiring process, industry insights, and sometimes general day-to-day activities that a prospective employee may experience. On Instagram, you can view fun pictures and brief videos sharing highlights from a successful company event. Companies will also email invitations to their hiring events to people who follow them through social media and/or sign up to receive their company email blasts through their company website. Attending hiring events is also a great opportunity to learn more about the environment of the company. Take your time to ponder, research, and list what specifics you want your work environment to provide you. Below are a few starter inquiries to assist you in developing and fine tuning your work environment wish list.
- Telecommute Option
- Flex Scheduling
- Casual Attire vs. Professional Attire
- Professional Training and Development
- Community Involvement
- Intrapreneurship Option
- Employee Morale Booster Activities
Next, update your career goal affirmation to include details of your desired work environment. Remember, that your words are powerful. Words frame the outcomes of your life. Repeat your career goal affirmation daily.
Example: I am a business subject matter expert that exceeds assigned metric goals quarterly. I effectively execute training initiatives to team members. I am grateful to be working a flex schedule; three-day a week working remotely from home and working two days in the office.
Your social media footprint has the influence to open and close doors for you during your career search process and even after you become employed. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn are used by various industries as credible sources to recruit talent for career opportunities open in different professional circles.
Social Media Activities of Success:
Schedule 30 minutes to spend on LinkedIn connecting with former and current coworkers, managers, and mentors. Like postings of Industry Influencers, Connections, and Subject Matters Experts. Write at least one recommendation for a Connection and ask for a recommendation from a Connection. Look for jobs on Twitter using the hashtags for city, job, career, or jobchat. Post pictures of your product offering and/or service on Instagram. Make sure that your pictures are clear. List all of your contact details in Instagram bio.
Take the time to review each one of your social media accounts and ask yourself the following questions listed below.
- What does your social media say about you?
- What do you want your social media to say about you?
- What revisions do you need to make to your social media accounts to accurately represent your personal brand and/or professional theme?
- Do you need to expand your social media footprint?