So the hunt is on. Freshly shined stilettos, a fresh manicure, resume and portfolio in hand. Are you ready? (Maybe keep some war-paint handy?) You’ve got your inspiration from Netflix and you have the skills you need for a job in the 21st century, so now it’s time to start the search. Relax. The search for a new job doesn’t have to be scary. You can find a way to do what you love and you don’t have to settle.
Just keep some handy tips in mind. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Here are my 8 P’s for a successful job hunt:
There’s a famous saying which asks “How do you get into Carnegie Hall?” The answer? You’re going to have to expect some performance anxiety on the first few interviews. Do yourself a favor and have a friend coach you so you make sure you’re spiffy, confident and ready to showcase what makes you shine.
What do you have to offer that makes any boss thrilled to call you an employee? Make a list from A to Z and try to think of one unique asset you have for each letter. It may be hard at first, but it’s a great way to stretch your mind and prepare you for any question you may be asked on the fly! Plus, who doesn’t like complimenting themselves? Pump yourself up girl!
Do your research. Sign up for job alerts. Go to your local town hall or community center and see what’s going on in the area and how YOU can be an asset. In addition, do your “job homework”: don’t be lazy with your computer. Learn how to use it. Just as you would never show up in pajamas for a job interview, make sure your formatting is clean, clear and easy to read. Spreadsheets can be your best friend.
Never be embarrassed if you fail. You should only be embarrassed if along the way you have not treated others how you would like to be treated; but if you do the opposite of that on a consistent basis, you will have a good launching pad for success. Enjoy the ride! Do a Google search for rejection letters sent to famous musicians, businesspeople and writers when they were first trying to make a career for themselves. It will make you feel better.
5. Pinpoint your uniqueness
Do you have an idea? Perhaps someone else has thought of it before, but only you can infuse it with the passion that is uniquely yours. Once you find your strength, do everything you can to better yourself. Take a class. Study, grow, learn – people are always looking for an employee who is adaptable, willing to learn and malleable.
6. Profess your knowledge and be an expert
Once you decide to do what you love, learn about it – read and research everything you can. Look up its history, and find inspiring people in your field. Connecting and sharing your knowledge can help build your reputation as an expert.
7. Peruse your contacts.
Think of everyone you know – start with family, friends, and who you’ve worked with in the past. Now think about what you’d like to do. Do any of your connections have associations with places, jobs or ideas? Give them a call and see what advice (or connections!) they have!
There’s no secret to promotion and networking. It’s tedious, time-consuming, frustrating, and a lot of work, sometimes seeming pointless when you hardly hear back. But you never know what can come from that last e-mail or phone call! Be fearless and shameless, but courteous and civil. So boldly reach out to people who inspire you, but know that there is an appropriate time and place for everything.
If you follow these 8 P’s maybe you can leave the war-paint at home. And once you get that job, there is one more P. Party! You earned it, career girl!