I’ve been coaching more job seekers lately in my coaching practice. My process is generally Assessment – Targeting – Self-Presentation. Here are some tips that I give to my clients regularly.
- Assessment – Know what you LOVE in addition to what you’re good at.
- Assessment – Know how to tell your story. Practice it often.
- Assessment – Know several specific projects that describe you at your best and at what you most enjoy. Make sure you mention these later in the interiews.
- Targeting – Know your geography, industry, and function.
- Targeting – Aim high.
- Targeting – Target many jobs.
- Targeting – Who do you know who is related to the industry and function that you want?
- Self-Presentation – Target your resume to the job.
- Self-Presentation – Behavioral questions during interviews: brainstorm three answers to each of about ten questions, then choose the best of the three answers.
- Self-Presentation – Practice consulting-type open-ended problem questions, such as the number of pencils in Alaska.
- Self-Presentation – Rehearse before the interview how your body will behave if you get a question that stumps you. Examples: repeating the question slowly, clarifying the question, sitting forward in your chair – whatever works for you. Practice these with a friend.
What are some additional tips you have for job-seeking?
What’s the smartest job-seeking tip you have?
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