If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
Change your viewpoint,
Change your viewpoint,
There are many opportunities for networking during this season as companies and associations hold year end social gatherings. Take advantage of these gatherings to talk with people in your company you haven't met yet or others related to your occupation or industry.
An often overlooked, yet high impact, part of the interview is the chance to ask questions.
Ask good questions. Prepare a list of possible questions and priorities the top 2-3 questions that you want to ask.
Since, you may only get 5 minutes at the end of the interview. Use them wisely.
Consider what you still need to know in order to assess whether the job is a good opportunity for you.
Decide what factors about the culture and which values are important to you and ask for details. Confirm the fit with your work values and priorities
Understand the process
Show what you know and verify what you've learned
How should you build your brand in your resume and highlight your experience?
Tips for keeping your job search confidential: with the
Stepping away from the details of work can give you a new perspective.
Yesterday, that moment of joy was watching the eclipse with family. My husband and I are lucky enough that he has family in southern Illinois, an area that experienced totality. Just the event itself inspired and awed me. Experiencing it with several generations made it even more special. We ate moon pies and sun chips. We had our official glasses, but made pinhole cameras from a shoebox and sheets of paper (used separately). We also expanded the light show with a colander and a mirror (also used separately).
The key is letting yourself experience the moment. We celebrated with selfies, but we also took a breath and just looked. We watched the crescent shrink and disappear. We watched the light dim, the sunset surround us, and the planets come out. And, we watched the crescent grow again. The eclipse flew by, but we took the time to experience it.
Your moments of joy don’t have to be as historical as an eclipse, especially since the next one isn’t until 2024. Your moment of joy can be family, friends, music, and motion.
Taking a break from the day to day activities can give you a new perspective.
For both mental and physical health, you should take breaks from sitting at the computer.
A couple of minutes away puts the task in perspective and helps you think about what you do in a new way. Try different options out to see what works for you. But be careful. Moments of joy are different from pleasure. The candy bar is pleasurable, but fleeting. And, the pleasure may diminish. I’ll discuss the difference between joy and pleasure in a future blog post.
Building flow or joyful add-ons into your day will energize you.
Utilizing your strengths and getting caught up in what you are doing is being in "flow." If you've ever gotten so immersed into a task, you were probably utilizing a strength. The more you utilize this and other strengths, the more successful and productive you will be. I will cover Flow in more detail in a future blog post. If you can't wait to learn a little more about strengths, check out Gallup's Strengths Based Leadership ($).
Because today's post is about building joy in your life, I'll talk about joyful add-ons. I get energized when I listen to the music of my youth. (I'm not that old, but when I start talking dates, I feel like it.) 80's alternative will take me back to college, a little Neil Diamond will take me back to family trips, and some good 70's rock will bring an old radio in my childhood bedroom to mind. This doesn't get me sentimental. I get energized. I may sing. I may dance a little.
When I must do a task and my energy is waning, I'll turn on music. Suddenly, doing the dishes, cleaning or powering through a research report get a little easier. I feel more joy than dread at the task. I have the energy to get it done.
Build moments of joy in your life
(Blog posted to Bartimus Career Consulting Blog and Hayska Blog.)
(Feature Image Note: Thank you to Canva.com for offering a free eclipse photo (above) since my attempts (below) did not come out clear. )
The new name shows the evolution of interviewing. Instead of only focusing on behaviors and competencies, looking at "experience" puts the behaviors and competencies into context of your accomplishments and passions.
It is important for you to prepare your stories about your accomplishments and the challenges you overcame before you are in the interview.
Build off of the (a) skills sought by your targeted employers. Highlight your (b) personal strengths. Tell your story of your (c) accomplishments. Demonstrate your (d) passion.
For more information on demonstrating your value through the interview, check out my Interviewing resource page.
Additionally, here are two links to show how employers are describing "experience interviews":
Consulting companies who employ case interviews offer tips for preparing for this interview style. Since this interview focuses on problem solving, the key aspects are:
The case interview is typically used to show how you would interact with clients and organize projects. Treat the case interview as if it is a client problem or project proposal.
Some companies, like McKinsey & Company, offer sample cases. If your targeted employer doesn't offer sample cases, check for actual client or project stories under the "About" or "Services" tabs.
For additional tips on preparing, review these company pages:
Other companies, like Bain, also incorporate a case study as a written essay.
Review your prospective employer's career pages for information on their interview process. Also check sites like Glassdoor.com for other descriptions of the interviewing process with comments of other candidates.
Back in 2010, I wrote a magazine article that talked about using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in people’s personal and professional lives. While the social media tools have expanded enormously, the strategy for incorporating these tools have stayed the same.
1. Establish a plan and outline your goals. This will be your guide on which sites to use and what you post.
2. Start somewhere. You do not have to use all the sites. If you are already using Facebook, see how you can expand your presence. If you aren’t using anything, set up a professional profile on LinkedIn and connect with colleagues. LinkedIn is still one of professional networking communities.
3. Monitor and manage your internet presence. You need to be aware of what is online by you and about you. Google yourself to see what appears.
4. Revise online profiles to fit your outlined goals and use social networking sites to create positive content. Twitter is an easy way to share your expertise. Searches will consider the content you create and who links back to it.
When interviewing, employers are assessing three things: skills, motivation, and cultural fit.
Motivation comes to the forefront as we experience obstacles in pursuit of our goals. How did you handle the obstacles? What skills did you use to overcome the obstacle?
If you struggle to answer these questions, spend some time with them. You will need to build your own understanding of when you've felt in flow, before you can describe these situations, behaviors, and factors to others.
Sample Questions About Motivation
Visit the linked articles for additional information and sample questions.