Long Distance Job Hunting

long distance job hunting

 

You want to move to a new city AND already have a job lined up when you get there. Is that even possible? Yes. If you plan for it.

Outstanding resume 

You already know you need a stand out resume to get a job in the city you’re in. If you want a job in another city that resume doesn’t just need to stand out, it needs to shine like a treasure in Aladdin’s cave.  Catch the recruiter’s attention with a glitter so irresistible you get the opportunity to talk to them and explain exactly what treasure you can bring to their cave.

Accommodate their schedule

If you are applying for a job in a time zone that is opposite your own, make sure you make it as easy as possible for the potential employer to have a Skype call with you. If that means interviewing at 1 am, then you are going to be looking and sounding spectacular at 1 am.

You don’t want to give them any reason to discount you. You’re the one applying from far away. They are already making allowances for you, so make the interview easy for them.

Make sure they realize you are not local

Address your current location and your total willingness to relocate right off the bat in your cover letter. Don’t try to trick them into thinking you’re already where they are because deception is not the foot on which to step into a new relationship. Honesty is always the best policy.

Start off by making sure everyone is on the same page and if all goes well, you’ll all soon be in the same city.

Are You An Entrepreneur?

Are You An Entrepreneur?

 

Entrepreneurs are the changers of society. The ones who see a different or better way to doing things and aren’t afraid to put their lives or careers on the line to see their vision through. What makes entrepreneurs different?

Unafraid to challenge the status Quo

Most people are just content to follow along with what everyone else is doing, to agree with the majority opinion, to participate in the same activities. An entrepreneur on the other hand is more likely to be the one to choose a new direction, a brand new way of seeing things regardless of the opposition of others.

 

Follow their own compass

People don’t like it when someone veers off the beaten path because it makes them afraid. They’re afraid the trailblazer might fail and they’re also afraid that trailblazer might succeed – reflecting negatively on their own choices. Most people aren’t willing to take chances so it makes them feel better when no one around them takes chances either.

 

There’s a quote by Mahatma Ghandi entrepreneurs can take to heart when pushing against the warnings and advice of others who don’t share their vision:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

 

They have a chip on their shoulder

Entrepreneurial types are often the type with a chip on their shoulder. They’re not satisfied with the way things are and want to change it. They become obsessed with changing it. That obsession becomes a chip on their shoulder, a constant, grating reminder that things won’t just change on their own so it’s up to them to bring about the change. That chip motivates them to go that extra mile. Some people who have a chip on their shoulder use it as an excuse to explain why things are rotten. Others use it to make sure things change.

 

Make like Velcro

Despite endless planning and preparation there will always be setbacks and roadblocks and detours while navigating the creation of any new venture. Entrepreneurs stick to their vision. It doesn’t mean they keep on heading in a direction that’s proving to be a dead end. It means they find alternate routes and they keep going. They keep their goal in mind and keep stick to it like Velcro.

Stop Looking For A Job and Get One

Stop Looking For A Job and Get One

 

Been on the job search for a while? Having trouble transitioning from the searching end of a job quest to the receiving end of an offer? Here are a few tips that will help get you to that offer quicker.

 

Don’t box yourself into small boxes

Some people look at the long list of requirements for job openings and only apply where they have experience in everything.

 

There are plenty of instances where people who don’t have all the qualifications listed are the ones chosen by the hiring manager. Sometimes it comes down to other related experiences, or aptitude in certain areas, or personality type, or potential.

 

If you have the majority of the qualifications they’re looking for go ahead and apply. Wow them with all the reasons they should give you an interview in the cover letter and see what happens. Like Wayne Gretzky says, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

 

Learn to boast

You might not feel comfortable tooting your own horn, but you can be pretty sure the person who steps into that interview after you, or the one who was sitting in your seat before you got there made a point of letting the interviewer know exactly how wonderful they were.

 

Sitting there bragging about what a wonderful human being you are will turn people off, but if you talk about they way you worked so wonderfully with others to achieve great results, it paints the picture of a wonderful human being.

 

Relax and be friendly

Yes you are in a job interview, yes it’s nerve wracking, but in the end you are one person talking to another person. Do your homework. Prepare as well as you can, then relax. Go in there with a big smile, and let that wonderful person you’re going to refer to later in the interview shine through.

Success is Like a Stroll into Traffic

This morning I found myself in a predicament. I was trapped on the wrong side of the road from the bus I needed to catch. Cars zooming by stood between me and getting to the bus before it departed.  Frustratingly, I knew that as soon as the light changed and made it for me to safely cross, the bus would drive away. It was infuriating because the thing I was so desperate for was right in front of my face, yet unreachable.

Beside me was a man I’d never spoken to, but recognized from the bus every morning. He was tall and always wore professional attire – clearly on his way to work as well. As I reluctantly accepted my fate of having to catch the next bus, he did something else.

He casually walked into the traffic. Not in a gap in the flow of traffic – right into it! He didn’t run, or look even slightly nervous. He casually, calmly walked across the street. Cars slowed down for him, drivers staring at him in bewilderment.  He had this crazy confidence about him – like he knew no one would hit him, like he was above even worrying about things like that. And he got the bus.

I, of course, waited for the light, and even though I ran across, it still left without me. I was 20 minutes late for work, and he presumably got wherever he was going in good time.

He did something that was objectively stupid, and I didn’t, but he succeeded in his goal and I didn’t.

As I waited for the next bus, I thought about that. Maybe that’s what success is all about. Doing objectively stupid things with the confidence of a God. The way he sauntered across the street – forcing everyone else to slow down, controlling the people around him instead of letting them control him through sheer force of will and dumb determination. That’s what you have to do. Ignore the obstacles, or the things that could damage you, and just go. Don’t wait for the light to change. Don’t catch the next bus. Catch the one you want when you want it because damnit, you can. Maybe success is about taking gigantic risks, not playing it safe – about doing things that shock people, doing whatever it takes to reach the end goal.

Maybe success is about blindly walking into traffic. (But not literally. That man was clearly insane!)

 

How to Be Confident in Job Interviews

Job interview jitters – we all get them no matter how many times we’ve done them. The shaking, sweaty palms, stuttering and forgetting all the answers that you worked so hard to prepare for. But here’s the trick to make a long, lasting impression even if you’re shaking in your boots. Look confident on the outside and know how to hide your nervousness.

1) Arrive early to the interview
Get there 10 to 15 minutes before your interview starts so you have time to calm your nerves and soak in the atmosphere. If you arrive right on time, you’ll be disheveled and before you know it, you’re in front of the interviewer before having the chance to practice the interview questions. That 10 to 15 minutes of your life could be the game changer in your confidence during the job interview.

2) Make eye contact with the interviewer
Looking at the person while talking shows confidence in many different ways. It shows that you are confident with yourself, the things you are talking about and the overall situation. Like we mentioned earlier, you don’t have to feel confident, but you have to look confident. Make eye contact and throw in a couple smiles here and there to hide how nervous you really are.

3) Pause. Collect your thoughts
Sometimes when people get nervous they tend to speak faster and ramble on. To avoid this, use a few seconds to think about your answer after the interviewer asks the question. Pause between sentences to collect your thoughts if you have to. It’s ok to take your time to answer the question. Hiring managers are human too and don’t you want a well, thought out answers instead of something that doesn’t make any sense?

4) Pretend you’re trying to get to know the other person
This is easier said than done, but pretend it’s not an interview and just a casual conversation between you and someone you’re getting to know. This will ease your mind and take the pressure off. Get the fact that it’s a job interview out of your head (but still remain professional).

 

Why Can’t I Get My Dream Job? – A Frank Answer

So you’ve been looking for a job for a while and nothing is working. You’ve created a great resume, you interview excellently, but for some reason nobody is calling you back. You shake your fist at the economy, blame the poor job market, and bitterly think about how good you could be if they just gave you a chance. You need experience to get a job, and a job to get experience, this whole system is broken and designed specifically to ruin you – you who could be so amazing if only the world weren’t so pitted against you – how is anyone expected to succeed like this?

Stop. Stop right there.

Yes, the system is broken – that’s just how it goes. But that is not an excuse to sit at home all day complaining about it. Successful people happen every day, all the time, and they deal with the same system you do. Generally speaking, they aren’t special. They’re not smarter than you, or better looking than you or born into better circumstances. The only thing separating you from the hundreds of people finding success right at this moment is the effort you put into what you do.

Give it All You Got:
Yes, the job market is terrible. Successful people skirt that and make their own opportunities. Want to own a bakery? Start baking every single day. Learn to make the most delicious goddamn cupcakes on the face of this good green earth and give samples to your friends. Start selling them to their friends. Get a crap job on the side and save like a maniac with the goal of a bakery in mind. Be so good no one can ignore you. Be so good people line up outside just for a bite of one of your delicious pastries. Put hours and hours into perfecting what you do. If you want to be successful, you can’t half ass anything. Because there are 20 people who want the same thing as you do and they’re willing to put in the work.

Prepare Your Goals in Advance:
Make a list every morning of three things you want to do that will inch you closer to your goal. Find people who are doing what you want to do, ask to buy them lunch, and pick their brain about every detail of their success. Find out what kind of person excels in the industry and become that person. Zero in on this one thing and make your life about it. Live and breathe it, research it to death, do as much as you can on your own so when you’re finally being considered for that job, you’ll have a lot to show them.

Look Professional:
Pay attention to your appearance – in a perfect world it wouldn’t matter, but we don’t live in that world. People’s first impression of who you comes from how you look, so look like someone they’d want to hire. Maybe they’d love you if they got to know you, but that’s not good enough. Make them love you from the moment they see you until the moment you leave. Be charming and friendly and professional and show them you have initiative and the skills they want.

If all that sounds like too much effort then you have no right to complain about not having the job you want. If you press full speed ahead into your goals, they’ll get done. But if you’d like to lazily wander after them, then you will only experience mediocrity throughout your career path.

 

Job Fact: Job Search = Full-time Job

“Searching for a job is like a full-time job.”

We’re sure you’ve heard this phrase at some point, especially if you’re on the job hunt. The fact of the matter is, that it is true. Studies show that in order to be employed, one must treat their job search as a full-time job.

Now you might ask: “How do you expect me to sit in front of the computer for eight hours from Monday to Friday and look for jobs?” Here’s a wake up call. Treating your job as a full-time job does not mean sitting at your desk firing away resumes everyday – that’s just a portion of it. Another chunk of your day should be spent either volunteering/interning, attending industry seminars/events, mingling with professionals and making connections.

Last year, 1054 companies were surveyed and 58% said that all of their hiring was internal. This was either through employee referrals or company portals. Either way, making strong relationships with the right people (especially people who are in a position of power) will make a difference in your career path.

Source: U.S. News