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.

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Become A More Persuasive Salesperson

Become A More Persuasive Salesperson

 

When you approach someone with your product or service chances are they weren’t sitting around thinking about how much they’ve been wanting that thing you’re about to offer them. Persuasion is the art of helping them decide that yes in fact that something they are interested in.

 

Establish a rapport

The first thing you want to do is establish a rapport and that begins by finding some common ground. The best way to find that ground is through questions. Smile, act confident start the process of getting to know this individual in front of you a little.

 

Focus on the positives

You wouldn’t be promoting your product or service if it didn’t have great things going for it. Now that you’ve gotten to know the person a little see if you can line up some of those benefits with something you’ve gotten to know about that person.

 

Turning objections into strengths

If someone throws out an objection about your product and you don’t have an answer ready, by the time you come up with one you’ll most likely be looking at the backside of your potential customer.

 

Come up with ways to turn all the objections you know about into strengths. Agree with the person’s objection and then explain how it’s not really a problem at all because the product actually has these strengths. Every time you hear an objection write it down and then figure out the strengths you can highlight to overturn it.

 

Start small

You want to the person you’re speaking with to agree with something you’re saying. It doesn’t have to be a big thing or even have anything to do with your product or service. Once they’ve had a positive interaction with you on one point they’ll be more inclined to have another positive communication because once a flow of conversation is going in one direction it will tend to keep going in that direction. A smiling, nodding, positive conversation full of yeses will tend to stay on that track.

 

Show them the bandwagon

People like to be part of the group. If they believe most other people are doing something or are interested in something they want to be part of the majority. Let them know how much other people are using or enjoying your product or service. If you have statistics or testimonials, all the better.

Why You Should Keep A Journal

why you should keep a journal

 

When we say “journal” there’s a good chance you probably immediately think of middle school girls. However, deep teenage secrets are only one small use for the fantastic resource called journal. Here are a few other ones.

 

Keep track of important information

 

 

If you keep a running log of what happens each day, you have an excellent resource to go back and look at whenever you need it. When did I start on that assignment? What day did she say I needed to have this in by? What was the name of that new person I met a few days ago? With a journal all of these things easily accessible in the same place.

 

To-do lists

 

To-do lists are one of the all time best ways of keeping track of what needs doing and motivating yourself to do them. Oftentimes when we don’t write down our objectives they fall through the cracks of the day. After writing out the day’s progress and events, a journal is the perfect place to jot down a to-do list for the next day. That way when you wake up, you have the tasks of the day right there in front of you without having to wrack your brain trying to remember exactly what you wanted/needed to do.

 

Venting

 

As you are probably aware, it is a fantastically bad idea to complain about your job to A) a blog B) a co-worker C) anyone who might spread what you said back to a blog, a co-worker, or anyone else with any affiliation with your job.

 

You need to vent. No problem, just keep it between yourself and the pages of your journal. You remain classy, and all your negative thoughts about a boss who doesn’t listen, and a coworker who can’t seem to stay away from the garlic are out of your system and into the sympathetic pages of your journal.

Dealing With Difficult People

Dealing With Difficult People

 

Some people are pretty easy to get along with and others, how shall we say this – aren’t.

 

There are people who, no matter what you do, just aren’t very pleasant to have as roommates or co-workers or bosses. Since they exist, you need to be able to handle them. Here are some methods for dealing with difficult people.

 

Don’t try to change their minds

 

No matter how much you might think you are a shining example of what every human should be, some people are simply not going to like you. Some people are just going to be rude to you. And some people will be all out mean.

 

You didn’t do anything wrong, it’s not a fundamental flaw in your character, it’s just something that happens, so file these people away in your head as difficult, and move on.

 

There are a couple of things to remember here. One, don’t let their behavior get to you. Two don’t bother wasting your time to correcting their misconceptions. Don’t go out of your way to please these people, or work tirelessly to get on their good side. You’re wasting your effort. If you want to do something nice for someone, pick someone out of the reams of people who already like you.

 

Be secure enough not to need the approval of everyone. Just tolerate the difficult ones, be polite, and move on.  If you’re consistently excellent at what you do, they’ll come around. Or maybe they won’t. But it doesn’t matter because what they think of you isn’t your business.

 

Don’t get trapped in pointless arguments

 

Sometimes difficult people will start arguments for no reason aside from the fact that they like to turn everything into an argument. If you find yourself constantly arguing with certain people learn to disengage. Don’t waste your time or your breath trying to convince to sway them to your viewpoint. You are only allotted so much energy per day. Don’t waste it on pointless, winless endeavors.

 

Don’t be a doormat to them

If the difficult person in your orbit begins to move past being merely a jerk and it turns into straight up harassment, it’s no longer time to not engage. At that point you need to stand up for yourself and let a superior or a person of authority know about inappropriate behaviour.

 

There is a difference between learning to let difficult people’s rudeness roll off you, and allowing yourself to be truly abused by someone because you want to take the high road.

 

Difficult people are going to come into your life. Learn to deal with them and the difficulty will be passing.

Tip Tuesday: Intern or Volunteer After Graduation

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Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t found a job after graduation yet. Many recent grads are in the same boat as you. To pass the time and make it worthwhile, intern or volunteer somewhere that will help you gain experience and make connections in the industry you desire. Even if it’s unpaid, at least you are developing the skills and general work experience that will count for something on your resume.