In addition of the 6 listed in the pyramid, I always focus on finding those special skills that may or may not come up at an interview or may not be listed in the resume. Read them below and you may agree with my list or start thinking about developing your own list:
1. Ability to make decisions and solve problems: If you are coming to me with a problem, I will expect you to bring what you think would be a possible solution(s) as well.
2. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work: These days government, corporations and non-profit's are struggling to get the job done with less staff, less funding and less general resources. There is no way that everything will get done without considering these steps.
A. If you are the manager, please be realistic; set your priorities ahead; and provide clear directions, deadlines and expectations to your employees.
B. If you are the employee with several critical projects to complete, you must communicate and work with your manager, in order to be clear about what he/she expects, then prioritize and deliver on time.
3. Charismatic with the ability to influence others: An employee could be extremely smart and knowledgeable in the technical aspects of the job. However, that will not necessarily translate to success. I believe that employees also need to be leaders that would promote the organizational mission with passion in order to make others want to be part of it. Most leaders are born with certain degree of leadership, but I also believe that it is a skill that can be learned.
4. Ability to work in a team structure: Unless you are coming to a job that requires zero interactions with internal or external customers, I would expect you to be a team member; and that you would be “unselfish” enough to share new ideas or ways of doing things with your colleagues, without expecting taking the credit for it. After all, we are in this together.
5. Creativity: I look for signs of the person being creative and able to improvise as necessary to get the job done. This is self-explanatory.
Trying to get settle during your first month on the job can be compared to any other stressful situation in life, not necessarily job related. For instance, a girl meets a good looking boy and want him to like her; a couple meets in-laws for the first time and want to make a great impression; or you move to a new neighborhood and would like the neighbors to welcome you and make you part of their neighborhood. It is all human nature; we all want to fit in, smoothly.
So, what are you supposed to do when you go to work during those first few weeks? You want to fit in smoothly.
First, you must understand that any new job is not only about experience, competency and proficiency. It also requires good people skills. You are the new kid on the block, and all eyes are on you. In order to be successful, you must be pleasant to everyone, including those who are not in high positions. In other words, be humble. You must show people who you really are with your actions. You must earn their trust, and moreover, be approachable and pleasant. This is not to be misinterpreted as having to become your co-workers buddy. However, you will have to find a balance between being a “professional” co-worker and a friend.
However, if instead you are their supervisor/manager, other etiquette is expected from you, in order to be accepted and be able to manage effectively. Remember, that you are now the leader who will be providing directives and guidance that must be followed and executed. Only you, based on your particular situation, can develop that relationship at work with your staff or with your co-workers. Make sure that whichever your situation is, you set the parameters of the relationship from the get-go, and demonstrate with your interactions with them that you are honest, pleasant, friendly, unpretentious and approachable. These tips will help you to survive not only during that first month, but for many years thereafter.
You worked so hard and now employers really want you. However, you did not get one but several job offers and you like something from each of these offers. There is no right formula to tell you which one to select, as this is your own decision. The reality is that you will have to select the offer that makes you happy. Unfortunately, sometimes that selection may not necessarily be the one that pays the most.
You are looking to be in a place where you can develop all your talents, a place where you would like to wake up every morning to go to and feel the excitement of what you are going to create, produce, deliver, or whatever your trade is. However, you may not have the answer right now on top of your head, unless you go through “soul vs. facts” assessment.
This time, I am going to go back to a prior chart information that I gave you in one of my posts. It is a chart that will help you to make that decision. Remember that you do not accept a job offer for a couple of weeks, it is for quite a longer time, therefore, you can use every piece of help to make it right for you. So, here is the chart again. Put your heart into it and if it’s money what you need, or something to make you happy, well, you will make that call. Good luck to you!
Develop a 7 column chart with this information: Employer, Salary, Commute, Benefits, Perks, Job Makes me Happy and Score. Make sure you give a Score to each offer from 1-10, (10 will be your best score)
CONGRATULATIONS! You just received a call or a letter for a job interview. You were selected because you have got what the employer requires as competencies and experience, based on what you wrote in your resume. Well, guess what, now is the time to demonstrate in person what the employer saw in paper. In spite of the fact that as you escalate the job search stages it becomes harder and harder to obtain that job, it will be easier if you feel 100% confident in your skills and furthermore, in how effective and convincing you will be communicating them.
These are my 15 rules to follow to ace a job interview.
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