Job hunting can be a long, daunting, and arduous process that gives unexpected twists and turns along the road to dream-job employment. Interviews tend to travel in packs and then mysteriously disappear for a time, creating a period with no job prospects in sight.
Basically, it’s a pain in the butt…
However, this job-interviewing off-time can turned to good use.
Take time out of the day to refine your brand, hone in on the skills you plan on showcasing to interested employers, update social media platforms (even join new ones), and practice interviewing yourself using a wide array of plausible interviewing questions.
I know this might sound something like this — “blah, blah, blah” — but in all reality, being on your game even when not interviewing will DEFINITELY help when you get yourself back out there.
1) Your personal summary or elevator pitch:
Your personal branding statement is extremely important because it provides a verbal first impression. It is a short, succinct, and focused statement which should summarize your worth, achievements, and goals. The brand can always be refined and tuned. Try to constantly develop it as you learn more about yourself and your job search. Mashable gives sound advice on how to start your personal branding process.
2) Skill sets:
It may sound somewhat ridiculous but you should have committed to memory what you are bringing to the table in regards to your tangible and intangible skill sets. Once skill sets are locked-in, match them to the company you are interviewing for and figure out how those skills will benefit the company. An employer wants to find out how you will benefit THEM, not the other way around.
3) Keep social media up-to-date:
If your personal brand and skill sets constantly evolve, the platforms that showcase them should evolve as well. Keep social media current and always make sure the platforms that showcase you and your skills and personal brand represent you in the best manner possible.
AKA no drunk-dude-holding-a-PBR pictures… capeesh?!
4) Practice makes permanent
Practicing relevant interview questions is key! It will enable you to sound smooth in an interview and will ease any anxieties by providing a boost of confidence.
The more you practice, the better off you will be. Once a prospective employer makes contact, you will be ready to prove yourself; your value will be immediately apparent for the potential employer to see because of well-practiced answers and meticulous preparation.
I find it easiest to apply to a few jobs followed by a half hour of interview practice. Grouping the job hunt into one block of my day frees up time and covers all-important aspects of my job hunt into a nice, tight two-hour block of time.
Remember, interviewing is an acquired skill and you can get rusty and uncertain if you fall out of practice. Refine your interviewing skills through constant repetition and be ready to blow interviewers off their feet with how impressively prepared you are!