How can you project confidence when you don't feel it? Related: Why Am I Getting Knocked Out After The First Interview? One of the most interesting things I learned from my days as an actor was seeing how audiences tended to remember what a person did much more than how they did it. In other words, if you take the correct actions, despite not being Mr./Ms. Confident, you'll trigger the same response as though you were. The goal: establishing yourself as the candidate who can deliver the most VALUE. Someone who is in demand, understands his/her worth, and is willing to advocate for it. Here are some actions to help you get there:
Rule #1 of salary negotiation: the first offer is never the best one. All companies build in padding in anticipation of a counteroffer, and anyone who tells you otherwise or tries to frame it as a take-it-or-leave-it situation isn't dealing squarely with you. Related: How To Answer Interview Questions About Salary
Did you know that 89% of recruiters report having hired someone through LinkedIn? Or that over ten million people found their current job through LinkedIn? Related: 4 Rookie Mistakes You Need To Avoid On LinkedIn If you’ve been satisfied with a “placeholder” LinkedIn profile up to this point, or feel like landing a job through the site isn’t a viable option, STOP. The hiring landscape has changed, permanently, and those who adapt will secure the best opportunities.
I’m a big fan of the X-Men comic books, and have always loved the powers of Dr. Charles Xavier, who is telepathic. Who wouldn’t want the ability to instantly read a person’s mind and affect their behavior? This skill would come in extremely handy during interviews with hiring managers, many of whom seem to belong squarely to the school of “Say little and express even less.” Related: How Hiring Managers Make Decisions
Have you ever walked out on a job? Back in the early days of my career, I did. It was around 6 pm on a Friday, and my boss had just asked me to spend an extra three hours in the office with zero advance notice. This had been happening for months, and in that moment I finally reached my breaking point. Related: Is It Time To Quit Your Job? "I'm done," I said (although my heart was thumping so hard it's hard to know for sure). "You can do your own overtime." And I was out! The exhilaration of quitting lasted right up until the elevator hit ground floor, when I suddenly remembered that I had zero job prospects on the horizon, and far too many bills that needed paying. Don't make the same mistake I did! No matter how devalued and aggravated you feel at your current job, it is critical to plan your exit strategically. Because the best revenge isn't quitting; it's landing a far better job.