Justin Timberlake’s sense of urgency is clear. He’s only got four minutes to save the world. In your job search, you won’t be that lucky. First impressions are formed in less than 30 seconds. Related: 5 Tips For Making The Best Impression In An Interview Psychology Today says we process small clues, everything from tone of voice to posture, and in a snap we form a larger picture in our minds. This means that hiring managers may draw conclusions, and finalize their opinions, in under a minute. One study found that people shown 20 second video segments of job applicants formed similar opinions to hiring managers who were given 20 full minutes with the applicants. Now, that’s a snap decision.
It can be tough dealing with a hot-head boss. But how can you handle his or her hot temper and keep your cool at the same time? Related: 7 Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You If you missed quasi-celebrity and full-fledged entrepreneur boss Patti Stanger berating her stylist, then you don’t watch enough reality TV. And, you missed a great learning moment.
You’ve read the job description, but the interview is the time to read between the lines. Find out as much as you can about the company you may work for before you take the job. It could save you time and frustration down the line. Related: Top 3 Interview Questions You Should Ask We all know to have questions prepared when we head into an interview. It makes us look interested and on the ball. But the list of questions you ask a potential employer should be as much about you interviewing them, as them interviewing you.
Most of us have no problem determining how to market our companies or our products. Thinking of ourselves as a brand, however, takes a little mental adjustment. But it can be a smart way to manage a career. Find out how to brand yourself successful with the following steps: The first step is to stop thinking of yourself as an employee and start thinking of yourself as a company. Consider this:
On his blog, Seth Godin talked about outdated career advice. Advice geared towards getting a job in a Fortune 500 company. The same advice that’s been circulating for decades and geared toward the same companies responsible for a net loss of jobs over the last twenty years. The job market is changing. Not only are Fortune 500 companies no longer creating jobs, the standards they use to hire and to promote are no longer relevant in the current job market. LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur Ben Casnocha believe the key to thriving in this new market is to stop relying on outdated career advice and to start treating your career the same way entrepreneurs treat their young businesses. To succeed today, they believe you need to treat your career like a start-up.
@chuckdietrich @sliderocket I want to work with you! Find my application here: http://portal.sliderocket.com/AIWCI/IwanttoworkatsliderocketIn less than an hour Dietrich had responded:
@hannaphan @sliderocket AMAZING Preso! Let’s talk.Hanna got the job. For Brooks, one of his now key employees sent his information storybook style with alternate endings based on where the reader wanted to go. “By the time I was done with the resume I knew this kid was special. He had something to offer this company that most people don’t,” Brook explains. He says getting your foot in the door is the hardest step, so you need to be creative to get there. So does this mean you don’t need a resume at all? No. In most cases you need some record or back story that shows what you’ve done. The message here is the resume itself is not your ticket to ride. Your personality, your gumption and your creativity are what will turn the heads of business owners. So if you’re ready to get creative, you might want to reach out to both of these entrepreneurs, because both companies are hiring now! For more tips from entrepreneurs, or to find out more about jobs with these two companies, check out the Three to Get Ready video series on WorkingForWonka. Kathy Ver Eecke, founder of Working for Wonka, is a former marketing executive who now works as a writer and speaker on the topic of surviving the start-up environment and working for an entrepreneur. Photo credit: Rido/Shutterstock.com