Is it the art of getting hired or is it the science of getting hired? Or is it a crapshoot – buy a lottery ticket, attend a job fair, air out a resume and hope for the best?
If you’ve been out of a job for a while; it can all drive you nuts.
But you know what?
At the end of the day, it’s still a game of inches. If you’ve been getting shut down, then someone else is an inch ahead of you.
Put together a great resume – dressed it up with an on-the-mark cover letter – and you’re not there. Everything you do is to get your foot in the door. It’s all to get that face-to-face encounter.
And then it all comes down to:
“Most people work hard pulling down degrees and polishing resumes in hopes of impressing hiring managers. But many neglect to master one of the most important hot buttons for employers – body language.”
In her article, “Mastering the Art of Confidence,” Sue Shellenberger quotes Noah Zandan in saying;
“No matter how hard a person tries to perfect a presentation or job-interview answers, 90% of listeners’ first impressions of a speaker remain unchanged after hearing the content of his or her message, Zandan says.”
That’s powerful stuff. All that work and you could conceivably blow in the first 90 seconds.
So, the proactive solution.
Practice, critique, practice, critique, and practice more…
What made Jerry Rice better than those more “gifted” than him; Jerry Rice practiced relentless. He knew it was a game of inches. One inch ahead of that corner or defensive back put him in the open.
Here’s a better idea…
I can’t say enough good things about Toastmasters. Toastmasters could be the key to you becoming more poised and building more confidence. It gives you a chance and opportunity to practice in front of people who care.
Toastmasters is about helping people be better public speakers. But it does more than that. It builds confidence in people. It builds “leaders.”
But do not – do not – forget that no one hires a resume or a cover letter.
They hire you!
So, invest the sweat equity of participating in your local Toastmaster. It’ll the best investment you’re make. In fact, long after you’ve been hired and gainfully employed; you’ll still want to be a part of the Toastmaster family.
Good Luck, Hyo