Tuesday, October 25, 2016

7 psychological tricks to help you nail your job interview

Article originally published on Business Insider

When it comes to job interviews, how you act can make as much of a difference as what you say.
While interviewers consciously take note of the answers you provide, your body language reveals subconscious clues to your personality and attitude.
So how do you ensure that your body language is giving off the right vibes? A Quora thread discussed just that, answering the question: "What are some great psychology tips, tricks, and techniques that I can use during a job interview that will increase my chances of getting any job?"
We rounded up the best responses to help you nail your next job interview. Here are seven psychological tricks to amp up your chances:

1. Warm up

"When you get there early, go to the bathroom and warm your hands, either under hot water or under a hand dryer," suggests Susan Bearry. "Dry, warm hands inspire confidence. Cold, clammy hands are a big unconscious turn-off." Putting yourself in the right mindset from the start will calm your nerves and help you focus.

2. Mirror their movements

Mirroring your interviewer's hand gestures and breathing subtly shows them you're on the same page, says Quora user Zambelli Sylar Federico. But remember, it's more understated than flat-out copying their every move, which would likely come across as creepy. "They scratch their nose with left hand, you touch your face with right hand. They cross their legs, you cross legs the opposite way," Federico explains.

3. Take your time

You might feel compelled to answer each question right away, but don't be afraid to take a few seconds to collect your thoughts. Not only will your answer sound more articulate, but you'll sound more confident to your interviewer. "It communicates to people that you know your own value. The vibe is that of someone who knows that what they have to say is worth the extra wait," Tim Chi says.

4. Watch your body language

A nervous habit, such as cracking your knuckles or playing with your pen, can give the wrong impression to your interviewer. For example, avoid crossing your arms. "This gives off the vibe that you're closing in on yourself and not willing to understand," warns Melinda Edwards. Similarly, don't fidget too much. "This makes the interviewer uncomfortable, because they see how restless you are," she adds.

5. Bond with your interviewer

Finding common ground with your interviewer creates a personal connection that makes you more memorable and likeable. "Subtly compliment your interviewer on the questions he or she asks, or on some aspect of their personality," Susan Bearry says. "Try to find something that will bond you, such as commenting on pictures of his or her family, or sports teams."

6. Visualize your ideal interview

John Sannicandro recommends picturing yourself nailing the interview starting a few days beforehand. "Rehearse how you want to feel emotionally during the interview and get into that resourceful state many times during the days before," he says. "You will be better able to tap into that state when it counts." For example, if your nerves cause you to blurt out the first answer you think of, visualize yourself giving calm, composed responses — it will help you get into that mindset on the big day.

7. Read facial cues

Your interviwer's body language can provide valuable feedback to how the interview is going if you learn to read it correctly. For example, if they lock eyes with you, they're probably expecting you to elaborate more, says Quora user Abhishek A. Singh. Picking up on these nuances will help you tailor your responses to keep the interview on track.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 keys to composing an impactful resume

Article originally published on US News & World Report

Try this exercise with a friend or loved one:

Give the other person your resume, but limit their reading time to six seconds and instruct them to show you how much they were able to assimilate in that limited time.

Why six seconds? Because that's the amount of eyeball time your resume typically receives when it's being first reviewed by human resources staffers or hiring authorities. If you can't convey something that grabs their attention, chances are strong they won't hesitate to hit the "delete" button and end your chances of being considered, no matter how well-qualified you might be.

This fact should influence the decisions you make about the overall look and feel of your resume. How you organize your information, what you choose to include, your choice of words and graphic elements all should contribute to a clear and coherent message that can be grasped in six seconds. Even a simple line across the page can facilitate a reader's understanding or detract from it, depending on how it is used.

Here are some things you should strive for when creating your resume.

Make certain that even at a distance, your page looks inviting to read and that it is easy to follow the various sections, such as Skills, Professional Experience, Education, etc. Using color to highlight the section titles can make a difference in this regard.

Is there enough white space on the page to avoid looking like a solid blob of ink?

Have pity on people with poor eyesight by not going any lower than 10-point type. Use standard, easy-to-read fonts like Calibri or Optima, or others with similar weighting.

Audience accessibility
It is likely that within your target company, a variety of types of people with diverse backgrounds and roles will be reading your resume. For example, HR, financial and technical professionals all may weigh in on a resume's value. It is important that the document speak to each of them in ways that they can appreciate and value.

Especially if you are in a field with its own particular vocabulary that is unknown to non-specialists, make sure you do your best to explain things in a way that can be commonly understood. When you list obscure tools or techniques that you are accustomed to using, take pains to also convey what results or accomplishments you attained by using them.

Present your personal brand
It might be that your resume surfaces because it came up in a sourcer's search as possessing the right keywords. Congratulations! But now, as they begin to read it, a succinct and well-crafted branding statement at the top can truly set your document apart from others using the same keywords. In the top few lines, just under your name and contact information, it is essential that you give a "helicopter view" of yourself, conveying your essential qualities, areas of expertise and specific content that only you can offer the employer. Keep it to no more than four or five lines, tops!

Get rid of ambiguities
A resume recently reviewed by your author had this line: "Devised solutions that produced the desired results." Lines like this convey no real information and leave questions about the candidate's ability to communicate clearly.

When asked, "What were the problems requiring solutions? What kind of solutions did you develop? What were the desired results and how were they achieved?" the response was: "I'll get into that when I have an interview."

Sadly, ambiguous statements like these are counterproductive to getting the desired interview, and are likely to sink one's chances of getting to the point of explaining their exceptional skills and talents.

Avoid stock phrases and clich├ęs
Expunge what you think a resume "has to have" if you believe stock phrases like "aggressive go-getter," "results driven," or "excellent communication skills" are necessary. You'll immediately generate a yawn or a grunt on the part of your resume reader.

They've seen all these and more countless times! Instead, utilize clearly thought out phrases and sentences that demonstrate the results your "go-getter" qualities generated, thereby communicating effectively.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

The difference between hard and soft skills

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

7 things to consider when deciding where to intern

Article originally published on Huffington Post

If you have multiple offers for an internship position, how do you decide which one to take? First of all, congratulations—this is what’s referred to as a “high class problem.” Second, by considering the following information, you’ll stand a great chance of making the right choice and fast-tracking your career.
1. Which company has the most name recognition?
Having an internship on an indie film that never sees the light of day may be terrific real world experience, but it’s not as good a resume builder as summer intern at Paramount, or office intern for the next JJ Abrams film. In the beginning, you want to have the most recognizable companies or projects on your resume. Even if it’s subconscious, a future employer will think, “Well, I’m sure a big studio like Paramount really vets their employees, so this candidate would be a good bet for us, too.” It gives you instant credibility and makes you stand out from a pack.
2. Is it paid?
Student loans are real. So, depending on your situation, you might need to take something for the money. I’d like to think we live in a world that values experience over a dollar, but we have to be realistic.
3. What’s the company’s success rate of interns becoming full-time employees?
Some internships are just places to learn. But one day, it could be a place for you to earn. So, ask the question—as one opportunity might have better long term potential than another.
4. How many days a week/hours in a week will you be working?
Every situation is different and you need to make sure that you can keep your grades up and also give the required time and effort to an internship. Be realistic with yourself about how much you can handle. A CAA internship is a regular 40 hour work week, while an entertainment finance company might have you come in once a week for an afternoon.
5. Will you have access to the executives?
Most internships are spent doing work that nobody else wants to do. A few years ago, I had an intern working on other side of my desk. Literally. I said, “If this is uncomfortable to be this close, I totally get it, but we don’t have the space for you, and I don’t mind at all.” He was doing data entry, had a great personality, and was easy to be around. He would engage me in conversation and was interested in the stories of where I worked and with whom. He was an excellent intern. When he completed his internship, I told him I’d be happy to be a reference for him anytime. Well, a few months later, he wanted a job at Ben Silverman’s company, Electus. Because of our conversations over the summer, he knew that I knew Ben. Without hesitation I emailed Ben, telling him about this fantastic intern. Ben responded, and my intern was hired by Electus! Take the internship that will give you the best access to some of the executives who could eventually help you.
6. Are you interested in what the company is known for?
If you love reality TV, working for Evolution Media, producers of The Real Housewives of OC and BH would be ideal for you. This is where you can really shine. If you’re asked to cover the phones when the receptionist has a doctor’s appointment, you’ll look like a star when all of those hours of TV watching actually help your career. A woman on the phone named Lisa calls for the Head of the Company, you intuitively know to ask, “Is this Ms. Vanderpump or Ms. Rinna?” It shows that you’re really invested in what the company does and that you’d make a great future employee. Let your natural interest be your guide.
7. Location
Will it be easy for you to get to and from the internship and still make your classes? Will it make sense for you to drive everyday from your apartment downtown LA to Canoga Park to work for 2 hours? The answer to that one is a definite no; it will be more hassle than it’s worth. If it were a full-time job, I’d feel differently. But if you’re deciding between two internships, then accounting for traffic and distance is essential.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

How to stand out in your job search

As you blankly stare at your computer screen, you cant help but ask yourself, “Am I really doing this again? Am I really applying for another job?” Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Despite countless applications, the only thing you have to show for your efforts is automatic email responses and endless frustration. How can you get past this phase and into the interview room? How can you stand out from your competition?

Use the right vocabulary
Competition in the job market is fierce, and you need a winning resume. Hiring managers spend less than 10 seconds looking at a resume and its your job to ensure that yours doesn’t land in the “rejects pile”. In order to do so, you must choose the right vocabulary. When you skim the job posting, pull out key words and sprinkle them throughout your application. Not only will this catch a recruiterseye, but it will ensure that you make it through applicant tracking systems as well.

Key words are only step one; your entire resume needs to feature strong vocabulary. Consider the following bullet point: “Answered phones and took messages for the main office.” Now when you make a few edits it looks like this, “Maintained open lines of communication between clients and the main office.” The latter is a much stronger description.

Gain relevant experience
Whether you intern or volunteer, experience is essential. After all, many entry-level jobs tend to ask for 1-2 years of experience. What better way to do so than through internships? They will provide you with a foundation to build off of and teach you the necessary skills you’ll need throughout your career. Nowadays, there are many paid internships or ones that can be used for school credit; it’s a win-win.

Volunteer work is another great way to gain experience. It shows hiring managers that you are passionate about certain causes, and that you’re willing to further develop your skillsets. In addition, volunteering offers you a way to take on leadership positions, which hiring managers look for when they review applications.

Stay current on industry trends
In order to stand out in an interview, you need to wow the recruiter with your knowledge. Not only do you need to know terminology, but you need to stay on top of industry trends as well. Your interviewer could test your knowledge and you want to be ready to impress!

Stay informed by following industry-related blogs. There are thousands of blogs you can subscribe to. Doing so will give you topics to discuss in your interview, put you ahead of your competition, and expand your knowledge exponentially. Another great way to stay current is through social media. Many companies and news sources utilize Facebook/Twitter as a primary information source these days, and it shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

35 habits that make employees extremely valuable

Article originally published on Inc.

An employee doesn’t have to be a top salesperson to bring exponential value to a company. Amazing employees stand out from the crowd in many other ways. Simply put, their contribution far outweighs their cost, regardless of their expense.

Many employers today are willing to pay top dollar for the right people, but often they wouldn't recognize those “A” players, because they aren’t looking for the right traits or they are too self-absorbed to know a good thing when they have it. Well, here is a list of traits that can easily be observed for solid company ROI.

If you are an employee, strive to make each of these a habit. If you are an employer, appreciate and reward the behavior.

1. They don't wait to be asked.

Many employers are accustomed to just telling people what to do. Employees create value when they anticipate what is needed and get it done without any prompting.

2. They attack the disease, not the symptoms.

So much company time goes to firefighting on a reactive basis. Employees create value when they assess the root cause of the problems and make systemic change that eliminates the problems completely. 

3. They are the pressure release, not the pressure builder.

Stress is natural in the workplace, and uptight people can feed off each other. Employees create value when they help people decompress so they can improve productivity.

4. They plan the work and work the plan.

Haphazard thinking and action usually delivers mediocre results. Employees create value when they add effective structure and drive the team forward with efficiency.

5. They do their homework.

Idea generation is useful, but not every suggestion is beneficial or appropriate. The wrong proposal can cause distraction or even derail the team. Employees create value when they research ideas before implementation so that little effort is wasted on the unachievable.

6. They look to be smarter than the boss.

People are never infallible, and even leaders need to learn. Employees create value when they bring knowledge to the table that fills the boss's blind spots.

7. They view the path five steps ahead.

Many workers can barely see the tasks right in front of their face. Employees create value when they are looking out beyond step one and two. Often they will solve issues before they even come close to occurring.

8. They act with the big picture in mind.

People who only work in their own isolation often cause challenges for those in other parts of the company. Employees create value when they work to comprehend how their efforts impact the whole so they can adjust accordingly.

9. They build bridges, not bombs.

There are plenty of people looking to sabotage others while trying to get ahead. Employees create value when they encourage camaraderie and an environment where a rising tide lifts all boats.

10. They cross-train themselves and others.

A company with specified individualists is in constant danger of losing expertise or capability. Employees create value when they increase redundancy of process and talent. 

11. They create a circle of influence.

A growing company needs leaders. Employees create value when they can inspire others to make things happen both internally and externally.

12. They work ahead of the curve.

The future is always moving closer, and signs of what's to come are always present. Employees create value when they are future curious and consider what's to come in their actions and thinking.

13. They proactively and effectively communicate.

Being ambiguous or leaving people hanging contributes to a frustrating work environment. Employees create value when they instigate consistent and complete communication that keeps everyone informed.

14. They know when to lead and how to follow.

A leader can't lead all the time if others are going to grow. Employees create value when they encourage others to step up and support them as the enthusiastic second in command.

15. They fight for what's right and commit to the achievable.

People who push without basis can eat time and cause consternation. Employees create value when they stand up for their beliefs and take a pragmatic view before going all in. 

16. They make the office a great place to work.

People who are negative bring down morale and demotivate. Employees create value when they help create a positive environment that others can't wait to join.

17. They integrate time for learning and working on the company.

There is more to growth than just the daily grind. Employees create value when they grow themselves in ways that can help advance the company toward lofty objectives.

18. They motivate their co-workers and superiors.

People need encouragement, no matter their position. Employees create value when they make everyone feel good about what they do and why they do it.

19. They instigate admiration for the company.

One bad representative of the company reflects on the whole crew. Employees create value when they provide a positive image that reflects well on everyone else.

20. They make others look amazing.

A showoff can alienate the whole team, creating frustration and rancor. Employees create value when they share credit with others on the team, elevating everyone's happiness and confidence. 

21. They create pleasant surprises everyday.

Any work environment can become dull and unimaginative. Employees create value when they stimulate energy and creativity in the workplace.

22. They are problem solvers, not whiners.

Constant complaining runs rampant in the business world. Employees create value when they brush aside the complaints and help people focus on the resolution.

23. They clean up messes.

Even the most productive people can sometimes move so fast the details are left undone. Employees create value when they make sure the company is safe, compliant, and protected from carelessness. 

24. They maintain a happy home, at home.

Home life can easily intrude on the workplace, making others uncomfortable and creating distraction. Employees create value when they establish boundaries and set an example of work-life balance so others can learn from their best practices.

25. They turn troublemakers into rainmakers.

There will always be problem people in business. Employees create value when they can turn cynics into advocates and fear mongers into champions.

26. They resolve unhealthy conflict.

The workplace is stressful, and often people channel that stress onto others. Employees create value when they can diffuse tense situations and help people return to civility.

27. They engage in healthy conflict.

A company without strong debate is bound to head over a cliff or be passed by eventually. Employees create value when they bring important issues to the table, even when against the popular view.

28. They make most things seem easy, especially when they are not.

Work today is more involved then ever before. Employees create value when they manage tasks seamlessly, inspiring others to raise their performance as well. 

29. They don't just do, they teach.

Companies need people who can help others grow. Employees create value when they improve the work force and delegate, giving others the opportunity to gain proficiency and confidence.

30. They manage obstacles as if they were opportunities.

Bumps in the road are bound to happen. Employees create value when they take on those issues with positivity and excitement.

31. They expand everyone's network of influence.

A company doesn’t grow by accident, and the CEO can't be the only one to get the good word out. Employees create value when they promote the company as evangelists, generating opportunities at every turn.

32. They influence often, and manipulate when necessary.

Sitting in a corner and grinding out tasks is the minimum work for pay. Employees create value when they encourage people to reach their potential and help them overcome their internal demons.

33. They leave a trail of manageable process behind.

Often companies move so fast they are constantly reinventing the wheel. Employees create value when they document what works and encourage replication. 

34. They attract other valuable employees.

Valuable employees are hard to find, but they tend to know each other. Employees create value when they act as a beacon for others looking to be exemplary.

35. They embody the company's core values.

A company misaligned is a company adrift and unlikely to succeed long term. Employees create value when they demonstrate to others the behavior and attitudes that will lead everyone to success.

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Read the original article published on Inc. 

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