Getting Someone’s Attention

We all have a need for attention. Whether it be through a physical touch, verbal praise or just mentally knowing someone is interested in you. I know this sounds like a dating post but I assure you its not, I am far from the expert in that field as some of you know.

With the surge of social media, attention is a rare commdodity in todays society. Everybody is vying for your attention. Companies and their commercials(think Super Bowl), the various social media sites(If you’re like me they all have my attention, twitter, klout, facebook, google+..), politicians all telling you want they think you want to hear, news networks and the list goes on.

All of these groups understand the more attention they grab, the stronger the influence they have. Please “like” our page on Facebook! Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it seems like everyday I’m getting a new request to like something I know nothing about. But this transformation in society begs the question, “What does this mean for me?” …

ADAPT OR BE DESTROYED

Survival of the fittest. Adaption is the key to success during time of change and stress. And if ever the job market has changed and stressed, it’s Now. So how have you changed? Adapted? How fit are you to grab the attention you want?

As the job seeker, you are seeking attention of the people who have what you want, the job, career, pay raise etc. So, in the new economy if we want to beat it, we have to adapt and evolve. Assume the old rules and ways are obsolete. Companies have stopped reading resume’s online, no more paper applications and no more newspaper ads.

What do you do? 3 New ways to grab Attention…

1. Hit the Pavement – This tip isn’t really new, it’s just rarely ever used now a days. With everyone putting their resume’s online and applying to the companies job archives you rarely see this tip in action. Pick your top 5 companies that you have already submitted a resume’ or application to and just show up a few days later. Be dressed to the nines, smile and ask “Is the hiring manager here?” It’s even better if you have the name of the person and then I would advise asking for them by their first name. Because very few people if any take the time to come in person and you already know the name, the receptionist will most likely assume you know the manager and get them for you. Now you have a wonderful opportunity to make a great first impresssion and show how much more dedicated, persistent and creative you are than the others. I can’t tell you how many times this has worked for me.

2. It’s all about Value – Many people use the word “networking” but few actually connect on this concept. People think that getting business cards or exchanging contact info is networking and it’s not. It’s literally one of many steps in the process. For those of you that have exchanged contact info with people that are connected or ones that you would like to work with you need to follow up with them and use this. For those of you that haven’t start right away. The next time you get introduced to someone or get a business card, strike a conversation up about their business, ask questions and figure out what they value most in their business or the biggest problem they’re having and help them solve it before you ask for anything. How do you solve it? Do research, send them a contact of someone you know who can help them, email them an article you found and say “Thought you’d like this, hope you’re well.” And when the time is right ask them for help or an interview or whatever it may be.

3. The Video Resume’ – This is the future of resumes. If you do it now, you WILL be a head of the curve. Make a video of yourself and you are pretty much explaining exactly what’s on your resume’. Start with your personal info, smile, show how personable you are and then move into your experience and what you look forward to doing. Send it in an email, a facebook message, post it to your LinkedIn profile etc.

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.” – Chinese proverb

 

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By Christopher Sankey

@DMSank

 

Don’t Make This Interview Mistake.

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” -Oscar Wilde

It is true that interviewing for anything is an art. Maybe you’ve recently seen politicians being interviewed and you can visibly see them dancing around questions or successfully and usually unsuccessfully trying to spin their answers. The ones who do it well have mastered their craft.

Great interviews no matter what the field are often achieved through subtlety. There is always an objective to be achieved, an impression someone wants to portray, a position they are trying to convince people to take or in the job seekers case…actually that’s a good point, what is the true objective of someone being interviewed for a job? Obviously, to get the job but that’s where most of you go wrong, you never move past that determination and dig deeper.

The true question to ask ourselves is “What do we have to do to get the employer to take Action and pull the trigger?”

Do you know the answer? Luckily, I do.

The art of the interview and the subtlety of the process is a formula. I will encourage you to define exactly how these parts pertain to you individually and leave that up to your judgement.

WARNING: Some of the material may seem basic and common sense but I don’t think you are surprised about how many people lack common sense or commit the major mistake of having knowledge without implementing, which is useless.

Secret(meaning not so secret but most people fail to do) Interview Recipe:

1. Great Beginnings – Eye contact, firm handshake, smile and in a clear, confident voice say “Nice to meet you, thanks for taking the time to meet with me today.”

2. The Personality – Most people are confused as to how much personality they should reveal in an interview. They are worried about being too dry or overly personable and looking unprofessional. Ask yourself these questions and find the balance

  • Am I coming off as confident or cocky?
  • Did I show a sense of humor or did I look goofy?
  • Was I well-mannered or brown-nosing?
  • Was I being positive or did I seem fake?
  • Did I strive for excellence or try to look perfect?
  • Did I prove I am well-rounded?
  • Was I professional or up tight?

Most of us know the difference between all of these and could cite examples of how to execute each but the distinguished is in how subtle you handle each situation.

3. Bringing it Home – At the end of the interview, it is important no matter how well you think it went to finish strong. End with a combination of : Thanking them again, stating you enjoyed the process and look forward to impacting the organization. It is also advised to ask “What is the next step?”

Think about these concepts, rehearse you answers with a focus on being subtle and most important when the time comes implement and execute.

Michelangelo said it best, “A man paints with his brains not with his hands.”

If this was helpful in anyway, I ask you pass it along and share with others. There is no better way to impact each other and change our situation than to help.

By Christopher Sankey   @DMSank