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

 

Strengthen Your Job-Getting Muscles: 6 Ways To Increase Your Employment Stock

I was in a situation, as a student, where it was difficult to get experience that qualified me for a job because I didn’t have a job. I’m assuming people who are unemployed right now and in between jobs may feel the same way; too far away from their dream job. So here are 6 ways to get experience, build your resume, and build your confidence, to get you closer to that dream job, without even having a job!

1. Start a personal blog and write good stuff. Ben Franklin said “Write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” We all know (or should know) that social media is becoming a bigger and bigger player in getting a job. A blog that has good content about your field can say a lot about you and what you will bring to the table as a future employee for a company.

2. If you aren’t currently working, find an organization that you can volunteer with and provide significant value for. This can help you develop new skills and  meet new people, both of which will help your employment stock.  This is also a good way to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack by giving back to the community and making a name for yourself.

3. Read more books. Especially in your desired field. The more knowledgeable you are, the more confident you will be, the more likely you are to get the job you want, the more motivated you will be to get off your ass and find it! As of December 2011, the average American is unemployed for 40 weeks. If you just read 10 pages a day for that amount of time it would be the  equivalent of 14 200 page books. My guess is, if you implement some of these tips those 40 weeks will be shortened drastically.

4. Attend events and conferences in your field. 2 purposes: become more knowledgeable and networking. Events and conferences can give you fire power for resumes and future interviews. Many of the people attending these conferences are valuable tools to connect you with your next job and future dream job.

5. Get fit. Exercise more. A fit body results in a fit mind which can result in a fit job. Exercise will increase your energy, increase your confidence, and increase your appearance. And if you don’t think employers judge you on your appearance, you’re crazy, whether you think its right or not. If you don’t like exercising for exercising sake (I don’t either) join a recreational league of some sort. Most cities have fairly inexpensive leagues you can participate in.

6. Get on a schedule and start the habit of planning. Just because you are unemployed doesn’t mean it is time for vacation. Most people who are unemployed aren’t in a situation to turn unemployment into leisure time. Finding a job is now your job. Sticking to a consistent schedule and having daily and weekly objectives will increase your effectiveness and keep you sane. Most importantly, It is an extremely valuable habit to create for your future.

Whether it is one of these or all of these that you implement, I can guarantee a better chance at employment. Remember, you can’t just read this and never look at it again and expect a job to fall in your lap. Knowledge isn’t power, the application of knowledge is power.

Written by: Ray Reed

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