Material by Chris Maymire
I attend the local chapter of Business Professional Exchange. Every week we have a lesson and some practice on getting a job. I’ve learned a great deal so far. Below are notes I took of Mr. Waymire’s recent class on the Quality of Being.
What kind of BEING do you need in a job search?
BE AVAILABLE – Let people know you are available. Don’t assume they know.
BE NICE to everybody.
- Help the interviewer be the best interviewer.
- Use rejection letter to write NICE thank you letter reinforcing your skills (maybe they hired the wrong person…).
- For what you want to be remembered for, be on your toes
- Be appropriate in every interaction.
- Be on your BEST behavior.
Be KNOWN and Be SEEN.
- Use networking events and get to as many as you can. Networking is about establishing relationships.
- Be together with people to network.
- Be connected through networking. Seventy percent of people getting hired knew someone who did delegating bragging for them.
BE IN COMMUNICATION
- Be CONFIDENT
- Be ENTHUSIASTIC… Smile! Ask Questions, be engaged.
- What do you want? Be clear about it.
- Be TARGETED – No shotgun resume approach.
- DON’T look for the HR person, look for the person I can get my resume to who can get it to a decision maker
- Embrace failure as a learning experience.
- Every job search is a series of no’s followed by a yes.
- Be COMMITTED. Don’t just dabble at a job search
- Be IN CONTROL. Statistically, takes over 5 hours per day of focusing on Job search to be successful. Spend the time to become an expert at getting a job.
- Be able to teach the interviewer. Do homework and digging ahead of time.
Be Healthy – can speak to your impression of commitment to the job.
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Our class then brainstormed “BE” Qualities and here are the combined results.
- Be Timely — 10 or 15 minutes early.
- Follow instructions on resumes
- Where do I want to spend my time in my search?
- Be Proactive — Anticipate things, planning preparing, not waiting for someone to do it for you
- Be Helpful – what goes around comes around… share Job Leads
- Be Assertive – not aggression or pushy, but I have a right to ask
- For what I want
- Be Careful – Watch for scams and pitfalls, false assumptions
- But proceed!
- Watch for the minefields: not prepared for interview, late, cant find it, etc.
- Be Teachable & Open minded
- Willing to learn, able to take suggestions
- Be a Mentor/Teacher to help others
- Be Sensitive especially to other cultures.
- Be Honest and Genuine
- Be Hopeful
- Be Respectful – treat others the way you want to be treated
- Be Responsible – be a worker someone wants to employ
- Be Upbeat – positive – don’t bad mouth previous employer
- Be Diligent
- Be Connected
- Be Receptive
- Be Prepared (Get good at interviewing)