Optimism? In This Job Market?

by Betsy Thayer

 

It is a difficult time to be optimistic.  If you are unemployed, trying to find a job can be a maddening endeavor.  It seems the longer you have been without a job, the harder it is to find one.  How do you escape the endless cycle?

You might be daunting to think there are so many people for so few open positions.  Why apply if 100 others are doing the same?  Even if you do score an interview what good is it if you never hear back from them?

Confidence is key in every interaction.  Interviews are no exception.  If you walk into the interview with the mindset that you will get the job it can only be to your benefit.  Make eye contact, sit up straight, and shake that hand like you mean it.  Another important tool is having prepared questions in advance.  Show the interviewer that you are well-versed in the subject and care about this potential opportunity.

Attire is another import component to the confidence.  Dress to impress and show the interviewer that you cared enough about the meeting to get dressed up.  Imagine if you walked into an interview wearing a wrinkled shirt and a tie with a mustard stain?  Now imagine walking into the interview with a pressed suit and a winning smile.  Which outfit would give you more confidence?

Giving yourself the necessary tools to be successful can help you get the job you want.

One Response to Optimism? In This Job Market?

  1. The hiring Managers play lot of trciks to check how serious you are about the job. So they may ask you questions about ‘extra-curricular’ topics rather than the position at hand. The job seeker must be smart enough to turn the topic to point but keep in mind don’t sound rude or don’t make the hiring manager feel that he/she has to learn what questions they should ask during an interview from you.