11 Things Job Seekers Can Learn From Hockey Players
Yesterday, my trusty Tweet deck alerted me to a Tweet posted by my co-worker, which read: "'Does this include punching someone when you're frustrated? 'What Job Seekers Can Learn From NHL Hockey Players'" (And, no Anthony, it doesn't.)
Intrigued, I clicked on the link, which led me to an interesting article by Marilyn Maslin, a Denver Job Search Examiner for Examiner.com. The article compares 11 aspects of hockey and how they can be applied to your job search. Sound far-fetched? I thought so too, but as I kept reading, I realized that Ms. Maslin has a point.
Get the right instruction. Consider hiring a professional career coach, resume writer or interview coach. If you were laid off, ask your former employer if they have an outplacement career service.
Get into shape and train hard. Get into "job-search shape" by targeting your job search and researching the industry. Prepare your application materials and get networking for help.
Put in the time. In today's market, it's tough to stay motivated, especially with the lack of jobs and the amount of time it's taking to land a position. Hang in there though - persistence, positivity and focus will pay off. Continue to network and apply for jobs, and develop your skill set with part-time work or by securing a relevant degree.
Pursue your strengths. Apply for jobs for which you are qualified and can excel. Your education, experience, skill set and personality should fit the job requirements and make sense for you, personally.
Know your competition. When I applied for my current position, I found out a co-worker of mine at the time applied for the same job. Immediately, I found out everything I could about her experience so that I could showcase how I was the better choice when it time for my interview. Use social networking tools to find people with same skill sets in your area and discover what expertise you have in common and what sets you apart.
Have a support group. Have a group of people you can rely on to support you during your job search - whether it's friends, family, previous colleagues or even a group of other jobless people, it's important to have people around you who can let you know that you aren't the only unemployed person in the world.
Make sure people know who you are, and like you. An overlying theme of life - and the job search - is that it's not what you know, it's who you know. Make sure that you have people who can and will speak to your character, work ethic and personality.
Show up, prepared. As a job seeker, you're responsible for researching the company and the position. Allow enough travel time to get to the interview about 10 minutes early and leave enough breathing room for you to fill out paperwork.
Wear the right gear. Simply put, dress professionally during your job search and when you go to interviews. What you wear reveals how much you care about yourself, the position and the company.
Give a good interview. When we're nervous, it's easy to babble, mumble or not speak clearly. Practice interview questions in front of the mirror, with your loved one or a friend to help yourself prepare.
Who wants to win, the most. As many job seekers can attest, it's not always the most qualified or experienced individual who lands the job, but the person with the most confidence and the best attitude.