Beyond your higher learning degree(s), it is important to stay up to date on industry knowledge, computer skills, and other specialized items of your profession. It is equally important to keep your interview skills sharp by practicing with trusted colleagues, friends, a “coach” or at professional association meetings. It’s not a skill that is often developed but it does require practice to stay sharp and be cognizant of the best way to answer questions and present yourself.
The playoffs are the interview stage, the networking events, the social functions and anything else that helps you reach your goal. It may seem like one small networking event or the first interview doesn’t have much impact on the final game. It does! That first interview gets you to the second. That networking event allows you to make a good impression with the person who just happens to know a strategic person in that company you are looking to explore.
3. The Show
In addition to all the face-to-face activity at networking events and interviews, you also have to present yourself well online. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, help people connect on the site, and engage your network with an occasional article to keep your name in their feed. The same is true for Twitter and Facebook. Be sure your privacy settings are managed to prevent that picture from the Super Bowl party showing up at work the next day.
4. The Super Bowl
This is it. You made it. You are in the final game. It’s competitive. It’s scary. It’s high-pressure. It’s exhilarating! All of the training pays off here. You have networked, you have interviewed , you have researched the company. You know everything about the company and you know you are the right person to win! Go you!
Last but not least, you couldn’t have made it this far without a good coach – a recruiter. Someone who knows the industry and how to work with you to get to the Super Bowl of your job search. I know just the guy… Just don’t dump Gatorade on me.
It’s also important to take some time to relax. So kick back with some friends and enjoy the game (or the commercials) and get back in there on Monday to win your big game – the job interview, the deal, etc. I know you can win! And once you do, perhaps you can go to Disney World just like the Super Bowl MVP.
.:Matt, Archer Executive Search Group