7 Job Tips From Your Future Self

A couple of weeks ago, CNN published an article, “Six Tips From Your Future Self,” where the wise and elderly “You” offer life tips about managing your future finances and opportunities. I thought that I would take a hint from that article and offer job tips from a wiser, and older self. What would the older you say to the you now? I borrowed some of these tips from the article, and hope they will help.

 

1. Avoid prioritizing salary if possible

Job seekers with extended unemployment should seek professional financial planning. This will help you view money from a sober and balanced perspective. Desperate job seekers mistakenly look to salary to save them, and bad judgment follows. Discuss salary when it’s appropriate. Hint: It’s not the time in the first interview.

2. Take inventory of your deliverables

Before writing a résumé, evaluate and identify the skills that repair problems that an employer wants to address. Objectivity is a challenge for anyone, but for job seekers it is critical to establish a great first impression when talking to employers. Be sure you can deliver before you offer.

3. Seem relaxed at every important interview, meeting, networking event

It is hard to think and act when the blood pressure spikes. Calming techniques are useful at gatherings that a favorable impression is critical. It is rare that a high-strung individual impresses anyone positively.

4. Leave the party at home

Whatever way you like to party doesn’t matter as long as you leave it at home.  Even cigarette breath is offensive these days in any job-related meeting.

5. No hasty decisions

“Yes” or “No” could be the wrong answers. Are you asking questions at EVERY interview? Are you satisfied with the responses? Are you clear about the questions asked, and your answers? Beyond the interview, it is important to make well-informed decisions. If you are ever unsure, you have work to do.

6. Admit when you’re wrong

There is nothing wrong with changing you’re course of action, even it is the middle of another decision. Changing your mind is OK. Changing your course of action is OK too. It’s called humility.

7. Take control of your online profiles

Your activities online should lean towards business than pleasure. As an entrepreneur or a job seeker people will take in account who you are on-line as part of who you are as a potential business partner. Come across as you are ready for business, otherwise, you are leaving money on the table.

8. Ask for help (BONUS TIP!!)

There is a coach and mentor for everything, and many times it’s a great investment. If you can’t hire someone, then you really can ask opinions and advice of knowledgeable friends. You don’t have to go down the untraveled road alone.

Why not be the wise man now? It takes planning, researching, and careful implementation to be successful, or at least to appear wise.

Is there one more thing you would like to add to this list? Do you mind sharing it below?

 7 Job Tips From Your Future Self

About Mark Anthony Dyson

I am a Career Consultant, Host & Producer of "The Voice of Job Seekers podcast, and Founder of the blog by the same name. I help and inspire unemployed, underemployed, and under-appreciated job seekers by finding and creating a voice to be heard by heard employers. I see too many voice-less resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and other attempts people attempt to market themselves. In addition to the awards, my advice has appeared in major career sites such as AOL Jobs, You Tern, CAREEREALISM, Come Recommended, and Brazen Careerist. Your Voice. Your Brand. Your next opportunity is waiting to hear from you.

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  1. Lauriana ZukowskiNo Gravatar says:

    This is a great post with excellent tips Mark.  My #8 and #9 would be the following:
    #8 Show strength and confidence (but not arrogance) even if you have to fake it for a while.  This should be refelected in your speech and body language.  You must have confidence in yourself before proving to others they should have confidence in you.
    #9 Show your appreciation to others.  People like to feel appreciated and thanked.  Surprisingly few people do this.  It will set you apart and leave a positive impression. 

    Thank you, Mark for the positive encouragement you provide every jobseeker.  #YouRock

  2. Mark Anthony DysonNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Lauriana, I appreciate your comments. Your suggestions are excellent. I agree that faking strength and confidence is better than omitting them. And gratitude is essential especially in the form of hand written thank you notes, letters, or card.

  3. Lauriana ZukowskiNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Mark.  I’ve heard many times where one may not feel confident at first and had to fake it, but then as time when on and success is had, the confidence grows and even becomes innate.  New and/or different can often be usettling but one must not allow it to be a roadblock (networking, interviewing and career changes are 3 of many new/different opportunities).

  4. Mark Anthony DysonNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. Once you fake it, and succeed, it will never be fake again. 

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