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A lot of things happen before a job applicant reaches the interview portion of his or her job search, including networking, resume writing, and gathering references. But of course, the ultimate goal here is to get an opportunity for an interview because this is usually the part that can determine whether a job seeker will succeed or fail in their quest for a good job.

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Plan your career

  1. 1. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 1Cosmic Coaching CentreCorporate & Individual Career Solutions for Mid-Level Professionals & Executives
  2. 2. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 2A lot of things happenbefore a job applicantreaches the interviewportion of his or her jobsearch, includingnetworking, resumewriting, and gatheringreferences. But ofcourse, the ultimategoal here is to get an opportunity for an interviewbecause this is usually the part that can determinewhether a job seeker will succeed or fail in theirquest for a good job.An important part of any person’s career planning isto be prepared for a job interview. In general, peoplespend a lot of time and effort on preparing for aninterview. What’s surprising is that there are stillmany of us who fall apart during their interview.Well, this can be attributed to lack of practice andinsufficient planning.Tips for a Successful Job Interview1. Get as much information as you can about theorganization.As you send your application letter to a particularcompany, you should also start doing your researchabout the organization. Hiring managers are easilyimpressed with applicants who are familiar withwhat the company they are applying for is all about.2. Make yourself intriguing and interesting.Companies interview so many job applicants, so itshould be your goal to stand out. When asked todescribe yourself, stay away from those commondescriptions that applicants say about themselves.You can tell the interviewer about your mostinteresting trait and explain why it is going to be apositive contribution to the organization.3. Memorize your lines.Memorizing a couple of short quotes will help youanswer virtually any questions during the interview.Try to remember what you learn from all thematerials you used to prepare for the interview, andcalmly use them during your actual interview. Thiscan make you look well prepared and professional.4. Don’t be too gentle on yourself.Have someone play the role of an interviewer to helpyou rehearse for the actual interview. Give yourhelper a list of tough questions and see how you canconfidently answer them. Include questions about thegaps in your experience or skills so that you can trainyourself how to answer them with confidence.5. Record your mock interview.If possible, it would be best if you could have a videorecording of your mock interview. Through this, youwill see how you look while answering the questionsduring the interview. Check on your facial expression,posture, and hand movements. If you see somethingdoesn’t look appropriate, then make the necessaryadjustments.6. Keep yourself relaxed.One sure thing that could mess up your interview iswhen you start to panic. You have to make sure yournerves are calm before the meeting so that you canavoid having a mental block. As any career or lifecoach would say, it’s all in the mind.
  3. 3. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 3Creating a clearcareer plan is one ofthe best ways youcan identifywhatever it is thatyou need to advancein your career. Notonly this, effectivecareer planning will also serve as your road map toachieving your goals.As you do career planning for building a greatcareer, you should focus not only on the positivesteps you need to take to develop your skills. It isimportant that you also prepare yourself for theroadblocks and pitfalls that may eventually comeyour way.AGENeedless to say, age is one of the main factorsemployers look at when hiring employees. Althoughbeing an older employee can be an advantagebecause you have the experience that others don’t,there are still certain traits of older workers mostemployers don’t prefer. For instance, it is generallybelieved that older people are not so enthusiasticabout learning new computer skills and how to usemodern tools and gadgets. Older employees also tendto be concerned about the benefits they can get fromtheir employers. Thus, if you decide to change careersor jobs after hitting middle age, be ready to receivefewer benefits than younger workers.EXPERTISE OR KNOWLEDGERegardless of whether you already have a collegedegree, this doesn’t mean that you have theparticular knowledge or background required for acertain career. Knowledge here pertains to youreducation, training, experience and certification.Therefore, you have to keep an open mind to thepossibility that you may need to take additionalcourses or undergo specialized training programs inthe future so that you may qualify for the job you aretargeting.TRENDSAs we all know, it is hard to predict how stable acompany will be a couple of years from now. It seemsthat every industry is vulnerable to economic turmoiland instability. It is, therefore, important that youdevelop various transferable skills, which you can usein any kind of job or industry. Also, you should keepyourself up-to-date with all the trends and changes inthe industry you want to engage in. This way, you willhave an idea of what the future of your professionwill be like.EXPERIENCEMost employers prefer job candidates who have vastexperience in certain fields. But this doesn’t meanthat they favor job hoppers. There is a big differencebetween a person who keeps on switching jobs and aperson who has spent many good years in variousindustries. If you get rejected for a job because youlack experience, don’t get discouraged. Like whatcoaching and mentoring experts advise job seekers,take the time to explore other opportunities whereyou can also gain valuable experience.
  4. 4. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 4The job marketis indeed full ofchallenges andopportunitiesat the sametime. It isalways therefor you toexplore. Onceyou are ready to make your mark in the workplace,you should focus on deciding what it is that you wantto do. This process isn’t easy, though, and it willrequire you to assess your own skills and interests.In choosing a job, especially if it is your first job, youshould not rush things. You need to take time tofigure things out and weigh all the possibilities thatevery option presents. Thus, it is advised that you notinstantly take the very first job being offered to you,especially if you feel that it doesn’t suit you. Beingextra careful in career planning is essential if youwant to have a fulfilling career.It should not scare you that you have to commityourself to a particular career. In fact, a decision tochange careers can always be valid as long as you doit for the right reasons. What’s important is that youremain open-minded to find various opportunities todevelop your career. If you want to make thesmartest career choice or decision, you must have thefollowing:- Awareness of yourself, particularly in terms of yourambitions, hopes, skills, limitations, and personality;- Knowledge of the different career paths available toyou;- The ability to determine which opportunitiesaround will perfectly match your skills andpersonality;- General awareness of the real situation you are in,particularly in terms of your finances.Selecting an EmployerEmployers differ from one another in so manydifferent ways, and not only based on which industrythey are in. In choosing the perfect employer, anumber of factors may affect the way you make adecision, such as the office culture, the size of thestaff, ownership, staff development programs, andmanagerial structure. There is no way you can beperfectly sure you are going to the right place, buttaking a look at these aspects of a job advert will helpyou understand an employer more.The Writing Style- Why was it written and whoactually wrote it? Do you find it attractive or verysimple and dull?Depth of the Material- Does the material provideyou with enough detail? Does it explain the exactgoals you are expected to obtain, or does it give amere overview of what your responsibilities will be?Frequency of Posting- If you notice the samecompany posting the same job adverts from time totime, this could mean that the company has a highstaff turnover rate. Needless to say, this is a clear signthat the position is not a likable one.As you go on with your job search, you may also seekhelp from a professional career coaching centre.They will help you find various opportunities to getthe job that will match your skills and personality.