Looking for a new job can be one of the most stressful and tiring aspects in life. Because seemingly everything else, or in other words providing for a family, paying bills, furnishing various needs and desires, all hangs upon landing a well-paying job, the process of finding such a job can be extremely anxiety inducing for the individual.
Locating a worthwhile job can be hard enough as it is, but when a person accidentally falls into one of the common bad habits of finding a job, that process can become even more difficult. There are many common habits that people naturally operate under once they have switched into job hunt mode, and while some of these are good, others can be detrimental to the efforts of the individual.
One of the good habits of those who are looking for a job includes being determined. Often times, when people begin their search for a new job, there is a very powerful inner drive or motivation to keep looking until one has found the job that will fit best for them.
Keep a Positive Attitude
This is a great and productive habit or mental attitude for those who are search out a job. But the opposite feelings, feelings of negativity and despair, are just as common among individuals who are looking for a new job.
Harboring negative feelings while looking for new job can create a personal mentality and atmosphere of failure, wherein it is extremely unlikely that a person will even allow themselves to succeed if the opportunity does present itself. Because the mental outlook and attitude of a job seeker so closely tied to their success, it is vitally important that a person who is looking for more money from their job, better hours, and an overall comfortable fit from their job keep their positive attitude about them even in times of rejection and despair.
It’s a Job Interview, Not Improv!
Along with harboring negative feelings and a dim outlook on one’s prospects of success while looking for a job, another poor habit that some job hunters often fall into while on the search is deciding that they can just improvise during the interview phase of a job application. The interview phase of any job application is perhaps the most important aspect
that decides if a person gets hired for the position or passed over for another applicant.
Interviewing well is its own topic of discussion, but a far too frequent habit of those who are looking for a new job is deciding to just “wing it” when it comes to the interview. Because an interview is the final exam, as it were, for a job applicant, it is the best and last time to really impress the hiring manager of the company or organization.
Because of the interview’s great importance and weight in determining the outcome of one’s job search, those who would traditionally settle on winging it should commit to themselves now that they will never go into an interview room unprepared again. As soon as they do, they will notice an immediate change in the way they go about searching for jobs and a likewise immediate change in the effectiveness of their application interviews.
Do Your Research
Preparing for an interview is simple. One only needs to do their homework so that they will know what to say, what questions to ask, and so that they can respond intelligently to any questions they are asked by the hiring authority.
By doing research into the company beforehand, as well as research into the open position and its daily duties, a person will be able to enter the interview room prepared to both answer and ask meaningful questions. By responding intelligently and with informed knowledge to the questions of the hiring manager, and by asking in turn additional intelligent questions regarding the open position, a person will be able to stand out in the minds of the hiring authorities and elevate themselves above the rest of the applicants.
Be Confident, Not Cocky
The last major habit that people searching for a new job should avoid is really two, or rather a double edge sword of ineffectiveness in job hunting with one bad habit on either end of the spectrum. Those two bad habits that are connected yet opposite each other are acting too informal in the presence of the hiring manager and acting too arrogant in the same situation.
By swinging one way or the other in either appearing too relaxed and unprofessional or too cocky and arrogant, a person will immediately put off the person doing the interview by their conflicting personalities. Avoiding bad habits like these and others will greatly increase the ability of a job seeker to find the employment they desire.