Authenticity, Advantages and Awareness
To do well in managing your career, and in job search, it helps if you keep in mind the three “As”; authenticity, advantages and awareness.
In any job search or work situation you are more likely to succeed if you can be authentic, understand and use the advantages you bring to a situation and know how to make others aware of those advantages.
Authenticity means knowing and showing who you are and your values. It depends on knowing what you want to achieve in life and to what you are committed. Spend time to be clear about
what you care about most and accept the implications of putting that at the centre of what you do and how you behave. Authenticity at a job interview means that your answers ring true and you are much more likely to form a constructive relationship with panel members.
Understanding what you are good at, your advantages, allows you to contribute fully in whatever you are doing. Hone your skills. Learn to be good enough at what is essential but be proud to excel at those things you do well. Accept that others are good at different things. If you are confident in your own abilities, you can accept what they have to offer. If you are job searching, be clear about the real advantages you would bring to any new job opportunity and how you will contribute to the team.
Look for opportunities to let the people who matter know what you have to give. Their awareness means you should be given the chance to use your gifts. How sad it would be to have them but not be able to use them. If you are job searching, think about getting your name out there by showing expertise through writing articles, speaking at meetings of your professional association or, perhaps, doing some voluntary work.
I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.
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Let us take as read that employers expect to be asked to give a reference.
Don’t feel diffident about asking others who can vouch for your work or your character. People usually feel flattered to be asked.
Don’t give their names until they have agreed. Then let them know each time you mention them. Tell them a little about the vacancy and why you think you are a good fit. Make it easy for them to help you.
Don’t feel offended if they say no. Perhaps they just feel they don’t know you well enough.
Below is a link to a very useful post for the job seeker from Jennnifer L. Beightley, MNM, CFRE which appeared yesterday on LinkedIn
What Should You Say When They Ask For Your Salary History?
… I want you to think about why a company would be asking for your salary history. They do this for two reasons, that I can tell. First, they want to use your salary history as a way to weed you out if you are asking far above what they are willing to pay, thinking that you overvalue yourself, or they want to weed you out if you are asking far below what they are willing to pay, thinking that you undervalue yourself and therefore are probably not up to snuff. Second, if you are close enough, and they like you, and you get to the offer stage, they will base the offer they will make to you on your previous salary.
So what is the problem with this?…”
Find Jennifer’s answer at this link; http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141006135152-41404808-should-you-reveal-your-salary-history
WiseWolf’s Tip on Monday; Keep Your CV Fresh
Treat your CV/Resume as a living document. Don’t let its usefulness whither with neglect.
Even when you are in work, review your CV regularly. Take pride in what it says and bring it up to-date with new achievements. Take time to read it again for possible improvements.
Do the same for you LinkedIn profile – you never know when a headhunter might spot you for that special opportunity.
The time you invest won’t be wasted – you will find there is always an improvement to be made.
How to be on time!
Here is a great post from Quartz on how to challenge a tendency to always be late!
“Lateness says volumes about your character and work ethic, and from a corporate standpoint it can cost billions of dollars. In the US alone, one in six workers reported being late at least once a week, and a third of employers say they have fired an employee for lateness, according to a 2011 survey. An earlier survey found that CEOs are late to eight out of 10 meetings—and that when they’re late every day by just 10 minutes, that adds up to $90 billion in lost productivity.
Here are some ways to help identify the root causes of tardiness, and tricks to lessen the stress and at times humiliation of showing up late:…”
You can read the rest of this post at this link http://qz.com/260248/the-complete-guide-to-being-on-time/