Achieve long term career success by focusing on these 3 aspects.
There is a difference between looking for a career and looking for a job. Surprised?
It is easy to see one of these things is not like the other.
Just for clarification, a job is often a temporary fix. Often jobs fill the void where income should be, in order to get those bills paid. A job is slinging burgers at the local diner, having a paper route, or holding a sign in front of pizza place. It is what we do when trying to work through college, get our first apartment, or an awesome outfit from the boutique window.
A career signifies long term. We go to college, train long hours, and study hard, just to acquire the skills needed for a career. We read and seek knowledge about companies we want to have a career at. We follow tweets, research social media and actively attempt to gain knowledge in order to gain placement in our career of choice.
Careers are long term, where as a job is often considered a cumbersome necessity. Those looking for a job can just apply at any local dive. After getting the proper skills and schooling, those seeking long term career success may want to take a look at the three P’s below:
Young and old career seekers alike are challenged by the necessary task of selling themselves as a product, and separating career self from “self” self. Who we are is not necessarily who we are at work, and it is important to distinguish between the two. Most Interviewers are not interested in our personal lives, even if they ask. Be vague.
For instance, professionals do not look for fallible, emotional, sensitive individuals to fill open career slots within their company. Instead, they seek strong, controlled, cool, or somewhat super humans to slide into the space and take control. The career us, is required to be the super hero version of ourselves. Step into the interview as if the position is already yours. Have confidence without outward cockiness.
Career interviews are different than the local pizza joint hiring process. Often times we might be one of a half dozen perspective personnel, waiting to step through the door. The majority of which will be dressed in proper business attire, with a well thought out resume in hand. Why does that matter? It matters because it is no longer enough just to look professional and have a nice resume. In today’s competitive career industry, we have to stand out to our potential employers.
Perspective employers already know that we want the job, else we wouldn’t be there. However, we have to show we want the job more than the “other” applicants. Do not be afraid to reach out every few days as a reminder of your existence. Send an email, make a phone call, or send a “thank you for the opportunity” note. Make sure and do something to draw attention to you above the other career seekers.
Salesmen can be boring, so do not sell yourself like a salesmen would. Avoid mundane phrases and overzealous small talk. If you see the interviewers lips move with yours… it is a bad sign. Be original. We should express that unique inner personality that fits perfectly into our career of choice.
When going for a career, we have to step forward with a career mentality. The point of the three P’s is to show active enthusiasm and professional persistence, complimented with a well trained skill set. Separate the self from the career self and sell for success.