CareerCamLive round-up: Overcoming the hurdles to land your dream job
Firstly, thank you to everyone who sent us a question for this month’s CareerCamLive. Once again we are thrilled with the amount of engagement we received. For those who missed it, you can watch the recording here.
As usual, I have picked three questions from the list that you asked me and I’ve summarised the answers in this blog post….so here we go.
I am really struggling with my confidence following my redundancy. It is having a negative effect on my job search. Do you have any thoughts on what I can do?
My best advice is to surround yourself with good people. If there is someone in your life who ‘feeds’ off your positivity and brings you down (we all know people like this), now is the time to separate your time as much as possible. At least until you get yourself back to where you want to be emotionally. Surround yourself with positivity and people who will encourage and support you.
Make a list of all the people who could help you get back into work. Don’t just focus on finding a job vacancy, focus on building relationships. If you do this well, the opportunities will come.
I would then advise you to plan your week in advance. Treat looking for a job like a job itself, and ensure you set yourself daily targets to meet, including at least one meeting/catch up with one of those positive people. The worst thing would be to sit at home and be alone as this will not help your confidence.
Finally, I want to say that being made redundant is not a failure on your part. I’ve seen some of the most talented people lose all confidence after a redundancy, only to go on and progress even further in their career.
I recently gave a terrible presentation in my final interview for a job I really wanted. I got nervous and I know it was the presentation that let me down. How would you prepare a presentation?
The best thing to remember is that you have been asked to give a presentation because people are genuinely interested in you and what you have to say. This should give you a little confidence from the word go.
If you want people to engage and enjoy your presentation, you must be engaging, and look like you are enjoying yourself too.
Mix it up a little and use video and music if appropriate. This will add another dimension to the presentation and is fun for the audience (it also gives you a break for a few moments).
Keep PowerPoint text to the absolute minimum. We want them to be looking at you, not reading the screen.
Finally smile and make as much eye contact as possible and practice, practice, practice.
My boyfriend has a telephone interview coming up. Do you have any tips for him?
There are three things to remember when preparing for telephone interviews and the first is, to prepare exactly the way you would for a face-to-face interview.
Research the company, competitors and the job itself. Prepare your answers and have some intelligent, engaging questions to ask the interviewer at the end.
I would also advise you stand up during the interview (if it isn’t for too long!) and pop a post-it note somewhere that says ‘smile’. This may sound strange, but I do this often when I have important calls, which I know are going to take a while. It will be a constant reminder that you must not lose ‘energy’ during the call.
Finally, I think it is a good idea to have an image of the person who is interviewing you on your computer screen while you are talking to them. Find their picture on LinkedIn or the company website etc. Obviously I’m not interviewed for jobs, but I do promote my business and I find this helps me to remain in the moment and be engaging.
Don’t forget to tune in to next month’s CareerCamLive on 4th December at 6.30pm.