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He completely lost me at “sir”.
It was his first chance to make a lasting impression and he totally blew it.
Clearly stated in the job description was “accurate, detail oriented, excellent communicator…” and “please contact Heather Gardner direct for immediate consideration.”
Had he taken the time to look me up, he would have known…. Oh “Bing” or “Google” me please!
It’s so easy to lose out on an opportunity by making a simple yet costly mistake. In this example he assumed Heather Gardner was male, he was being lazy or he just wasn’t paying attention.
Applying to open jobs is an important thing to do during an active job hunt. Keeping track of who you respond to is even more important! Get the name wrong might just cost you the job. Which resume version you sent and when will help you be prepared so when the recruiter pre-screen call comes, it will likely turn into an interview.
You can’t over do “attention to detail” when corresponding with a perspective company, hiring manager, recruiter or human resource professional. It could make or break your chances of being considered for a role.
SEND a “Thank you” regardless of whether you got the job. Not only is it key to make an excellent first impression, but that last bit of communication is important as well. Keep yourself on top of mind with that hiring manager that didn’t offer you the job, because who knows what doors that might open in the future.
Having trouble keeping track?
Are you sending out introduction letters with the person’s wrong name? Get help! I always recommend http://www.jibberjobber.com/login.php as an excellent CRM tool for the active job seeker. JibberJobber.com has some pretty sophisticated components and offers webinars all the time. There’s a free and premium version. I suggest you get on track because an excel spread sheet only goes so far…
What tools are helping you to keep up with the Kardashians during your job hunt?
Minding your Ps and Qs will get you further along in the job search
While preparing breakfast this morning for the kids, I overhead a song on the Nick Junior channel. It was this catchy little get-stuck-in-your-head kind of song, but the words are what really caught my interest. If I could sing a tune, I’d do some audio for you, but I won’t torment you with my bad singing voice.
It went something like this:
“Magic words go together… words like Excuse Me, Thank You, Please…. La la la….. Everything tends to go your way if you use magic words in this way….la la la…”
I do not encounter good manners nearly enough from active job seekers. Think about the magic words listed above and how often you use them.
By Definition: Mind your Ps and Qs is an English expression meaning “mind your manners”, “mind your language”, “be on your best behaviour” or similar.
We just get so busy in our own daily grind and/or are laser focused on getting that job offer that we don’t stop enough to be polite, to say “thank you”. We get moving, full speed ahead, going so fast and we don’t want stop for fear we will lose momentum. In the process of moving this fast, we may end up running over an opportunity that might be right in front of us. If this is YOU, stop for a moment and think.
At Starbucks this morning I said “thank you” to the gal that rung me up.
When the bartista shouted out my name, I said “thank you” for the Vente Latte.
This was a ‘polite’ way to communicate, but it goes miles in ways I may not know.
Imagine one of those Starbucks employees became my next hiring manager, or knows them. The polite first impression could have a positive impact.
A potential business associate or target company employee could be having coffee at that same moment at Starbucks and is observing my actions. How will my positive behavior affect their first impressions of me in the future?
It just makes good sense to treat people well and be polite. Practice makes perfect.
You will have bad days when you are frustrated with your job hunt or hate your current job. Maybe you didn’t get the job offer you were expecting and you are disappointed and upset. But keep your emotions in check and take the time to “thank” everyone who offered you job search assistance or interviewed you.
ALWAYS remember to “thank” the recruiter and/or admin who coordinated the interviews. They could help you in the future with other opportunities. DO NOT forget to be polite to the receptionist who greeted you. The front desk person has a hand in the game too. If you are rude and discurteous, they will share.
Make sure at EVERY opportunity to make a professional impression is a good one.
Please, excuse me from continuing this blog post any further but I thank you for taking time out in your busy day to read it.
How polite have you been in your job or career search? Are you remembering to thank those who gave you assistance?
I have an “Unusually Magnetic Personality in Bed” I learned last night at the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup
In case you missed last night’s Santa Cruz Tech Meetup here’s taste of why you should catch the next one.
Innovation was in abundance at the NextSpace location in downtown Santa Cruz. As a native to Santa Cruz, it was nice to see Cooper Street alive and well!
I arrived early to the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup but it was already standing room only – which is an excellent turnout! A generous spread of Chinese take-out was waiting for those who may have just joined us after work. It must have been good food because I saw many go back for seconds during the presentations.
Steve Penny was the first to talk to us on his area of expertise, SEO. Steve gave us some great tips on increasing our Google search rankings. I actually learned quite a bit from his presentation – in particular how “authority” works – something that has puzzled me forever! Steve details his SEO consulting services at: www.stevepenny.com.
Mokafive was up next. Amir Zarsange, Sr Sales Engineer, showed the group exactly how simple their product is to the end user. I wasn’t expecting to be as amazed with their virtualization technology as I was. Seeing it in action during his demo was a big plus. Mokafive is taking virtualization to the next level and it is clear what a cost savings their product will be to companies that deploy it.
Thomas Heinke CTO for Raytek talked about the history of his company as well as their future growth path. Thomas brought along a handheld infrared device which was passed around the crowd as sample of this modern technology. It was pretty impressive for such a technical overview but the future sure looks bright for Raytek and their innovation.
Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, ended the presentation as was a real crowd pleaser. Evernote can best be described as your “external brain”. Phil did a great demo for us and I have to say “seeing is believing.” All of us with A.D.D can now “remember everything” from emails, photos, videos, audio’s… using the Evernote technology. This is a very innovative concept that can be easily deployed for both professional and personal uses alike AND there is a sophisticated intelligence to their applications – which again, you just have to check out for yourself, seriously, see this product demo and you will be amazed.
When all the presenters were done, audience members got a chance to give their own announcements. We heard everything from the coming up local Geek Dinner to several companies who mentioned they were HIRING. For all those local job seekers in the tech space YOU should be at the next Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup.
The Santa Cruz tech community is alive and well – or shall I say thriving. I got a chance to network afterwards and meet many talented folks who are right in the line of local tech action. But the highlight for me was the fortune cookie. A very nice man was handing them out at the end of the event with instructions to add “in bed” to the end of your fortune.
“You have an unusually magnetic personality…..(I added) in bed.”
Will I see YOU at the next one?