What to Do When You Don’t Get the Job

Your work isn’t over when you don’t get the job. Be sure to check these things off the list!

As the interview process continues along if you find that you are not short listed or receive notification that the company is not hiring you, take the time to respond. As long as you are interviewing and considering opportunities you are furthering yourself.
Some reasons you may not be able to control such as years of experience, companies may have already decided who they are hiring before you apply, the latest education etc

Here is a list of suggestions for further consideration for future opportunities

  • Always Respond – Take the time to send a quick email thanking for being considered. An email will allow you to ask to keep the door open to be considered for future job opportunities with this company or other positions that they may hear about.
  • Ask for Feedback – If you’ve gotten through a few rounds of interviews, the interview team has probably gotten a chance to know you well—so there is no harm in asking for feedback at the end of your follow-up email. There is a chance that they won’t provide feedback—because it might be seen as a liability or they’re short on time—but, if they do, it may be helpful as you move forward with your job search.
  • Reflect on What Happened – Maybe the interview didn’t go as well as you hoped, take the time to reflect and learn. This will allow you to make a game plan and avoid making the same mistake in the future. Think of it as a learning opportunity that will transform you into an even better candidate the next time around.
  • Recognize When It’s Not a Good Fit – Sometimes it’s not about you or anything you could have done differently. One thing I learned from hiring people is that there are so many great candidates and there are also a lot of behind-the-scenes decisions that go into each hire. Sometimes the decision to not hire you truly has nothing to do with you. Chalk it up to job hunting experience and go after the next company on your dream job list.
  • Let It Go – Don’t be hard on yourself, move on to the next job opportunity, and realize that the hiring process often takes time.

There is no doubt about it—the job search can be very stressful. Stay positive, take care of yourself, focus on continually learning and improving, and remember: You don’t want every job – only the best job.

References: Let them help you land your dream job!

I am always a little surprised when I conduct a bad reference since the candidate/employee is the one who is deciding who I get to talk – as a Recruiter, it’s definitely happened.

Most companies take the reference portion of the interview process seriously and it’s your time as a candidate to have someone else make you shine. Having someone speak positively on your professional behalf doesn’t have to be a game of chance. Here is what I tell job seekers when they are preparing for the reference stage.C

Contact Your References:

Give them a heads up – call them! Anytime you hand over someone’s contact information, they should be aware that this has happened and be ready for a call. More than that, they should understand what company will be calling and what job they are calling about. If you can tell them a little bit about who is going to call them, even better!

Get your stories straight. It doesn’t work out well when your reference has no idea what your title was and uses “Admin or something” (true story) when you’re applying for an Accounting & Finance role. Make sure your reference can speak to what you did accurately.

Remind them of your “shinning moments”. It’s hard enough for us to remember our own accomplishments in our career, don’t expect your references to remember. Remind them about times that you excelled and skills that you possess so they can relay them back to the caller effectively.

Make sure it’s a recent connection. I conducted a reference check the other day and the lady on the other end needed me to explain who I was talking about 4 different ways before it clicked. Her first response after that was “it’s been over 10 years since I’ve worked with him and even then, I barely knew him – not sure what I can say about him?” I can no longer trust that that reference has any ability to speak to your current set of skills so the reference becomes obsolete. It also makes me wonder why you haven’t made connections that are more relevant over the last ten years.

Get the right reference. The above tips will only work if you are providing a genuine and legitimate reference for employers to speak with. If you get your friend to pretend to be someone they aren’t (ready for it? True story!) and there’s an experienced reference checker on the other line, they are going to figure things out pretty quickly and you’re going to knock yourself out of the running immediately. It’s better to be upfront and say that you left your last position under less than ideal circumstances and ask if it’s ok to provide a co-worker or personal reference instead.

If you have the above 5 items checked off, you should feel confident that you’ve done your part in ensuring you get the positive reference you need. Now it’s up to you to get the references to the hiring manager or recruiter in a timely manner (usually before being asked) and be prepared to follow up!

Happy job hunting!

5 Daily Habits of Highly Successful People

What is Success? Everyone has a different opinion. To me, success is that feeling of contentment and satisfaction with your life choices and decisions. Success to me is not measured in a monetary value but is sense of achievement. Sarah Lewis, bestselling author, describes Success as Mastery. Learn about her journey to success in this inspirational Ted Talk.

In my opinion, here are the 5 most important Daily Habits of Successful people.

Wake Up Early

If you ask any successful person about their day, they will tell you it starts early! Of course, “early” is a different time to everyone but generally the earlier you start the day the more you can accomplish throughout the day! If there is one thing in life that we do not have enough of, it is time. Successful people recognize this and utilize all of the time they have to the best of their ability!

With that being said, Sleep is also a crucial factor that affects successful people. Sleep affects the body and mind in many ways. It is important that if you are waking up early you are also going to bed early. Utilize the early morning hours so that you can get a good night’s rest!

Plan Your Day the Night Before

To be successful you must have good time management skills. To increase your time management skills, you should set goals and plan ahead! Successful people suggest that you should plan out your day the night before. This will make for a stress-free sleep and a well-organized morning. Some suggest that taking time in the morning to plan your day works well too. Find what works best for you!

Complete the Most Important Task First

One quality of successful people is their ability to multitask. It is easier to multi task with small, less attention-grabbing projects. However, if there is a project or assignment that is highly important and requires a lot of attention, tend to it first. It is all about priorities. Figure out what is more important and get it out of the way first. This will allow you to tend to all of the smaller demands throughout the day. Completing time consuming and large projects first also frees your time for unexpected interruptions.

Visualize Success

AFFIRMATION. I often bring up affirmations in my blogs. Why? Because they are very important! Positive self talk will give you the boost that you need to increase your confidence! Confidence is another great quality of successful individuals. If you believe you are successful you will be successful. Positive self-talks personally help me the best in the morning or at night. Remind yourself that you are intelligent, beautiful, healthy, SUCCESSFUL, caring, reliable. What ever it is that you want to be you can be!

Work Hard

Another factor that sets successful people apart from non-successful people is that successful people are not afraid to work hard. Think about it, every successful entrepreneur has had to put their time in. Successful people are not afraid to grind out the hard work for however long it takes. At the end of the day they have the end goal in mind and do whatever it takes to get there.

Smart Ways to Research and Prepare For a Job Interview

Congratulations! You have made it past the screening stage of the interview process and now you are going for an interview.  Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for success at your first job interview.

1. Review the Job Description and be knowledgeable about the job duties.

  • Be prepared to answer questions and provide examples of skills and qualifications that are asked for in the job description. If the job requires attention to detail you may be asked “Give me an example of a time you used your attention to detail?”.
  • If the job description calls for a team player you may be asked “Please tell me a time you have had to resolve a team conflict?” If the job description calls for strong written and verbal communication skills, you may be asked “Tell me about a time you have had to use your communication skills to send an email?”
  • Be prepared to tell stories and provide examples of your past.
  • Speak of results and be able to show that you have provided solutions with results. If you are able to quantify your achievements let the interviewer know.  For example “I achieved 125 of my sales targets or I reduced turnover by 17%”

2. Use LinkedIn to research your Interviewer.

  • On LinkedIn search under people for the people and company that you are interviewing with.  Read about the interviewer’s bio – where they have worked, promotions, accomplishments and education.
  • Review the company page as well.

3. Use the internet to research the company.

  • Visit the corporate website and LinkedIn to learn about the organization. Other sources of information are glassdoor.com and google.

4. Research to find out what Associations the company belongs to.

  • Learn which groups or associations you will be connected with for networking, learning and social purposes.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice.

  • Rehearse your interview questions.  Review the interview questions until you are no longer jittery.  Practice with a friend, in front of a mirror or use your phone to video yourself and listen to your answers.

Feel free to call our office at 604-606-1831 or email andrea@careercontacts.ca for assistance around this topic!

Tips to Staying Organized During Your Job Search

This week in the office I have noticed a common theme among Job Seekers, chaos occurring during their Job Search. I don’t know if it is due to the gloomy February weather, level of experience in applicants, or freak coincidence but a lot of the applicants I have interviewed this week have been confused and unorganized when setting up interviews. What I mean by this is the applicants have so many interviews going on right now that they cannot keep track! I truly understand how hectic a Job Search can be so I have developed a list of tips to help stay organized and sane during your hunt for a new job!

Tip # 1- LISTS

Start your job search off right! Make a list of companies you are interested in or want to apply to. Then as you begin applying for jobs cross the employers of the list. This will give you a sense of satisfaction and achievement while also keeping things organized. Making a list of who you want to work for will keep you goal orientated. Do not be afraid to apply for other companies as well, but add them to the list!!

Tip# 2 – LOG YOUR PROGRESS

Once you have applied to companies and positions of interest create a Job Search Log. This will help you again keep track of where you applied to but also the status of your application. Microsoft Excel has a premade log that I recommend, you can download. This log helps you keep track of everything on one page and is very easy to read! A log prepares you for a very professional interview, you will know who your meeting with and when. This organization will allow you to prepare before the interview; researching the company and interviewee and documenting important notes.

Tip # 3 – DO NOT APPLY TO MASS AMOUNTS OF JOBS AT ONE TIME

I know it is tempting, when your scrolling through websites such as Indeed, hitting apply now, apply now, apply now. Your job search will be much more effective if you take your time and apply to a few jobs at once vs. thirty in one evening. I understand sometimes there are time constraints on your Job Search but remember slow and steady wins the race. If you apply to thirty jobs at once you will have trouble keeping track of what companies and positions you applied for. Chances are things will get messy and confusing! Keep the applications to 5- 10 each sitting.

Tip # 4 – PUT IT IN YOU CALENDAR

I cannot stress enough how important it is to use a planner or calendar during your job search. The craziest part of your job search is probably when you start getting calls and making appointments. Many people try to keep track of all of their interviews in their mind but it is easy to them mixed up. It is best that you write down your interviews in a planner and then put them in your phone. This will prevent you from double booking, missing appointments or showing up late.

TIP # 5 – BELIEVE YOU ARE ORGANIZED

Our brains are powerful tools. During your job search, even if things are looking rocky and unorganized, believe that you are organized and that have everything under control! If you believe you have control over your job search and you believe you are organized during the process you will come off more confident and professional during your phone conversations and in appointments with employers. Not to mention your sub-conscious mind will encourage you to become more organized! Remember if you can dream it you can achieve it.

Job Searching can be stressful and scary but it does not have to be disorganized. Do yourself a favour and follow even a few of the tips above, they will make a world of difference during your next job search.

If you have questions regarding any of the above tips or need assistance in your Job Search give us a call at 604-606-1831 or send me an email at danielle@careercontacts.ca. I am eager to hear methods you use to stay organized during your job search too, feel free to share!! Thanks for reading.

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