How Good Are You at Getting Hired?

Have you ever asked yourself if, what you are doing to get hired is working a little, a lot, or not at all? How do you measure your job search accomplishments and failures? How does a hiring manager make a decision to hire you and what does he or she think of your job interview and who you are as a job candidate? If you are getting hired, you are making all the right moves; you are doing great at getting the job. If you are not asked to join a company, then your way of applying for employment isn’t working for you. Just because you are not getting directions to the human resource office to take your work ID doesn’t mean you are not a great job candidate. It means you have not mastered job interviewing and probably have not devised the best career search plan.

When a job seeker is not hired, he has no way of knowing what advantage the hired job seeker has over the other job applicants. The only way to measure your job search is by making sure all the elements of a successful job hunt have action applied to it. The hiring managers begin their selection with process of elimination and it starts with resumes and phone interviews and any other tools that cross their paths, before calling you in for an interview. So physical, appearance is not the presiding factor although it can be a final and determining factor.

However, it is the first set of personal branding tools that you submit that flags a hiring manager not to toss your documents to the curb or in the garbage during the recruiting and selection process. The decision maker believes he is hiring the job candidate who is great at doing all the right things to get noticed. If you stick to the normal or even the old steps at getting hired, you have already sacrificed the opportunity to get your feet in the door.

At this point, you have either gotten it or you haven’t. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, there are just ways of doing things requiring you to step outside the box and for the new job hunting scene you must.

Here are some ideas listed below to get you to reflect upon what you could be doing wrong at getting hired.

1. Review your resume and other job search marketing tools; look for errors and presentation.

2. Create a career search plan that includes all job search marketing tools.

3. Apply action to your job search plan.

4. Know who you are and what the company is looking for-Do not submit to a company and you are not a match or a fit. Don’t waste your time or the company’s time applying for a position you are not qualified to perform.

5. Follow-up with the submission of your resume and interviewing process.

6. Document your search, submission dates, times, and results. Pay attention to time- frames and track where and what can go wrong. Correct mistakes.

7. Keep trying and don’t give up! Hiring managers do not have any idea who you are until they look at your resume in the six seconds they take to review it.

Hearing this phrase over and over again often is ignored but it is a true measurement of eliminating the resumes and job candidates the hiring manager is uninterested in moving forward with contacting. My message to job seekers is, take the time to present YOU the right way, and to learn the criteria for job searching and what the hiring manager is looking for in the six seconds of elimination.

Not only should you make a new resolution to your New Year, make a change to a new kind of job hunt.

Create Good Luck in Your Job Search

What’s luck got to do with job hunting? Apparently a lot! Richard Wiseman, author of “The Luck Factor,” says some people actually do have all the luck, while others are a magnet for ill fortune.

Luck is not a magical ability or a gift from the gods, instead it is a way of thinking and behaving. Do you consider yourself lucky, neutral, or unlucky? Take a look at this, opportunityisnowhere.

What do you see?

Lucky people see “opportunity is now here.” Unlucky people read it as “opportunity is no where.”

Wiseman, whose best-selling book explores the lives and minds of lucky people, is a professor at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom who has gained recognition for his research into quirky areas of psychology. He identifies four principles of luck.

In reviewing them, I see a direct connection between their application and success when job hunting. Below are Wiseman’s luck principles and my interpretation of how they affect your job hunt:

#1 Maximize your chance opportunities. Wiseman says, “Lucky people create, notice, and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives.” Lucky people interact more with the outside world than do unlucky people.

Lucky people are lucky, in part, because of the number of opportunities to which they avail themselves. They strike up conversations with more people and are more curious and open to others then their less-than-lucky colleagues. In today’s world of work, the more you make yourself available to opportunities, planned and chance, the more likely that you will find that perfect job sooner, rather than later.

One of my clients has a knack for striking up conversations with strangers that have led to opportunities to network over lunch (on the other person, no less), as well as, connections to high level professionals who might otherwise have been out of her immediate reach. Is she lucky – you bet! Every day she is out there making her luck.

#2 Listen to your lucky hunches. Lucky people pay attention to their intuition. Unlucky people often have the same hunches but don’t act upon them. So when the little bell in your brain alerts you to possibilities or offers up a red flag – act on the information. Good luck favors job seekers who are paying attention.

#3 Expect good fortune. Lucky people have positive expectations about the future. This helps them fulfill their dreams and meet their goals.

As a job seeker, expect the best; pre-visualize the outcome you want to achieve. Too many times, job seekers create the outcome they most fear by focusing on it, rather than on their ideal outcome.

Identify the specific outcome you seek at each step of the job search process. When you send off that résumé, imagine the hiring manager calling you for an interview. As you prepare for the first interview, visualize being invited back for the second round interview with the operations manager. Prepare for and expect the best possible outcome. That’s what the lucky people do.

#4 Turn your bad luck into good luck. Lucky people turn bad luck into good fortune by looking for the learning in the experience and then reframing the outcome. How we see things is impacted by the frame we bring to the experience. This is true in life and in a job search. If you have experienced a recent bout of bad luck, check your attitude. Is it one of great expectations or something less?

Think back over your life. Are there events which initially seemed catastrophic but which in retrospect, led to an unexpectedly good outcome?

More than one client has come to me devastated by the loss of a job or angry about a promotion he didn’t get, only to confide to me months later that the experience turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It is the ability to learn, transform and move on with a sense of optimism that impacts the amount of good fortune in your career future.