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You’ve probably heard the term best fit or ideal candidate quite a bit if you’ve been applying for new jobs, submitting college applications, or simply sifting through your long-term career goals. Employers know who they want, and usually what they want, in the hiring process. However, sometimes that’s not always clear on the other end and candidates can find themselves with many mixed messages.
Aspiring to be the perfect fit for a new position is a job in itself. After all, no one’s perfect, and everyone is unique. But what do you do when you’ve received the infamous rejection email for the umpteenth time? How will you possibly bounce back from not being the best fit after nailing the first or second interview, time and time again? Here are a few ways to grow as a candidate, and own not being the ideal fit:
1. Learn more about who the ideal candidate is for the job.
Not only is it good to know who you’re competing against, but it’s also good to assess what other candidates have in common, and what traits your dream company looks for in candidates. Why? Because you’ll be able to better understand if you really fit in.
For example, if you have a hard time taking charge of tasks on your own but find yourself applying for jobs that offer little structure or support, you might not be the ideal candidate for the job.
2. Don’t let rejection stunt your growth.
Let’s say you didn’t get the design job of your dreams despite having a portfolio with years of obvious hard work. So what? Use rejection as a way to perfect your skills and toughen your skin.
Maybe you were just one year shy of necessary job requirements or maybe your skill set needs some fine-tuning. This is all perfectly okay.
Sometimes we don’t get the things we want because we just might not be ready. You could re-apply to the same company later on and end up getting the job.
Don’t let your job search get in the way of your personal growth. At the end of the day, what you master will speak for itself in future opportunities.
3. Avoid displacing anger.
Never communicate with a recruiter, hiring manager, or anyone else in the hiring process while under the influence of anger. You may say something that could damage your reputation and cripple your career.
It’s okay to feel hurt after putting in time for a job or opportunity you really wanted. But after the hurt, it’s best to just let it go. You aren’t your feelings, but you are your work, so make those rejections count, and keep it moving!
You won’t always be the ideal candidate, but don’t let it stop you from shining elsewhere!
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Let’s face it: job search can be challenging, and staying motivated during a FRUSTRATING job search can seem impossible sometimes. However, it’s critical that you stay positive. Otherwise, you risk falling into a downward spiral, which will only make things worse.
So, how can you get past your job search struggles? Here are some tips for staying motivated during a frustrating job search:
1. Find things you can get excited about.
What gets you excited? Think about your hobbies and interests. What do you do for fun in your life?
Make sure you dedicate at least one day a week doing what you love. This will help you get your mind off of the negative and focus on the things you enjoy.
2. Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
When you’re feeling down in the dumps, it’s important to surround yourself with positivity. Make an effort to meet up with positive influences in your life – your family, friends, significant others, and mentors. These people will help you stay on track.
Also, surround yourself with your “virtual mentors,” people who inspire you from afar. Whether they’re celebrities, successful business people, or authors, keep them “nearby.” Read their books or showcase their inspirational quotes. A little inspiration can go a long way.
3. Help others.
Helping makes us feel good! If you’re feeling bad about yourself, see how you can help someone else. Volunteer. Pay it forward. Give back somehow. This will recharge your system and get you in a good mood.
4. Get some exercise.
You’ve got to expel that negative energy! Make sure you take time to exercise daily. Take a walk. Go for a run. Do yoga. Lift weights. Just get GOING! Exercising equal endorphins and endorphins make you happy.
5. Give yourself structure.
Not having structure can make your life seem unstable. Create a plan for your week on Sunday nights. Have a plan and stick with it. You’ll feel accomplished.
While most of us expect a bit of chaos here and there, sometimes drama can continue to pile up, causing you to lose momentum in your career, life goals, education, or job search.
So, how do you maintain your momentum in your career when the worst situations strike? Here’s how:
1. Practice shaking it off.
It’s easy to let defeat settle and completely dominate any success you’ve experienced in any area of your life. But if you practice letting problems roll off of your back, you’ll be a lot happier, and more likely to keep your stride.
So, what if your cheat day turned into a three day indulgence? And so what if you didn’t get the position you thought would change your life and career forever?
Shut down those negative feelings and thoughts, and shake it all off. Remember that things don’t always go as planned (no matter how badly you want them to). You can always try again (and yes, you are so worth it).
2. Share your experiences with others.
A great way to keep your momentum is by including others in your journey.
Not only will your dedicated support system hold you accountable, but it will also stop at nothing to keep you on track.
Pick 3 people that are great listeners, have always encouraged you, and can help you reframe your perspective in the event something bad happens. Don’t forget to return the favor, and give as much support as you can to the people that uplift you each day.
If you can’t think of three people, try networking more or pick three things that you can surround yourself with in the event life hits. These things can be a favorite class, inspirational music or podcasts, or a hobby that always helps you refocus and destress.
3. Be your biggest advocate.
When all else fails, sometimes you have to be your own coach. Practice thinking and speaking positive things about yourself and/or situation. After you shake off those negative vibes and reach out to a friend, tell yourself everything is okay and move on to your next course of action.
Just because life throws you a curveball you weren’t ready for, doesn’t mean you give up and let your progress go down the drain. Pick yourself off and press on.
Momentum isn’t earned, and you definitely aren’t born with it. Momentum is learned, and is something that you dedicate yourself to and practice daily. You can only be as unstoppable as you think. You can only progress and do great things if you allow yourself to.
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Having problems with a difficult co-worker? It can be frustrating when you feel like this person is acting inappropriately, isn’t doing his or her job, or is simply acting like a roadblock between you and success within the company. You might be tempted to go around this person and take the issue to a higher up. However, this might not be in your best interest.
In fact, circumventing your colleague and going straight to a manager can cause a deeper rift between you and this person, causing more office drama. So, instead of letting this problem stew, consider the following tips when dealing with a difficult co-worker:
Don’t try to make this person look bad.
Talking behind someone’s back is never the answer. I know, you’re angry and frustrated, but you probably don’t want to vent about your situation to everyone in your office. Eventually, it will get back to the person in question. If this person feels threatened or slandered in any way, it might make matters worse. No one likes to look bad, especially at work. (And especially if they’re seen as an authority in the office.)
Instead, have a one-on-one conversation with this person.
Before you play office leapfrog and jump over your colleague’s head to a higher up, have a conversation with your co-worker. Show respect by going to him with your concerns before taking it to a higher up.
Also, if you instantly take your problem to someone else without having a conversation with the person, you risk looking like a whiner who’s not willing to try to find a solution with the person in question. Not a good look.
Give this person the opportunity to explain her side.
If you bring this issue to a higher up without giving this person the opportunity to defend herself, she’s probably going to feel wronged, which isn’t going to help your professional relationship at all. Give this person a chance to explain her side. It might help you understand where she’s coming from so you can find a solution that works for both of you.
If all else fails, suggest that you talk to a higher up together.
If you can’t come to a solution that works for both of you, suggest that you go to the higher up to discuss the issue together to see if you can find a solution. That way, you have both parties representing themselves and neither person gets talked about behind their back.
Don’t let a difficult co-worker get your head in a tizzy. Instead, use the above tips to deal with the situation like a BOSS!
When a company cares about its employees, it listens to them. It helps them thrive. It gives them the boost they need when they’re in a rut. This is the kind of company you want to work for as an employee.
This type of company is more than a beautiful office with a smoothie bar. It’s a hub of amazing, talented, people who have the opportunity to make an impact. And it will do whatever it takes to see them excel.
A company like this isn’t hard to spot. You can see it in its employees faces, hear it in their voices, and read it in their words. But if you want to be absolutely sure you’re pursuing a company that cares about its employees, look out for these three signs:
1. It encourages collaboration so every employee can be successful.
Every employee wants to be successful in his or her career, right? Well, if you want to be sure that your company cares about you as an employee, make sure it’s giving you the support you need to succeed.
If you work for a company with one of the best reputations in the industry, then you are continuously working to produce the highest quality products. The best way to do that is to collaborate with those around you by sharing ideas and providing feedback to ensure that you’re creating products that your consumers will love.
At Nike, one of the world’s largest athletic companies, employees constantly support one another to ensure everyone is doing their job to the best of their ability and producing the highest quality product.
“Nike as a corporation is very team-centric,” said Danny Modesto, Senior Engineering Manager at Nike. “There’s no one person in charge of everything. We are all in it together.”
By encouraging collaboration amongst employees, Nike is ensuring that everyone is working together as a team to contribute to the company’s success.
2. It Invests in its employees.
It’s easy to come into work every day, go through the motions, and then go home. However, if you really want to feel fulfilled in your career, you need to find a company that will invest in you and your success.
When a company invests in its employees, those employees will feel excited and appreciative to walk through the door every day. As a result, they are going to be increasingly valuable to the organization.
At Nike, it is this investment in employees that brings energy to the brand and helps drive the business forward in order to stay at the forefront of the athletic industry.
“We know that diverse teams fuel innovation. So we work to ensure that we have diverse teams,” said Nike’s Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Anthony Herrington. “How we get after this work is educating our managers, hiring more inclusively, investing in our talent, and looking beyond Nike to make change in the world.”
Nike understands that investing in its employees and acknowledging their dedication and hard work, will help make for a positive atmosphere where everyone is committed to producing their best work.
3. It creates a positive work environment for its team.
It’s like they say, “two heads are better than one.” An employee may be able to perform well when he or she is working alone, but when he or she is sharing feedback and collaborating with a team, that’s when the best ideas will come out.
An ideal work environment is one where everyone’s ideas are welcome. When a company encourages collaboration by inviting everyone to share his or her perspective, that’s when the team will deliver the best possible product and/or service.
“One of the things I love about working at Nike is how diverse it is here in how we look and what we believe,” said Nike’s TA Director, Nike Direct, Jenn Longbine. “Walking around campus is a really cool thing. You’ll hear different languages, you’ll hear healthy debate. It’s a place that fosters inclusion in a way I’ve never seen.”
If you’re looking to work in a positive work environment, then you want to find a company that values teamwork and inclusion, like Nike does. This kind of atmosphere will help you excel in your career and will mold you into the best professional you can be.
Are you looking to start a career with a company that will value you? Be sure to look out for these three signs that a company truly cares about you as an employee. If you’re interested in joining Nike’s team, then take a look at its open positions today!
Sometimes the right job takes a little longer than expected.
It could be weeks, months, or even years for you to land the right role. You may start to feel like no matter how much time you spend filling out job applications, refining your cover letter, or taking the time to reach out to prospective companies, that you just can’t catch a break.
This leaves you feeling defeated, worthless, stuck, and more likely to settle for a job that will change the course of your career for the worse.
If this sounds like you, you should know that what you’re experiencing is burnout, and that you are not alone in how you feel. A job search can feel like full-time job, and can be utterly draining. It’s incredibly easy to lose your motivation when things aren’t looking up, but we’re here to change that. Here are six ways you can hack your job search when you’re at the lowest of lows:
1. Take a break.
You might think you’re getting ahead in your job search by getting up early or staying up late to submit job applications, but the more time you spend chipping away at finding your ideal role, the less time you have to actually focus on yourself and your needs outside of your job search.
This can be something as simple as taking a walk to enjoy your neighborhood, attending a yoga class, or catching up with an old friend over lunch. It might seem unproductive, but in reality, shifting your focus away from your biggest stressor can actually do more good than you might think, and you’ll thank yourself for it.
2. Love your mission.
This article is a great way to get inspired from leaders around the world who have once been where you might be. This quote by Sweta Patel stood out from the bunch:
“Olympic athletes possess more than motivation, which is temporary and overrated. It’s self-discipline and sacrifice that sets them apart and drives them to the finish line.
To cultivate self-discipline, start with love. When your job becomes your mission, you can make the sacrifices necessary to succeed. When I wanted to run a marathon, I stopped eating everything that could derail my performance. When I wanted to start a business, I stopped spending time with anyone who didn’t further my mission.
In all these situations, my discipline was driven by my purpose to improve my life and the lives of others. Self-discipline coupled with love will keep you going when motivation wanes.”
This quote is a beautiful reminder that sometimes you have to find other ways to stay motivated. Fall in love with other things outside of your career and establish driving factors outside of your career. Your career can’t be the only thing holding your sanity and happiness together.
3. Focus on other aspects of your job search.
Don’t get too bogged down in job applications that you forget about the very components that will land you an interview.
Spend time quantifying your experience, revising your resume, updating your cover letter, and cleaning up your social media presence. If the only thing you find yourself doing everyday is putting in application after application, you’re setting yourself up for a swift and tumultuous burnout.
4. Reconnect with existing contacts
A trap job seekers fall into is spending most of their time networking to make new connections. While it’s great to network and expand your connections, you don’t want existing relationships to fade.
Reconnecting with old contacts is a great way to get re-motivated, and recharge in the middle of a job search. You can gain inspiration from a contact, learn about new job leads, get suggestions for your resume or cover letter, or walk right into an interview.
Tip: Don’t reconnect with old contacts only for job search reasons. Do it because you genuinely value their time, and the relationship thus far.
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Do you wake up on Sunday morning already DREADING going into work the next day? Does the thought of walking into the office make you sick to your stomach? Does your unhappiness at work seep into your personal life?
It’s time for a change. The first thing you need to do is identify the problem. Here are some reasons why you’re miserable at work (and some tips for finding happiness again!):
1. You’re not challenged enough.
When you’re not challenged at work, you become bored, disengaged, and even complacent. This can result in resenting your role over time. If you feel like you’re not living up to your full potential, manage up and find new projects to tackle. Take on new assignments, present new ideas, and volunteer for more opportunities. Be proactive in finding new challenges.
2. You’re overwhelmed.
On the flip side, if you’re miserable at work, you might simply be overwhelmed. This can result in excessive stress, anxiety, and irritability. If you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to complete all of your work, think about how you can manage your time and tasks better. Take an online course, watch a free webinar, or read expert articles on good time management practices. Sometimes all you need is to organize yourself better. Also, learn how to say “no.” Packing on unnecessary work will burn you out and make things worse.
If you still find yourself overwhelmed, it might be a good idea to have a tactful conversation with your manager. Explain that you’ve taken steps to increase your efficiency in your role, but still find yourself extremely overwhelmed with the amount of work you’re required to do and you’re worried you’ll eventually become burned out. You might be able to work together to find a solution that works for both of you.
3. You haven’t upskilled.
Feeling like you’re not as on top of things as you used to be? Feeling like all of your co-workers are all getting promotions and raises except for you? If you feel like you’re falling behind, it might be time to upskill. It’s important to constantly move forward and keep up with your industry.
Think of it this way: A company is a wheel that’s always moving forward. The employees of that company are the spokes on the wheel. When the wheel moves forward, the spokes change position, moving around from top to bottom repeatedly. If you’re not moving forward with the company by upskilling and staying on top of industry trends, you’ll find yourself on the bottom of the wheel, miserable and vulnerable. It’s your job to keep moving forward with that company and keep pushing to be the top spoke on the wheel.
4. You’re not working on projects that energize you.
We all have to do things we don’t necessarily like or enjoy once and awhile. You might HATE talking on the phone, but your job might require you to hop on a call with a client every so often. That’s just life. Plus, it’s important to push your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone, and see what you can accomplish.
However, if you’re not spending the majority of your time working on projects that energize you, it can be draining. So, if you love building websites and you’re spending 90% of your time on the phone with clients, you probably won’t feel very satisfied at work.
If this sounds like you, think about ways you can manage up and make your role more focused on the projects you love doing. Think about new projects, present them to your manager, and volunteer to do them. If you can prove the value of you doing these projects, you might just find yourself in a customized role.
However, if there’s no room for improvement here, you might want to consider finding new employment. Life’s too short to spend your time doing things you hate! WARNING: Before you hand in your two weeks notice, make sure you consider these things first…
5. Your work environment doesn’t work with your personality.
You might not realize it, but your work environment might be affecting your happiness. If you have an introverted personality, working in a loud, open area might be distracting and mentally exhausting for you, which can negatively impact your performance. On the flip side, if you thrive off of collaborating and connecting with others, working in a quieter atmosphere might set back your creativity and energy.
When you’re working in an environment that consistently makes you uncomfortable, you’re unproductive. And when you’re unproductive, you’re unsatisfied. This is why it’s so important to a) understand your work and interaction styles, and b) do your homework on the company so you know what kind of work environment to expect.
Make an effort to build personal relationships at work. Be warm and welcoming, and make an effort to strike up conversations in the breakroom. Invite people to join you for lunch or to grab drinks after work. Ask about their weekend, find common interests, or simply start by talking about what’s happening at work.
7. Your work environment is toxic.
If you’re in a toxic work environment, it can impact both your personal happiness and work performance. Evaluate what’s happening at work. Is there excessive office gossip? Do you have a bad relationship with your manager? Are people stabbing co-workers in the back in order to keep their jobs? Are others treating you, or someone else, inappropriately? These are only a few signs of a toxic work environment, and all of them can be factors in why you’re miserable at work.
If any of this sounds like your current workplace, first try to address it with the main offender(s) in private. If it’s affecting your work performance, you need to make that clear. They might not be aware of how their behavior is affecting others. If the issue still continues, bring it up to a higher up. And if it still continues, you might want to consider looking for a new job elsewhere.
Life is too short to be miserable at work. Don’t wait another year to be happy! Evaluate your situation and take steps to improve it.
Plus, the critically acclaimed film has an impressive amount of lessons to be learned that are extremely relatable, and they are applicable to your life and your career. Here are career lessons we can all learn from Black Panther:
1. It’s okay to take a stand.
The main character, T’Challa, has to decide whether he should lead his nation as his father did or create new opportunities for his people, and the outside world. In this moment, T’Challa rises up against his father and makes a choice to lead as he believes.
It can be easy to cower under leadership, especially if there are strict rules in place. But whether it’s on the job or in your everyday life, you have the right to stand up for what’s right, and make your voice heard. Don’t be afraid to address concerns with your boss or take control of areas in your life that are bothering you.
2. You can use adversity to your advantage.
After T’Challa awakens from his coma, he heads back to Wakanda to reclaim his throne. Instead of leaving Wakanda to fend for itself or taking refuge under the Jabari Tribe, T’Challa chose to embrace his issues head on, and take back his throne from Killmonger.
The most important lessons learned are from when things go wrong. It teaches us how to prepare for future problems to come. It also shows us the important values that will carry us through life and our career.
No matter how big or small, don’t let adversity stop you from claiming your full potential.
3. You can have fun on the job.
T’Challa’s 16-year-old sister and the princess of Wakanda, Shuri, designs new technology for the country. She’s basically the brains behind T’Challa’s suit, and can teach us all how to have a little more fun on the job, no matter how mundane the role.
Even though she carries a great deal of responsibility, Shuri doesn’t let that stop her from exploring ways to make her work better, supporting her team, and bringing joy to everyone. If she can do it, you can, too!
4. It’s important to be inclusive.
A prominent theme seen and felt throughout Black Panther is one of inclusiveness and creating equal opportunities for all.
A fear that is experienced by Wakanda and T’Challa is that too much opportunity will bring demise to the world, especially when vibranium, the most versatile, and strong metal in MCU, is involved.
However, by the end of the movie, T’Challa puts plans forth to build an outreach center at the building where N’Jobu, Killmonger’s father, died. He also makes plans to reveal Wakanda to the world, something of which was forbidden earlier on.
When you create equal opportunities for others, you give them a chance to access better educational, networking, and career opportunities. You also get to learn from, and experience different ideas, cultures, and ways of thinking that might not be possible had there been limitations in place.
Everyone should be given a fair chance, no matter their religion, race, or economical background. The world is just better that way.
Picture this: you land an interview (or second or third). You put your best interview outfit together the night before. You’ve made multiple copies of your resume, and you’ve researched the heck out of your dream company. But in spite of all this, you end up running behind… Or worse, you miss your interview time completely.
If you’re late for an interview, you might find your confidence rattled or feel that all of your hard work and EVERYTHING you rehearsed just went swiftly down the drain. But all is not lost. Here are a few strategies to help you stay motivated in the event you’re late for an interview:
1. Don’t blow it off.
This should be common sense, but you might feel the urge to ghost your interviewer (meaning, blow off the interview completely).
Whatever you do, DON’T do this. You will burn a bridge and risk putting your reputation in jeopardy. You don’t know who you interviewer is connected to, and angry people talk A LOT, so do what you can to avoid becoming the hot topic.
Even if you’re running late or you’ve completely missed your window of opportunity, your interviewer will ALWAYS appreciate any form of communication to make them aware of any updates or last minute changes. Don’t forget, your interviewer or recruiter has a busy schedule, too, and can likely change your interview time.
When you get in touch with your interviewer, you keep: your sanity, a door open for another interview or potential job offer, and motivation in your job search.
Tip: Contact your interviewer by phone (preferred contact). If they can’t be reached, leave a message, and follow up through email. Keep it brief, remain professional, and apologize.
2. Avoid begging for mercy, and ask forgiveness.
Once you are able to reschedule your appointment or arrive later than the scheduled time, remember to apologize, but don’t go overboard in your apology.
If you dwell too much on the obvious or find yourself apologizing excessively, you can derail the interview even more, which can make things awkward or increase tension in the air. It’s best to apologize, avoid making excuses, express gratitude, and move on.
3. Shut down your inner negative Nancy.
Whatever you do, focus on what you rehearsed. Highlight your strengths and the value that only you can bring the company. Go over the crucial details (or selling points) of your job experience and make the interview a two-way street.
This means establishing an ask and answer flow. You’ll feel a lot more comfortable once you get your interviewer talking, and you’ll feel a lot more motivated as you answer your interview questions.
Tip: Prepare engaging questions to ask your interviewer. If you’re late for an interview, it might be best to jump to more complex questions that show you’ve done your research and have ideas to grow the company.
We hope you’re feeling a little more at ease in the event things don’t go as planned.
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Confidence. Some people have it, other people lack it, but everybody wants it. Here are some things you can do each day to increase your confidence level:
1. Do something scary.
Comfort zones are great because, well, they’re comfortable. But if you want to break ceilings and records, you need to make a habit of challenging yourself. Do something that scares you every single day. Whether it’s public speaking or delegating tasks, make a habit of pushing your comfort zone.
Have you ever noticed that when you wear certain clothes you feel more confident? Well, your clothes can actually affect your confidence level.
Don’t believe me? A recent study found that things like walking in heels, wearing a trouser suit, and wearing lipstick make women feel more confident. Confidence boosters for the guys included wearing shiny shoes, a new suit, and cuff links.
So, next time you need a little confidence boost, put on your best blazer and favorite shoes!
3. Move on from your mistakes.
If you constantly agonize over your mistakes, it will be very difficult to get past them and move on to your next challenge. Plus, if you’re constantly focusing on what you’ve done wrong in the past, it can hurt your confidence going forward. Mistakes happen all the time. You can’t avoid it – it’s just a part of life. Recognize them, learn from them, and let them go.