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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.
Let’s talk about salary. This is going to be awkward. You see, when a candidate meets a company and falls in love, they need to have some awkward conversations before they can commit to each other and start having fun together. Salary is one of those conversations.
Okay, talking about salary doesn’t have to be awkward. The important thing is to be prepared. You need to do your homework and understand what’s fair. The last thing you want to do is to price yourself out of a job because you didn’t know you asked for too much. Or worse, sell yourself short because you didn’t ask for enough.
It’s business time… so, let’s get down to business. Here are some things you know before you talk about salary:
1. Always be prepared.
You never know when an employer will bring up the salary question – it could be in the job application or it could be during your final interview. That’s why you want to be prepared for it. Know your numbers before you apply for the position so you’re not caught off guard.
2. Don’t be the one to bring it up first.
A common mistake people make during the hiring process is bringing up salary too soon. This can hurt your chances of getting the job offer because the employer might think you’re only in it for the money. Wait until the employer brings it up, then go from there.
3. Know what’s competitive.
Do your homework. Know what’s competitive for that role in that industry. You can use websites like Glassdoor.com, Payscale.com, and Salary.com to research competitive salary rates for similar positions.
4. Know your “walk away” rate.
After you do your research, you’ll have an idea of both the highest and lowest salaries for similar roles in your field. This is an important thing to know because it will allow you to have a range to work with during negotiations (i.e. it will give you some wiggle room).
When you’re thinking about your range, it’s important to know your “walk away” rate. This is the absolute lowest offer you will accept without eating Ramen noodles for the rest of your life. You don’t want to take an offer that’s not going to pay you enough to live comfortably. Otherwise, you’ll likely be on the job search again looking for a role that pays you more money. However, you do want to understand the going salary rates for that position so you don’t a) price yourself out of the job, or b) sell yourself short.
5. Don’t limit yourself to money.
While you should aim to get a competitive salary, don’t focus only on the money. You can negotiate for other things, too, like work-from-home opportunities, flex time, vacation days,and other perks. It depends on what’s most important to you. Again, this will give you some wiggle room during negotiations.
6. Give them a reason to give you more.
In order to get the salary you want, you need to prove that you’ll be a valuable asset to the company and that your unique skills/experiences make you the best fit for the role. You need to show them that you’re worth the investment. In this article on Inc. Magazine, J.T’ O’Donnell tells you how you can demonstrate your value to employers and get the salary you want.
7. Don’t be afraid of “no.”
During salary negotiations, it’s okay to say “no” to a job offer if it’s not inline with what you feel is appropriate based on your research and needs. Remember, saying “no” opens up negotiations. Also, if the employer says “no” to your counter offer, it doesn’t mean he or she isn’t willing to work with you to find something that works for both parties (that’s why they call it negotiating!).
This is why you do so much prep work in the beginning. If you know your numbers, have a “walk away” rate, and demonstrate your value to the employer, you’re more likely to negotiate for an offer that works for you. If not, it might not be the right opportunity for you at this point.
Yes, salary negotiations can be stressful. However, it’s a big part of the hiring process. If you choose to forgo the negotiation process because you’re afraid, you’ll risk selling yourself short. Don’t do that to yourself! If you get nervous, try practicing your negotiating skills with a friend or a career coach. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll get doing it.
See? You can do this whole salary dance! And it doesn’t have to be awkward. As long as you apply these tips, you don’t have to worry about salary negotiations.
You just got a NEW LinkedIn connection – Woo hoo! Okay, now what? How can you start building your professional relationship with this person so you add value to each other’s network? Here are some tips for getting a dialog started with new LinkedIn connections.
If you’re having trouble thinking of what to say in your initial message to your new LinkedIn connection, start with your subject line and then elaborate. You can say something as simple as “Thanks for connecting!” or even “It’s great to meet you!”
If you enjoyed an article they wrote or shared, you can say something like, “Loved your article!” or “Thanks for sharing your insight!”
If you met your new LinkedIn connection in person at a networking event, you could say something like, “It was great to meet you yesterday at the ABC Event!” or “Wanted to continue our conversation from yesterday.”
2. Introduce yourself (or re-introduce yourself).
Send your new connections a brief message to introduce yourself – or reintroduce yourself if you’ve previously met. This will give them a refresher and will help jog their memories from when you last spoke.
3. Mention things you have in common with each other.
Take a look at your new LinkedIn connection’s profile and see what you have in common. Do you share a similar skill set? Do you volunteer for the same organization? Take a look and start a conversation around it. It will make it easier for you to break into a real dialog. Plus, it will help you build a stronger personal connection between the two of you.
In order to have a strong network, you need to constantly offer value to it. When you meet a new connection, make it clear that you’ll be a valuable contributor to his or her network. You can say something like, “Please let me know how I can help you achieve your goals” or “I’d be happy to support you in any way I can.”
5. Don’t ask for favors just yet.
Don’t ask for anything right off the bat. It makes you look greedy. It’s important to build a relationship with this person before you ask for any favors – They’ll be more likely to help you out once they know who you are and that you’ll return the favor.
Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with a LinkedIn connection ever again. Use these tips!
Quitting. It’s a huge decision. It’s also something all of us have considered at least once. Thinking about quitting your job? Before you make any rash decisions, you need to ask yourself a few very important questions. The last thing you want to do is regret a major life move like quitting your job.
Here are five things you should consider before quitting your job:
1. Have you served in that job for two years?
What the heck is the two-year rule, and why does it matter? Well, typically, it takes a few months to train and get comfortable in a position. However, most people aren’t just automatically great at their jobs. They need to take some time to hone their new skills and really provide value to the company before they can market those new skills toward another job.
2. Do you have the right experience?
Have you built up enough experience so you can effectively market yourself for another role? You may need to stay a little longer so you can build that credibility and really hone those skills. That way, you’ll have a better shot of getting that job you really want.
3. Are you overworked?
Are you feeling like things are getting a little out of control? Are you just burned out? If that’s the case, you want to try to “reclaim” the job, as J.T. O’Donnell, founder and CEO of CAREEREALISM.com says. Look for assistance, tools, and resources so you can take more control over your job and tasks.
4. Have you tried to energize the role, or take it to the next level?
“Sometimes, we get bored,” says O’Donnell. “We know the job like the back of our hand, it’s easy, and we’re looking for more of a challenge. So, you should be stepping up to the plate and ASKING for those responsibilities.”
Instead of quitting your job, it might be a good time to leverage the skills you’ve learned.
5. Is there something else going on?
Are you blaming work when it’s really something going on in other areas of your life? Things like relationship issues or other challenges can cause extra stress. If you’re blaming your job for that extra stress, quitting is probably not your best option because that stress is just going to carry over to the next job. It’s better to resolve the issues that are happening outside of work before you leave your job.
BONUS TIP: Be careful.
“If you choose to quit a job, don’t do it without having another job lined up first,” says O’Donnell.
According to O’Donnell, the average job search takes about nine months. NINE! That’s a long time to be without work.
Think it through and make smart choices. If it’s time to quit, you know what to do!
In Part One, we talked about the basics of setting up your environment during video interviews. Now that you’ve prepped your background, it’s time to move onto the technical part of the video interview. If you haven’t watched Part One, you can find it HERE. Now, let’s get down to this…
Tackling the technical side of video interviews can be intimidating for people who aren’t tech savvy, but don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it.
Don’t use your built in.
The built in webcams on computers for the most part are not the best quality. It’s worth it to buy an inexpensive external HD camera from your local Best Buy or Walmart. This is your first impression, you want to put your best foot forward here.
Audio is king.
Most people forget about the importance of audio and this is honestly the most important thing when it comes to video interviews. If they can’t hear you properly, how can they conduct an interview? The built in mics on computer are horrible don’t ever rely on them. Purchase an external microphone for as low as $20 at your local Best Buy. This will be your saving grace.
P.S. Remember to test the audio level beforehand. You don’t want to run into overly loud or soft audio during the interview.
WiFi is no good.
This is one of those times were WiFi will not be enough. You need have your Ethernet connected so the video/audio will stream properly. Video needs a lot of bandwidth and WiFi just won’t cut it. The last thing you want is to be cutting in and out during your interview.
QUICK TIP: Be sure to give yourself time to get familiar with all your equipment and streaming software. You don’t want to be scrambling. You could run into to problems. This gives you time to go exchange equipment, if need be, and find a solution.
Run-throughs are your friends.
Know the streaming service. Depending on what video streaming service the employer is using you want to make sure you’ve properly test your new equipment set up with it. It’s normal to run into simple problems like not having the proper camera selected or audio input. You want to figure all of this out beforehand so all you have to do is pick up the call when the time comes. Knowing that everything will work properly is a big weight off your shoulders.
Practice interviews for the win.
Grab a friend or family member and ask them to do a practice run with you. Do this on Google Hangouts because it records your session on YouTube so you can go back and review. Critique your background, lighting, body language, eye contact, streaming quality, outfit, and more. This is a fantastic way to prepare, and it will make you feel confident going into your upcoming video interviews.
Stick notes and video screen placement.
There are a few other tips that might make your interview setup work better for you. Position the interviewers video box right below, or as close to, your web camera as possible. That way, if you’re tempted to look at him or her, it won’t drastically divert your eyes like having it far lower on your screen would. Also, if you’re a person who likes notes, position sticky notes around your monitor and near your webcam so they’re within view. That way, you don’t have to look down and away from the camera.
Now you’re ready, my friends. Feel confident and professional going into your next virtual interview. You’re going to knock their socks off!
Virtual or video interviews are gaining in popularity these days, especially if you’re relocating to new city that’s far way. Because this type of job interviewing is so new, most people aren’t sure how to prepare. I’ve got some tips that will help you look more professional in your video interviews.
Be aware of your environment. This step is very important and is overlooked by people a lot of the time. Know what’s going on and how things look before you start your job interview.
Give people a heads up. You want to let the people you live with (i.e. roommates, spouses, kids, etc.) know that you’re going to have an interview so they can be quiet and not walk into the background of your shot.
Put away your pets! You don’t want your pets walking around in the background of your video set up. If your pet that tends to make a lot of noise, find someone that can take them for a walk or get them out of the house for a short time while you conduct your video interview.
Pick a good spot to set up. You don’t want a dark and messy room as your background. Pick a spot if you can that has lots of natural light and is clean. No beds, kitchens, or clutter in that background!
Your virtual interview is likely your first chance to make a great impression. Don’t waste this precious opportunity by forgetting the steps above. Now, go nail those video interviews!
Before you go into an interview, whether it’s a phone screen, in-person, group, panel, or virtual interview, you MUST do your homework on the company.You want to understand the companies to which you’re applying BEFORE the interview. That way, when they ask, “So, what do you know about us?” you’ll have a solid answer and won’t be flustered. (P.S. The last thing you want to say is “Oh, not much. I was hoping you’d tell me!”)
2. Understand what salary range is competitive.
Always, always, always understand what’s the going rate for your position in your industry. The hard truth is, you might not make the same salary as your last job. You need to understand what’s a competitive salary BEFORE you apply for a job (and especially before you get into the interviewing process). Otherwise, you risk pricing yourself out of the job right off the bat, or worse, selling yourself short.
3. Know what you bring to the table.
Know what exactly what you bring to the table in terms of value. Why are YOU going to be an asset to this company? What problem are you going to solve and how will you solve it better than the ‘other guy’? You need to understand this inside and out. Otherwise, you’re going to have a hard time selling yourself to the interviewer.
4. Prepare some examples.
Examples help you backup your claims. They’re proof that you’ve been there, done that, and did it well. Prepare some relevant, quantifiable accomplishments that you can bring up during the interview to reinforce your skill sets.
5. Practice your delivery.
Practice makes perfect! The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be when you’re in the interview. You’ll look calm, focused, and confident. Consider doing a mock interview with a friend or a career coach beforehand to get you warmed up for the real thing!
When you’re REALLY nervous for a job interview, it can work against you. You might not realize it, but your nervousness can actually make you overcompensate and appear arrogant, which can hurt your first impression. Instead of risking looking overconfident during interviews, apply these tips.
If you’re worried you’ll sound like you’re bragging during an interview, take some of the focus off of you by talking about your mentors. Show them that you’re open to new perspectives and respect the expertise of others. This will take some of the pressure off you and highlight that you’re willing to learn from others (A.K.A, you’re probably not a know-it-all).
Ask great questions.
One sign of looking arrogant is talking too much about yourself. Yes, you’re expected to talk about yourself during interviews, but the best interviews are two-way conversations between interviewee and the interviewer. When you do this, you appear more interested and genuinely excited about what they have to say. So, pepper in some insightful questions about the role, company, or the interviewer.
Find your self-confidence.
The truth is, if you’re overcompensating, you’re trying to make up for that lack a lack of self-confidence. And that lack of confidence contributes to that overwhelming nervousness you’re feeling. So, find ways to increase your self-confidence. Whether it’s showcasing your strengths or passion for the industry, find a way to boost your self-confidence.
Don’t let “accidental arrogance” kill an opportunity. Use these tips to nail that first impression!