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Don’t Wear Flip-Flops to Your InterviewCompetition for jobs has become tougher, and people have become a lot more astute about conducting a job search, so just sending out a few résumés and waiting for a response is no longer a valid way to look for a position. Rather, assigning themselves the “job” of looking for a job is the way successful job seekers operate today. It takes the right combination of energy, commitment, and optimism, tempered with a sense of humor, to keep the doldrums away while searching for a job. In Don’t Wear Flip-Flops to Your Interview, Dr. Paul Powers shares his years of experience helping people obtain jobs they love.

Job hunting is hard work, but treating it like a job can make it easier and more rewarding. Job seekers should:

  • Identify the top 10 roadblocks to successful job hunting and take steps to combat them. Although it is difficult to control the amount of time it takes to find a job, there are many other things job seekers can control, and that puts them in charge of the process.
  • Work on interview skills, practice interview style, and tailor this practice to specific interviews. Interview anxiety is natural, but being completely prepared in advance alleviates many of the fears that cause it.
  • Use multiple sources to locate job opportunities, and utilize them all at the same time. It pays to become familiar with print and online job markets, recruiters and employment agencies, and hidden job resources that are often accessed by word of mouth.
  • Research each company, anticipate questions and answers, and be totally prepared. The right attitude, coupled with dialogue that shows the job seeker did the necessary homework to find out about the job and the company beforehand, will impress most interviewers.
  • Beat out the competition by projecting a friendly, positive, and respectful attitude. Job seekers who make it to the short list are those who dress and groom professionally and who communicate directly and clearly.
  • Maintain good references who can be counted on to deliver a great recommendation, and be sure to thank them every time they are contacted. The reference list should be regularly updated and references called to make sure they are still willing to provide that service.

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