The beginning of a new decade always feels like a clean slate – the zero at the end of the number seems to act like a reset button. And for those seeking employment, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what you want to delete, and what you’d like to keep, as you move into the future.
At The Bagg Group, we have been helping candidates find full-time opportunities in the GTA, as well as contract work and part-time employment for more than three decades. We know, from experience, that the best thing you can do is keep your list of achievements top-of-mind, and delete any history of bitterness and resentment from past work experiences.
This is not always easy. But it’s a great new year’s resolution to make. To help you stick to it, ask yourself, as a job-hunter, “How is being anything less than positive going to help me?” The answer is simple. It’s not.
Hiring managers across the GTA tell us they steer clear of candidates who project negativity. And we know that contacts who might be able to help a job-seeker also prefer not to take the call of someone who will bring them down.
A 30-year-old University of California study is still used as the definitive research on non-verbal communications. The study shows that tone of voice accounts for 38% of people’s perception of you, and body language for 55%. That means that the actual words you speak only contribute to 7% of a person’s impression.
That’s why it’s essential to walk into an interview feeling good, in body and mind, about who you are, and what you’ve accomplished. Here are two key tips from expert recruiters at The Bagg Group to help you do just that:
- Write a realistic daily plan and break down each of the day’s tasks into bite-size activities. In her new book The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done, Gene Hayden notes that the smaller the task, the more likely you will accomplish it. What’s more, in this way, each activity will be well thought out to bring you one step closer to your goal.
For example, let’s say your goal is to call a former boss. Write out each of the steps necessary for the task to be successful, as shown below.
Task: Contact Bob (former boss).
Step 1: Write out key points you wish to convey to Bob. (What are the 2 or 3 messages that I want Bob to know?)
Step 2: Write questions or requests for Bob. (What do I want the outcome of this call to be? What do I wish to ask Bob to do? )
- Celebrate all the small wins on your way to finding employment. Updating your profile on Linkedin is a win. Calling a contact and setting up a coffee is a win. Whenever you can put a checkmark next to a task, it’s worthy of a pat on the back.
Being positive about what you have done in the past, what you are accomplishing day-to-day, and what you can contribute in the future, is a key job-seeking strategy. So be sure to put it high on your list of resolutions. And the good news is that it is likely a lot easier to stick to than giving up sugar, fat, and bad TV.