Being sexy begins between the ears. You can wear the prettiest outfit, form fitting, the right color and still feel uncomfortable in your shoes. it’s all about confidence. Besides sexy in general is so subjective. Personal preferences, culture influences and stereotypes all play a role that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Try finding a picture of someone you would like to use as your inspiration. We all play role daily. Use this image as your character as your muse to focus in your minds eye to put on your sexy. Clothing is an expression of how good you feel. Avoid letting negative talk like I’m too fat, too old, too conservative get in you way. There are mere insignificant road blocks to success. Take a minute to evaluate your definition of sexy and beauty. You may discover more things you appreciate about yourself that you realize.
There is such a misconception of what branding, public relations or what social media’s function is in business. Some consider a logo a brand while other view PR as smooching. Why have things become so confusing these days? Business these days is running at a sprinters pace with a new technological advancement in some sectors which seems by the minute. It can be very overwhelming for CEOs and managers to keep up with all of it. Try to take a step back and really listen to your customers. They often will point you to the right direction. All this tech stuff is great but remember it’s relationships which is the glue that holds all of these vehicles to make our life’s work easier. All it takes is making a goal to take small steps to eventually make big strides in business. One may be reaching out to new audiences while another may be looking how viable your business plan really is. If you make a plan and never return to it throughout the year then it’s wishful thinking not a viable working plan to help you achieve your objective and goals.
I am the CEO and have the final say when someone is hired at my company. I thought it might be beneficial to offer some useful tips on how to get hired in this economy. A perspective from the other side… of the desk I mean.
We are currently trying to fill 3 new positions. It’s quite surprising the lack of detail and care many candidates project out there. Remember, you are the product…you are the brand. Every time a potential candidate reaches out to my company for a job it will leave a lasting impression, for better or for worse. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to stand out about the crowd.
• Everyone and their brother wants to make a million bucks, who doesn’t, please go in there with a realistic expectation of what today’s market prices can bear for your talent. Keep in mind if HR didn’t see the potential in you would not even get interviewed.
• Talent is subjective. Everyone thinks they are the best at this or that. Show me proof why you are the are the best. But also be aware of what your weaknesses are as well. A well grounded candidate is a person you can work with over any over inflated egos.
• Provide references that still have working phone numbers. I can’t tell you how many calls I made to find out the cell phone provided was someone else or disconnected.
• Don’t over inflate or exaggerate how great your accomplishments. I once interviewed a person for a job. Her references were mainly non working numbers, the staff didn’t remember who she was or she just flat out lied in her interview. They told me point blank she was the opposite of her claims. It would be so much better for this candidate to be honest and open about her past performance than to provide misleading information. If a candidate lied about things already, what would it be like to trouble shoot any issues that may arise with a client? A person needs to demonstrate strong ethical behavior regardless what others may think. We all have good and bad jobs-that’s life.
• In a interview, if the pay range isn’t what you had in mind please do not use this as a opportunity to negotiate the pay range before your are even offered the job. You might be over stepping by assuming you already have it. Let them offer the job first before going into a heated negotiation. I understand money is tight for everyone. You might consider other outside perks beyond price such as work environment, staff and company reputation. No one included the employer wants to hire someone who can’t wait to leave the minute they get to work.
• Check out the company before you attend the interview. I was interviewing this girl and she flat out lied about viewing our website. She was going on and on about the case study regarding work for one of our clients. The thing was, there wasn’t any case studies regarding this client. Just be honest. It will get you a lot farther.
• Be yourself, relax and really show your personality.
In conclusion, if you (your brand) is authentic and honest about what you can bring to the table, you have already stood out. I care about all of my staff and I want to place someone who I can not only help them grow but is also an important asset to part of my team.
I am thankful when someone takes to the time to submit a resume for consideration. I often wonder when we get job applicants who submit resumes without any regard to the job posting or a missing cover letter. Were they just time poor and hoping something will stick? Lets get real. If a candidate is truly interested in working here they might need to make an small time investment in finding out about the corporate culture, our clients etc… I can’t tell you some of the interesting responses I have gotten why a cover letter wasn’t attached. It’s like coming to a job interview wearing a pair of Chuck tennis shoes. I appreciate business casual, please keep in mind I think those shoes are cool if you were already hired. But an interview is the time for us to see your best foot forward.
If I have to give advise to the job seeker in this tough economy I have a few tips:
• Read the posting to see if your skill set is the right fit for the job
• Read and address your strengths in proving the ability to perform required job duties and responsibilities
• Don’t call and say your applying for any job that’s open.
• Review the company’s website and research them before you go to the interview.
• If the posting states no phone calls please – it means wait for them to contact you.
• If the posting asks for resume, references, salary requirements etc… do include all of them.
• Be as realistic on job compensation based upon today’s standards
• Provide real working phone numbers for references
• Don’t send a note to a job posting asking for more information about a job posting before sending a resume.
There are jobs out there. You just need to have some patience and don’t give up. Good luck.