Are you ready for your close-up?
If the answer is no, why not? Constant change is a given for all of us, so the idea of being comfortable in your job went out the window with that last app you downloaded. No matter your age or experience level, it’s best if you face the facts head on and get ready for whatever lies ahead.
Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job, there’s no better time to get yourself ready for the “what if it happens to me” than right here and now.
Where to begin? Go back to the basics but do it with fresh eyes:
- Update your resume. If you don’t know the new lingo to use, find some good examples from the millennial generation and shamelessly borrow their formatting. They’ve already done the research. You just need to make your experience fit according to new standards, most of which are streamlined and concise.
- Never underestimate the power of LinkedIn. Think of it as a continuation of your abbreviated resume and feel free to show some personality. Do not, however, use it as you would your Facebook page, which by most accounts is for personal use only. Make sure to update your account once your resume is done, and feel free to use it to showcase things like photos of your charitable work, to link to printed white papers or articles you’ve written, and testimonials from industry peers.
- Get ready for that close-up. You know those headshots you’ve been putting off? Now is the time. Better to show the real you, the way you actually look today, over an outdated picture from your groovy past. Nothing says “I can’t face change!” faster than procrastinating about an updated headshot. Don’t wait for that suntan to return but do coordinate with a good hair day.
- Don’t sweat the cover letter. Do think about your introduction and opening presentation. Statistically, cover letters aren’t passed through the system, but once you start the face-to-face meetings, you have to be poised and ready.
- Update your wardrobe. Also, practice your “new you” self-introduction and be ready to answer observable questions pertaining to the job with something better than “I’m such a people person” or “I just love to travel.” Demonstrate your skill set in quantifiable terminology that goes beyond what your resume shows.
- Say thank you. This is one piece of advice that never changes. Always remember to drop a thank-you note after completing an interview. With or without a job offer, it’s your last chance to make a good first impression.
Let’s talk! You can use the comment section below to share your thoughts, tips and strategies. Terry Matthews-Lombardo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or HERE on LinkedIn. What else would you like PYM to be talking about?