Welcome back to Third Wave Career Coaching and the fall edition of Career Splash. With summer vacation a distant memory and kids back in school, many of you are getting back into your work routines. Fall is the perfect time to turn our attention back to career goals and next steps. In this newsletter I will provide a number of career management tips and tricks to help you figure out the next chapter in your career.
4 simple body language tips for your next interview
Research conducted by UCLA has revealed that only 7 percent of our communication is based on verbal communication. The rest comes from tone of voice and body language such as facial expression, body posture and eye movement. Body language provides a huge amount of information about us to others, especially during interviews. Being more aware of the non – verbal clues we project can give us a tremendous advantage during the interview.
- Emulating body language is ok. When two people mirror body language, (i.e. leaning your head the same way as the other person) it signals they have developed a bond with one another. This is something we do unconsciously when we have developed trust with the other person.
- Sincere smiles make your eyes crinkle. A genuine smile reaches further than the mouth and will cause crinkling of the skin around the eyes, otherwise known as crow’s feet. So the next time you want to know if someone’s smile is genuine look for crinkles at the corner of their eyes. If they aren’t there that smile is hiding something.
- Posture reveals your presence. Ever see the movie Patton staring George C. Scott? Whenever Patton walked into a room or was in front of his troops, you knew immediately who was in charge. The effect he had on others was really about body language, including an erect posture and expansive body gestures. He had the uncanny ability to project a lot of space even though he was not a large man, physically. We know that the brain is hardwired to equate power with the amount of space people take up. Standing up straight with shoulders held back is a power position. Try comparing this with someone who slouches. With a slouching posture we appear to take up much less space and therefore project less power. Maintain good posture and you will command more respect and find it easier to engage with others.
- Raised eyebrows signal discomfort. When we are feeling worried, fearful or surprised we may not notice our eyebrows going up. Just try raising your eyebrows when you are having a relaxed conversation and you will find it hard to do. The next time you see someone raising their eyebrows it could be they are uncomfortable with something that is being said or happening.
Best questions to ask at the end of the interview
Having a fist full of thoughtful questions at the end of every interview can make or break your chances of getting hired. Employers will evaluate you on the questions you ask to determine your knowledge of their industry as well as your genuine interest in their company. Be prepared for this critical part of the interview by selecting a few of the following questions.
- Who would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare? Better to know right away if you are a contender for the job instead of wasting time pursuing one that is not a fit.
- How has this position evolved? Gives you insight as to whether the job is a dead end or a stepping – stone. Plus it shows you are interested in how the organization is structured.
- Who do you consider your major competitors? And what is the company’s strategy for staying ahead? Demonstrates you are already thinking about the company’s challenges and how you might add value.
- What do you like most about working here? This questions helps you create engagement with the interviewer by giving them a chance to talk about themselves. It also gives you an insider’s perspective on the best parts of working for the organization.
- How would you rate the company on living up to its core values? What’s the one thing you are working to improve upon? This is a diplomatic way to ask about any shortcomings within the company – which you should be aware of before joining a company. And, it demonstrates you are being proactive.
- What have past employees done to succeed in this position? The point here is to find out how the company measures success and individual performance.
- Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision? Asking this question shows you have covered all your bases and that you are truly enthusiastic about the opportunity.
- What is your timeline for making a decision? And when can I expect to hear back from you? You need to determine how and when to follow up and how long to wait before focusing your energies elsewhere.
Little Known Secrets to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Standout
Rearrange sections – Most of us are led to believe LinkedIn profile sections are preset, following the same order – Summary, Experience, Endorsements, etc. The fact is, you can reorder the sections to best convey your brand. This is particularly helpful for students without a lot of work experience who may want to showcase their education up front; or returnees – to – work, wanting to de-emphasize outdated work experience in lieu of volunteer work.
Inject a little personality. We’ve all read enough boring LinkedIn summaries to put us to sleep. Your LinkedIn profile is not a resume and should be approached with ‘audience engagement’ in mind. People are curious by nature so consider writing your profile in storytelling format. Tell your audience how you got to where you are now and what excites you about the work you do. And be sure to write it in first person to really engage your audience. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you compose your LinkedIn summary.
- Why did you get into this line of work? What drew you to it? Take me back to the beginning of your fascination with (airplanes, non-profits, reptiles, etc.)
- Why are you good at what you do? How do you do things differently from your peers?
- What do you take pride in at work? What do you want to be known for?
- What about you would most people at work not know? What would surprise them?
Make the most of connection requests – We all know that customizing connection requests is the sure way to expand one’s network. Did you know LinkedIn’s mobile app has a feature specifically designed to help you do just that? Here’s how:
- Go to the invitee’s profile. Ignore the connect button and click instead on the three dots in the upper right.
- Choose “Personal Invite”.
- Compose your message and click send.
Need help with your LinkedIn profile? Contact us today for a free consultation. Enjoy the fall colors and be sure to visit us on Twitter , Facebook and Google+. If you have specific questions you would like to ask Coach Deb please post them on Third Wave’s Facebook page or visit our website at www.thirdwavecareercoaching.com . If you have enjoyed this edition of Career Splash please share it with a friend.