Job Search Alert! It’s Time to Get More Confident Looking for a Job

Proven techniques can help us become more confident for our job search — both for applying and interviewing.

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By Coach Mojo

WHAT DOES BEING “MORE CONFIDENT” HAVE TO DO WITH FINDING WORK?

How about, well… everything? (unlike some popular job search sites #YesIndeed)

Because confidence isn’t just polishing up a resume and making it rain. Nor is it about walking into an interview with our chest puffed out.

Confidence is knowing we’re following the best process to earn employers’ attention — and once on their radar, that we have the unquestionable ability to channel our nerves, crush our interviews, and land that job.

And we have proven techniques to help you do it, brought to you by some of the best “confidence coaches” in the biz (yes, confidence coaches are real, and in high demand from some of the world’s top performers).

See, HR directors and hiring managers smell fear — and it’s not attractive.

Since job searching is a two-step process of “applying” and “interviewing,” we’ll traverse both topics to turn you into the most confident job applicant this world has ever known. Starting from square one…

APPLYING WITH CONFIDENCE​

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Lukas Yla moved from Lithuania to San Francisco, looking for a marketing job. But at the tender age of 25, he was just another mid-level resume in one of the most competitive cities in the world. So he got creative.

He purchased a Postmates t-shirt and a box of donuts… and posed as a delivery guy to literally “deliver” his resume to San Fran’s top 40 marketing agencies. The inside of his donut box read:

“Most resumes end up in trash. Mine – in your belly.”

It worked. Of the 40 agencies he visited, Lukas landed 10 interviews — a staggering 25 percent return on his efforts!

See, Lukas was right. Most resumes do end up in the trash. And that’s because most of us are applying for jobs the wrong way.

Statistics reveal only 2 percent of applicants are called in for interviews. And 85 percent of those jobs are filled through networking (according to LinkedIn). Which means those job search sites are a big fat waste of time.

“Most resumes end up in trash. Mine - in your belly.”


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So what’s the right way to apply for jobs?

Step 1: Determine which job(s) we want.
Step 2: Find relevant people to discuss it with (recruiters or employees).

We call these discussions “casual conversation,” and they’re even less formal than informal interviews. Casual conversations as simple as saying:

“Hey you! I’d love to learn more about what you do.”

And no, we don’t need a jelly-filled gimmick to make these connections. LinkedIn, social media, friends, and family are all great resources to lean on.

Then, after our casual conversation, we send a thank-you email, and ask our new connection if they can refer us to anyone else who might be helpful. So it doesn’t matter if this casual conversation leads to an interview. We’re planting seeds!

Oh, and one more thing…

Keep developing during your wait!

Grammy award-winning producer Jack Douglas worked as a janitor before ever stepping foot in a sound studio. But he stayed hungry and learned the technology. Then he mastered it. Years later, he’d go on to produce hit records for Aerosmith, The Who, Alice Cooper, and Cheap Trick!

There are endless resources at your fingertips, between online tutorials and classes. And most of them are free.com! So humbly acknowledge your blindspots, and get to work. It’ll make you a more qualified candidate, and give you something impressive to talk about at your casual conversations and job interviews.

Is that a segue I hear?…

INTERVIEWING WITH CONFIDENCE​

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People often say interviews are more of an art than a science. We believe it’s a bit of both.

  • It’s an art in that we have to represent our most authentic selves (just don’t cut off your ear).
  • It’s a science in that there are proven techniques to help us curb our anxiety, get focused, and execute with confidence in the room — virtual or real.


Here are three of our favorite techniques:

TECHNIQUE #1: PREPARE WITH “PAR”

Modesty is admirable. But during a job interview, it can sink us. Interviewers want to hear what we have to say. It’s literally why they asked us to come.

So if you want to share your accomplishments without feeling like your boasting, frame your accomplishments with “PAR” statements. That’s “Problem, Action, and Result.” Here’s how it works —

1) Problem: explain a problem or challenge we’ve experienced
2) Action: describe an action we took to address the problem
3) Result: explain the result and ultimate effect of our efforts

TECHNIQUE #2: USE A “PRE-PERFORMANCE ROUTINE”

Ever see a basketball player take a deep breath and spin the ball in their hands before shooting a free throw? We call that a “Pre-Performance Routine” (or PPR for short), and we can do the same thing before our job interviews to help us regulate our energy and focus.

Pre-interview jitters are 100 percent normal. They’re our body’s way of telling us this moment means a lot! But in order to perform our best, we can’t let those nerves interfere.

A well-crafted PPR takes the edge off. Here’s a PPR, all packaged up and ready to use in the ten minutes before your interview:

1) Turn on some tunes— Pop in your headphones and listen to something around a 6.5/10 on the intensity scale — chill but upbeat — to help put you in that ideal energy zone. For example, Olympic sprinter Georgeanne Moline listens to 90’s R&B before races.

2) Close your eyes and box breathe — That’s four seconds in through your nose, and four seconds out through your mouth.

3) Keep breathing, and motivate yourself — Don’t try to review talking points or facts. Research says the best thing we can do is motivate ourselves with phrases like “I got this,” “I’m ready,” and “I am loved.”

TECHNIQUE #3: CREATE A CONVERSATION

Okay, so we’ve prepared our energy and focus, and now, we’re stepping into the room (or logging onto Zoom). It’s interview time. So, like… now what?

You’ve probably heard the best job interviews feel like conversations (research agrees, finding it enhances the connection between parties). So how can we, as candidates, influence a conversational cadence?

One incredible study from MIT and University of Wisconsin, discovered it comes down to the quality of our voice.

In the study — which observed both candidates and interviewers — top candidates displayed higher levels of Vocal Activity, and lower levels of Vocal Emphasis.

👉 Translation: Talking more is good, so long as we keep our vocal cadence and intensity steady (not too fast, not too loud).

Researchers also found deliberate speaking encouraged higher levels of engagement from interviewers.

👉 Translation: If we as candidates give solid answers with steady vocal command, our interviewers will naturally engage in a conversational tone. We don’t have to force it with small talk and humor (THANK THE STARS! Unless that sorta thing comes natural to you…).

We know you have it in you to take the job market by storm. Now, with these proven tools, we hope you’re feeling more confident too!

Want more tools and techniques to gain confidence for your job search, or any of life’s many quests? Download Confidently on your mobile phone — and start empowering your everyday greatness, today.
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