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7 Harsh Truths You Need To Learn About Getting Hired

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7 Harsh Truths You Need To Learn About Getting Hired

These judgments may not seem politically correct or even fair, but they happen. They are as much a part of the interview process as much as handing in your resume. When you hand them that resume, you are giving them the right judge, analyze and evaluate you and your life’s accomplishments. They want to see if you will fit the position they have available. They make that decision by judging you. They look at your mannerisms, personality, style and much more.

Whether these judgments are made subconsciously or on purpose, they are there and they do happen. You should be aware of these things before going into an interview. Do your best to prepare yourself so you can present the kind of person they want to hire.

These truths may seem harsh, but it’s reality. You should be aware of all these things before going in to an interview. Just remember, it’s not just your resume they’re looking at.

Here are 7 harsh truths about getting hired.

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1. What’s in a Name?

The first thing your interviewer will see on your resume is your name. You want it to make a good impression. Think about the name you have at the top of the paper before sending it in.

Some nicknames are looked at as immature and childish. Let’s look at this from the interviewers perspective: you have two applicants trying to get the same position. You look at their resume and they are fairly similar. You look at their names, one is named Michael and the other, AJ. Judging by names alone, which one sounds more professional? And be honest! Of course Michael does. Nicknames are fine for friends and family members, even for coworkers once you have the job, but wait until you get the job before introducing yourself, “Hi! My friends call me Bubba.”

Unfortunately people will also judge you by the ethnic origin of your name. Names that are commonly associated with a specific race will be judged according to the interviewers’ general perception of that group of people.

It’s not about changing who you are; it’s about being strategic and getting yourself in the running so you have a chance at getting the job.

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2. Hey Good Lookin’!

Looks matter. Good looking people are more likely to get hired than unattractive people. They get more callbacks and more job offers. Many attractive people have lived their life receiving compliments, praise, etc. this has resulted in having high self-esteem and confidence in themselves. People look for those qualities when hiring someone to work for them.

3. The Short End of the Stick.

Short people are less likely to be in higher paid or more reputable positions. People who hold prestigious positions usually have a very dominant personality. They are seen as confident, powerful and bold. Short people are rarely described with these words.

4. Age does matter.

You can be either too old or too young in their eyes. If you’re young they assume you don’t have any experience, in a career position or within the field itself. If you are considered to be too old, it might make them wonder why you are searching for a job at this point in your life. Why couldn’t you commit at your previous job?

5. You posted that on Facebook?

Social media accounts will be checked. We live in a technology based world. The things you post on your social media profiles are a reflection of who you are. Your posts will show your interests, vocabulary, maturity level, etc. These are all things a perspective boss will look into. They want to know the kind of person they are hiring and social media has made that easier than filing for a background check.

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6. Your dog ate your resume?

Coming unprepared to an interview is one the worst things you could do. It forces the interviewer to make snap judgments about you that may or may not be true. They will assume you are lazy, irresponsible, you can’t prioritize, you procrastinate and much more. These are not thoughts you want running through an interviewers’ mind as you’re sitting in the chair across from them.

7. Zip code profiling.

People are aware of which zip codes represent what kind of community. Interviewers will judge you based on where you live. There are few things you can do if this situation is a possibility for you. Most people have stopped putting their address on resumes. A phone number and email address should suffice. Others will put a parent or family member’s address, if they live in a good community.

 

Searching for a job is hard enough. So many things factor into whether or not you get the job. It’s not only about your qualifications. Some of these factors are things that you might never have thought about, but they matter. There are items in this list that might be harsh, but it’s the reality of the job search world.

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These are mistakes you could be making and not know. Sometimes the smallest thing could cause you not to get hired. Take these truths into consideration the next time you go in for an interview.

If you fall into one of these categories, we aren’t saying you don’t’ have a chance. We’re saying go in, be prepared and be the one to break the mold.

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Last Updated on August 25, 2021

Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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