It’s rough out there – job competition, shortages of jobs, a constant rise in the cost of living.
These days, it’s getting harder for people to land their ideal job that they worked so hard for. Hard, but not impossible.
This may sound to most people reading this, but your ability to land your dream job is held back only by the limitations that you put on yourself.
It’s a noisy world out there, but there are always ways to stand out. In this post, I’ve concocted 5 ways to stand out from your competitors and make that job interview your…well you know what. ;p – Gangnam-Style.
1. Classy. Never Casual
As cliche as it may sound, you really must dress for success. What you wear says a lot about you as a person from your confidence level, to attitude, to manner of professionalism.
One of the best things you can do is dress classier than your competition. Now, I’m not saying to go all out with a tuxedo or anything, but the goal is to look good. Damn good.
When you look good, you feel good. Which is great for job interviews because you will gain more confidence.
Also, there’s a psychological benefit to dressing this way because some people will treat you better than the average dressed Deborah.
2. Slice Your Competition in Style
This one may sound a little out there but it’s kind of just for fun.
Dressing fancy is one thing, but you want to always have an original style. Not only will this make you stand out, but it will give you an edge above your fellow competitors.
One of the best ways to do this is to put in more thought and effort than others, and be willing to do the things that they aren’t.
For example, you could take some time before your interview to learn important facts and history about the job and company in order to be better prepared. Out of all the people that are applying, how many do you think will have taken time out of their day to do the same thing? These days- probably not many.
Most companies have websites that you can easily access and obtain the information.
Now if you really wanna do things up big, show up in a limousine. Ha, ok that may be taking it a little overboard but once you get the job you could always take your new boss out as a thank you. ;P
3. Attitude Draws Magnitude
One of the most crucial things that have stuck with me over the years and helped me the most has been the consistent application of a positive mental attitude.
With the state of our world today, more and more people have adopted a negative mindset that serves up excuses for why things in their lives are so terrible and they can’t get a decent job. Wouldn’t you agree?
The cold hard truth is that your attitude can make or break you and in a world of success, there IS no room for negativity.
If you want to be successful you have to expect it and be opportunistic along the way. Keeping a positive mindset can be extremely difficult, especially in the beginning. But once you’ve made it a habit, your life will change for the better and good things will come to you, including that job you’ve always wanted.
Sorry, I know I’ve kind of gone off on a tangent with this one but I can’t express enough what a big difference your attitude can make.
If you’re struggling for self-confidence, a positive mindset can give you a boost and make job interviews easier for you.
Remember, people are attracted to those with confidence and a well-rounded attitude.
4. Watch Your Tone
Relax, I’m not scolding you. ;-p
How you speak is a reflection of your process of thinking and of course, your ability to communicate. This can make a big impact on your interviewer’s decision and opinion of you so you obviously want to make a good first impression.
It’s best to speak slowly and clearly. Not so slow that your words are dragging, yet not so fast that they trip all over one another.
Many people get nervous just thinking about a job interview, so sometimes it can be difficult to control how we speak all together and even how focused we think.
It takes at least pinch of confidence to keep cool, calm, and collected in a job interview, so the best thing you can do is work on just that.
5. Go Above and Beyond
This last one is influenced by Grant Cardone – a master salesman – and his book The 10x Rule. Grant has achieved his massive success by taking MASSIVE action or in his words, 10x the action of his competitors.
When you take multiple times the action of the competition, you have that many more shots at making it and certainly more than they do.
Grants suggests that you can’t be successful when you’re average, and that average actions only yield average results. So why be average?
Why not stand out from your competitors and be so different that the person performing the interview will almost feel stupid if they don’t choose you.
Your only on this planet for so long so why not take some initiative and dedicate yourself to being the best. In the end it doesn’t take any more effort to be exceptional than it does to be average, despite what it may seem.
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