COLUMBIA (WACH)â??Are holiday songs festive, cheerful, and full of advice for job seekers? According to the Richland Libraryâ??s Lori Cook, yes, they are.
Cook, who is an employment readiness trainer for the Job and Business Center at the main branch of the library says that in the lyrics about snowmen, reindeer, and Sheppardâ??s come unique ways to look at a job search.
â??Do You See What I See?â?? challenges you to look at our non-verbal communication. Are you coming off as we intend? She suggests the following:
- Practicing in front of a mirror, using software like Perfect Interview (@ RichlandLibary.com) or participating in a mock interview will help you see what other people are seeing!
- Monitor your posture, gestures and recognize the boundaries of your personal space and that of others.
- Be aware of your cues and manage them to portray a relaxed, positive and open demeanor. This exudes warmth and confidence. SMILE
â??Go Tell It on the Mountain,â?? speaks to the ability to talk about yourself. Noting the famously hard question heard at nearly every job interview, â??Tell me about yourself.â?? Cook says that having the right answer makes all the difference in the world.
- Get the interviewerâ??s attention: persuade them that your goal and their goal is one in the same, and move them to act in your favor
- To tell a great story, you have to prepare
- A great beginning that highlights a challenge you have faced
- An action-packed middle that describes the struggles and strategies used to meet the challenge
- A results-oriented ending that inspires the listener to your call to action
- An interview is a conversation. The more confident you are sharing your story, the easier the conversation is to have.
- Practice, practice, practice! Write it out, speak out loud, watch a video (Perfect Interview), do a mock interview (Practice Interview)â?| the more ways you practice, the more comfortable you become with the process.
- Can you communicate the skills that make you unique and give you an added value to the company?
- Do you fit in with this company? Your resume got you the interview, the interview is to see if you and the potential employer are a good fit. Be sure to ask questions of the employer, too. )
- Example: "I read on the company website that employees have recently done presentations at XX conference. Is that a typical opportunity in the job for which I am interviewing?â?? â??What do you like most about working here?â??
- Never ask about salary and benefits
Even if you donâ??t have a corn cob pipe, job seekers can learn not to freeze up like Frosty when his hat falls off. Cook offers this advice:
- RELAX. Think of the interview as a conversation with someone you have just be introduced to by a friend.
- BE PREPARED. Review your responses to various interview que stions so you can be ready to share your experiences and impart your attributes to the prospective employer in a natural yet professional manner
- SMILE, BE ENTHUSIASTIC and most importantly, BE YOURSELF!
The Richland Library job and Business Center provides free employment training to the community. There is no need to reside in Richland County or be a member of the library to use their services, which includes interview and computer skills, resume writing, coaching and specialized training.