Establishing Yourself as a Known Authority to Get a Job

Written by Scott Brown

When it comes to finding a job,repparttar fewer people you're competing against to get a position,repparttar 139054 better. Responding to job ads posted onrepparttar 139055 major job sites is a highly competitive situation because for most positions, at least a couple hundred people will respond. It's far better forrepparttar 139056 employer to find you in a less competitive situation. This week's job searching tip discusses establishing yourself as a known authority so potential employers can find you.


Writing an article is a great way to raise your profile in your industry and/or profession. Published authors are perceived as experts and more knowledgeable than others inrepparttar 139057 profession. If you've discovered an interesting way of doing something at work that you think others would like to know about, that could be a great topic for an article. Of course if it's something unique to your company, you need to make sure your employer wouldn't consider it a proprietary trade secret. Another potential topic is discussing what you foresee happening in your industry or profession inrepparttar 139058 future.

Once you have a topic, your article can simply discuss your experiences with it. Or, you may want to interview other professionals who have experience withrepparttar 139059 topic to get their input. Being able to quote other people inrepparttar 139060 article can make it even more interesting.

You also should have at least one trade journal/magazine in mind for your article. If you're not sure what magazines there are for your profession or industry, check with your professional or trade association. You can find a directory of associations onrepparttar 139061 Association Executives site at You can even e-mailrepparttar 139062 editor ofrepparttar 139063 magazine you're targeting aboutrepparttar 139064 article you're thinking of writing and ask ifrepparttar 139065 topic you have in mind is something they would be interested in.

Visualizing Success in Job Interviews

Written by Scott Brown

Some interviewers do a good job and make sure they ask you pertinent questions. However, most interviewers are not good at interviewing and therefore will not ask you questions that will let you provide information showing how you're qualified and can dorepparttar job. A study by psychology professors Hunter & Schmidt in "Psychology Today" found a typical employment interview is only 7 percent more accurate than flipping a coin. This is becauserepparttar 139053 typical interviewer doesn't knowrepparttar 139054 right questions to ask and makes a decision based on their "gut feeling" about a candidate.

Unless you're dealing with an exceptional interviewer, which you can usually determine rather quickly, you should take it upon yourself to insure you find out whatrepparttar 139055 employer is looking for and convey how you can dorepparttar 139056 job. There are two important things you need to accomplish in interviews: one is providingrepparttar 139057 interviewer with factual information supportingrepparttar 139058 idea that you are a good fit forrepparttar 139059 job;repparttar 139060 other is forrepparttar 139061 interviewer to connect with that logic on an emotional level. Trial attorneys face a similar challenge when presenting their case to a jury. They need to provide them with both factual information and with an emotional connection to their version ofrepparttar 139062 story.

The most powerful way of creating an emotional connection is through visualization. Just as a jury needs to visualize an attorney's version of a story for them to have an emotional connection with it, an interviewer needs to be able to visualize you inrepparttar 139063 role they're hiring for, doingrepparttar 139064 tasks ofrepparttar 139065 job. The interviewer needs to see you doing those things and needs to be able to visualizerepparttar 139066 outcomes. Helping someone visualize your story can be done by using detailed descriptions of actions and through appropriate use of hand gestures and body language.

To illustrate, instead of sayingrepparttar 139067 person burglarizedrepparttar 139068 house, which is an abstract idea, a trial attorney would describerepparttar 139069 actions: John walked uprepparttar 139070 brick walkway at 8:00 pm on a moonlit evening, shatteredrepparttar 139071 side window and climbed intorepparttar 139072 house. The first way of explaining what happened just gives an abstract idea which creates either no image inrepparttar 139073 listener's mind, or just a vague image that they won't remember. The second way provides a vivid image they can easily recall and connect to. The attorney might even use some gestures and body language when talking about walking uprepparttar 139074 steps or shatteringrepparttar 139075 window, which further reinforcesrepparttar 139076 visual imagery.

"Lead with Need" One ofrepparttar 139077 most common mantras inrepparttar 139078 sales world is "Lead with Need." This means before you start blabbing about how great you are, find out whatrepparttar 139079 customer needs first. Recruiters often describe jobs in terms of skills and education required. These are really just symptoms of a person who could be capable of doingrepparttar 139080 job but don't explain what is actually involved. You need to dig deeper and find out fromrepparttar 139081 recruiterrepparttar 139082 specific tasks that need to be accomplished. Here are some examples of specific tasks: - Migraterepparttar 139083 office from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003 - Installrepparttar 139084 SAP enterprise software system in all offices nationwide - Increase sales of our photocopiers torepparttar 139085 pharmaceutical industry by 25% overrepparttar 139086 next 9 months These are examples of deliverables - specific tasks that need to be accomplished. Ask follow-up questions to be sure you understand. Take notes whenrepparttar 139087 interviewer is talking if you like. One caveat if you take notes: Just make sure you're coming across as being sincerely interested inrepparttar 139088 position and not coming across as a salesman or manipulator.

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