I’ll take this as a compliment, thanks!
Just a small piece of advice, friends. Keep your LinkedIn messages professional.
There comes a time when everyone thinks, “I thought I interviewed well. What happened? Why didn’t I get through to the next round?” I think it’s human nature to always be asking “why”. Let’s split this into a few scenarios:
You submitted your resume, but never heard back. Why?
I had a phone interview with the recruiter, but never heard back. Why?
I had an interview with the hiring manager, but never heard back. Why?
Job searches are hard. Some would say, interviews are harder. They’re stressful, they put you in a position of vulnerability. Approach your job search like you would any other tough situation in life — head on!
Remember… head down, chin up!
Let’s start off with this. For those who haven’t read my blog on the importance of candidate experience, click here to read why I think this is so important.
I’ll give you a minute to read.
Today, I received an email from a candidate I’ve been working with for months. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Candidate experience is my #1 priority. I would rather hire less people and give them 100% of my efforts, than to hire a ton and to give them 50%.
Emails like the one below make me happy. They let me know I have done right by (one of) my client.
To all the candidates out there, don’t hesitate to show your recruiter some love. They really do appreciate the kind words, and it makes our day!
People continue to amaze me. And, unfortunately, not always in a good way.
LinkedIn is, as defined by Google:
… the world’s largest professional network with millions of members and growing rapidly. We can help you: Establish your professional profile and control one of the top search results for your name. Build and maintain a broader network of professionals you can trust.
The key word here is “professional network”. A professional network, as defined by Wikipedia:
… is a type of social network service that is focused solely on interactions and relationships of a business nature rather than including personal, nonbusiness interactions
Check out this beauty of a LinkedIn message I received on Friday:
Since when has LinkedIn started allowing this? I guess they don’t and can’t control what people do. But… What made this person think it was ok for them to solicit an “honest and happy relationship” on LinkedIn? Let alone, send it to about 10 different people in bulk?
If being a recruiter has taught me anything, it is to personalize every message you write to target your audience. This person obviously didn’t heed this lesson. Oh, the irony.
I have gotten this interview question a few times in my career, and every time I thought to myself, “Well, that’s negative, isn’t it?” But, as you take a step back and think about why the interviewer is asking it, you begin to realize exactly what they are trying to figure out.
If you ask me what my biggest career move, this is how I’d answer:
Out of college, I entered the world of sales. I was good at it and made a lot of money. I made a natural progression into Recruiting. But, there came a point where I wanted to see what else I could do. So, I left sales/recruiting and was hired as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of a biotech company. It was a role completely foreign to me, but one that I wanted to explore. I wanted to see what else I was capable of.
Within a few months, I knew that I had made a huge mistake. I was miserable, and immediately started my job search. It had absolutely nothing to do with the company or the people I worked with. It was me.
I quickly learned that I was a proactive employee. I like being responsible for my day. I like knowing that I will “fail” if I don’t continue to put in work. I like knowing that the work I put in today, pays off tomorrow. I learned that some people are reactive employees, and like being given projects to be done on a deadline. I was not that person.
Being proactive is like a game to me. I’m competitive by nature and can’t just stand by and watch things happen. And, that’s how I landed back in Recruiting. My work is measurable and defines my success.
So, my “mistake”? Going outside of my comfort zone.
The real question behind the real question?… What lessons have you learned along the way?
As always… head up, chin down! GOOD LUCK!
Have you ever:
Let’s face it, the answer is a resounding “YES” to all of the above. Don’t be shy. We have all been there. Even the best of us have struggled in our job searches. And that’s ok! So many times, I get asked “What did I do wrong?”
I can sum it up into one word: PRESENTATION. This applies to anything and everything involved in an interview process.
Imagine the following scenario. You email a recruiter, “Hi there, I’m intrested in the sales postion your posted on LinkedIn. Selling SaaS software is my life, and I can’t wait to here from you!” What’s wrong with this? You want me to believe you’re great at what you do if you can’t use spell check? Your crazy. (See what I did there? :))
Let’s try another scenario. You sent your resume into the “resume black hole”. Why didn’t you get a call back? I can go on and on and on about reasons why you didn’t. But, let me list the most common. 1) You weren’t a fit for the role. Did you read the job description? Do you have the required hard skills? 2) Your resume says another company’s name in the Objective. “I want to help build NOT-YOUR-COMPANY’S brand to it’s potential.” Great, good luck with that! 3) No contact information. Surprised? Don’t be. A lot of times, candidates do not provide a good phone number or email address for us to reach them. If we can’t reach you, how can you be considered for the role?
Ok, one more. You got the call back! Congrats! You interviewed with the team, thought it went well, and… nothing. I will say that it is NEVER ok for a recruiter/company to not provide you with an update to your candidacy. But what could have possibly gone wrong? You thought you had it in the bag! Again, PRESENTATION. Did you research the company? Were you an off-the-wall bundle of energy interviewing at an old-school, play-by-the-rules corporation? Did you wear jeans and a t-shirt to a super formal workplace? Perhaps your thoughts were all over the place, or maybe you were a nervous wreck.
The moral of the story is: presentation. Be diligent with you who present to your potential future employer. How do you want them to see you? What kind of person do you want them to view you as? What is it they will gain by hiring you?
As always… head up, chin down! Good luck!
Friends, we have all been there. The wonderful world of dating! Whether you are still courting your neighbor, flirting with every cute girl that walks into your office space, spending your time with your one-and-only (for now), or fully committed to Prince Charming… we have all “been there”. The trials and tribulations of dating teaches us so many things in life.
… Like how to job search!
What?! Seriously, Lianne? Yes! Let me explain.
PART 1: Finding the “one”
PART 2: Stages
What do you think now? Dating and job searching are pretty similar, huh? That’s what I thought.
I wish you all a life full of happiness together 🙂
As always… chin up, head down!