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Your choice: be fascinating or forgotten!

When you apply for a posted job, assuming you’re qualified for it, one of the greatest obstacles you face is being forgotten. Here’s how to make yourself memorable, or better yet, fascinating.

Try to picture the overload affecting a recruiter handling three positions, receiving a dozen resumes every day for each with candidates in every stage of the recruiting process: screening, interviewing, reference checking, salary negotiation and on-boarding. Picture the recruiter with a family and kids, maybe with a divorce or health issue in the background (everyone’s got something).

Your recruiter could be touching 100 e-mails a day and doing 20 to 50 telephone calls. Can you see how it is that you have about 9 seconds to win a decision-maker’s attention? I talked about how to grab my attention in the first 9 seconds with a value proposition letter, now we’re going to talk about how to turn your initial win into a real connection and avoid being forgotten.

You do that with fascination. Because, as author Sally Hogshead notes, “In a competitive environment, the most fascinating option always wins.” You fascinate or you fade into the background noise. Below, I’ll share a number of ways to create connections that’ll make you memorable and keep your candidacy alive for the eventual win.

But first, watch Sally’s TedX presentation and consider reading her book Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation, which is a great read.

The book will help you understand what fascinates people and how your natural talents can play to human nature.  That will greatly benefit your career, but you’ll learn valuable life-skills too, so you can’t lose.

Just want to get started right now, you say? Here’s what you can do to make yourself memorable in your job search and how it relates to Sally’s seven fascination triggers:

Make a personal connection and mention it in follow-ups – look for something you have in common that might build rapport, someone you know in the company (check Facebook and LinkedIn), favorite sports teams, hobbies, etc. Research the interviewer online before an interview (whether in person or by telephone) and look around the office for clues when you arrive.

Building a personal connection relies on the trust trigger to comfort, relax and bind the recruiter to you. Your goal is to become familiar and maintain predictability and consistency while impressing the recruiter with your authenticity. Be careful not to overdo the personal connection because if you push it too hard you’ll lose your authenticity. Keep it casual.

Ask references to send notes on your behalf. A relevant reference who’s willing to invest time to make herself available to the recruiter is a big trust builder. Don’t underestimate the power of your references – it’s often easier for your old supervisor or executive to build rapport with a hiring manager than it is for you. Think about it this way – as a hiring manager and CEO, when I’m checking your references, I’m often talking to managers that I consider my peers, because they face many of the same management challenges I do. We connect because of that commonality.

Leave or send materials that document your talent. Bring something that highlights your talent or passion to the interview that you can leave with the recruiter. How could I forget you if you’ve left something on my desk that will periodically catch my eye? Or, send something after the interview.  I saw an online thank you note done with SlideRocket that knocked my socks off — and the applicant got the job.

This tactic plays on trust like the first two examples but also adds mystique, prestige and possibly power. We’re all intrigued by anyone with the boldness to exercise creativity and initiative because we know it’s risky. Recruiters and hiring managers are no different – we’re just as curious as the next guy, so use this to your advantage!

And, watch a job seeker who  made a rap video which landed her the interview and eventually the position.

Offer something of value with your thank you – make your thank you note unique by including something the recruiter might find valuable. This could be an article, newspaper clipping, book or some information about a competing business. It could also be a sample of your work that you do specifically for this occasion to show what you will actually do if hired.

When I was searching for a new position a few years back, I followed up all of my interviews with a handwritten thank you note and a package of LifeSavers candies. In my note I said “I’ve been considered a life saver for my bosses in the past, and I’d love to have the opportunity to share my skills with you.” A little cheesey, but it created a creative impression!

– Jill

This is a solid trust builder if you give something that is suitable and relevant, not just clever.

Keep in mind that when you set out to be fascinating and memorable, you will be criticized. Some will call you unprofessional and others will say you’re wasting your time. Just remember this – if you’re not generating a negative reaction from someone, you’re not fascinating anyone either. We pay attention to people who take risks.

Naturally, sometimes you gamble and lose. But, in today’s job market, the bigger risk is simply being forgotten. So take a chance and try something new and fascinating!

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  • I enjoyed Kristen’s slide! I would have never thought to do something like that.

    Being fascinating and unforgettable is not just a trait that you need to win a job but also to keep your job. I work in business development. To keep my job statues I must produce. The turn over rate in my department is like nothing I have ever experienced before. Ten people get hired one day and two weeks later those ten are gone and more are coming on board. I have successfully kept my position for a year and a half. I know it is not because of producing amazing numbers each month. The last 3 months I have struggled to set leads. I feel that I have not been fired because of my work ethic. My boss likes me because I am on the phone at the start of my shift and stay on the phone throughout my shift. Most of the people on my team like to chat and become distracted multiple times during the work day. I am unforgettable in the eyes of my boss because I have focus and perseverance.

  • It is important that when applying for a new position, that we find a tactic that is going to make us stand out from other individuals that are applying for the same position. Leaving a memorable along with a good impression on employers will allow for individuals to possibly be considered when applying for a new job position.

  • It’s important to take a risk. It’s important to stand out from your competitors – especially in today’s job market.

    I remember I had a phone interview with an advertising agency once, and they asked me, “What is your favorite ad campaign and why?” Of course, I had already done extensive research on the company and I knew exactly who their clients were and what ads they have done. WIthout even thinking, I spat back an answer involving one of the commercials they did for the Superbowl. Looking back on the experience though, I shouldn’t have responded with what I thought they wanted to hear. I think they were genuinely curious about my favorite commercials. Why? Because ALL applicants can research and learn who this company represents – they wanted to learn about the way you think. They wanted to understand from MY perspective what makes a campaign successful. And if I can give them concrete and original reasons on why something works or doesn’t work, then why wouldn’t they want to hire me? I would be ADDING something to their company.

    It pays off to take a risk and stand out from your competitors. Who wants to be the same when you can be different?

  • I believe even the smallest risk is taking a huge leap of
    faith when it comes to an interview.
    People always get intimidated and nervous before meeting a potential
    employer – it’s only natural. To me,
    employers are like dogs, they can sense fear.
    When they sense fear, they could forget you as soon as you walk out that
    door because you acted just like everyone else who was nervous and intimidated
    by their status, answering questions like you’re reading a script so you don’t
    mess it up. Before an interview I always
    take a deep breath and tell myself “they’re just people too, and at one time,
    they were sitting in my very seat”. A
    huge risk, in my perspective, is talking to an interviewer like they’re someone
    I’m familiar with, and not simply telling them what they want to hear.

    I was interviewing with a doctor’s office when the office
    manager took me into the break room to ask the basic pre-screen questions. I took a glance around and saw the coffee
    machine with a bag of store brand coffee next to it. This may not be relevant to anyone else, but
    being the avid coffee drinker that I am, I took this opportunity to make the
    environment a little less nerve racking.
    When the question “how do you feel you’d be an asset to this company?”
    came up I took my leap of faith and responded with: “first by bringing in some
    of the infamous Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for everyone.” The woman literally looked down at her cup of
    mediocre coffee and laughed out loud.
    Such a relief, but I knew I was taking a risk there. Needless to say, I got the job and brought in
    the freshly ground bag off coffee on my first day.

  • “Keep
    in mind that when you set out to be fascinating and memorable, you will be
    criticized.” This simple yet eloquent quotation illustrates my high school
    expierence. Throughout those four years I strived my best to become “memorable
    and fascinating.” And through such endevours, I was criticized as a “teacher’s
    pet” , “Nerd” , “no-life” and the such, but it’s through what I accomplish that
    I regret nothing.

    While some said that, “I was
    wasting my time.” The risks provided an open door to my future. Those
    late-sleepless-nights and early starts to the day furthered my education and
    allowed me to present a speech to the graduating class of 2012. So I spoke and received
    my five minutes of fame in possibly the most memorable night of my life. Yes, I
    might not have been the outsppoken “normal” teenage boy, but I took the risks
    that were needed and tried new things to achieve what I wanted.

  • I have been a student for as long as I remember, and it seems as thought I will always be one.
    Most of my classmates in high school decided that they would go to a large, state university. I thought that four years at a large post-secondary institution was not for me and knew that my passion for communication and creativity were vital components of my future career. Instead, I applied to a two-year accelerated program at a nearby Polytechnic University that was supposed to prepare me for a job in public relations. This program was a limited access program that only admitted 22 students each semester.
    During my two years at there, I maintained a 3.6 overall GPA, receiving a 4.0 in my last two semesters. I was consistently among the top five students in my class based on academic performance and received awards of merit for each year. Upon graduation with my associate’s degree, I was among the few to graduate “with distinction” and that is reflected on my degree.
    I attempted to gain as much experience working in the field as I could through additional volunteering and internships throughout the program. From stints with a preschool for children with language-based learning difficulties and the SPCA, I have learned that one of my greatest strengths as an individual is my ability to interact with the people around me. Being able to communicate my ideas effectively as well as understanding clearly what they are trying to say has been very beneficial in my life up to this point.
    Two years at that Polytechnic University passed by fairly quickly and I found myself unemployed. My above average grades, real-world experience, and knowledge in the field were not giving me a sufficient advantage as I was competing with former members of senior management for entry-level positions in public relations. After months on the job-hunt, I realized that it was time to explore more options. I decided that completing my bachelor’s degree would give me a competitive advantage in the job market.
    After reading this lesson, I’ve realized that I need to find a better way to stand out amongst the crowd.

  • There has been many instances in my life that I can remember wanting to be fascinating and memorible. Most recently, I moved to Columbus Ohio and decided to persue me beauty business. Building a business has its own tidbits however build a client for that business is an entire different ball game. Advertisement is the first aspect of marketing in which I used. At first, I didn’t know how I would advertise or where. I begin to observe my surroundings. I found a photographer and started capturing my work on film. Within a matter of weeks I had dozens of pictures to use on flyers, magazines and business cards. I didn’t stop there however. The last thing I did was allowed myself to become a walking billboard. I would dress up, do my hair, apply artificial lashes, and apply my most attractive face (makeup). Before I knew it poeple would be walking up to me asking questions about their beauty needs. I would politely hand them a business card. They were fascinated by looks and then my personality. Now I have a pretty good client.

  • I could not agree more with this! Well said, “be fascinating or be forgotten!” Interviewers talk with and see so many people in a matter of a couple days, if you don’t do/say something to make yourself memorable, you are going to be just another name on paper when they review the applications.

    I always do my best in every interview to make a point of commenting on something that relates me to the specific job/interviewer in particular. I then try to remind them of that point throughout the interview, so that when I leave there and they see my name later, they make the connection with me and that main point that I made. I have found this to be very effective. I have even had employers tell me that they hired me because of something in particular that I said during my interview that made me stand out from everyone else.

  • I always, always, always try to make a personal connection. I have also left a digital copy of my portfolio with a couple companies whenever I tried to start my intership.

  • Being remembered is something I have always struggled with. I seem to constantly end up in the back ground. Having a common looking face and a common name have not helped me either. I have had to make a point of making myself stand out in many situations.

    I have frequently used the “make a connection” and “leave something valuable” approaches to being remembered. Since my freshman year of college I have made a point of giving my professors a thank you note with a small gift at the end of each semester. This tactic worked with most professors quickly, although it still took one professor three semesters to make the connection between my name and face. I also take time to talk to my professors and ask them about their lives, families, and their experience in college. These conversations can also lead to gaining advice and tips from them.
    These tactics have also proven effective with bosses. I now have no trouble with my professors or bosses remembering me and they are all also more than willing to be a reference for me.

  • People who are tryng to leave a good impression or anything of sort, are remember easily and are liked, This is why advertisements and what not have a little jingle in them because it triggers something in the brain that makes you specifically remember that thing. So if someone is memorable they will come up on the mind first and will most likely be first chosen. People who don’t try aren’t received well and in turn are quickly forgotten don’t be one of those men. I always try and make things interesting in what I do. The fact that I make things interesting and am remembered has been proved when people think of me before others be it in games or in the fact that I can help them. Showing a way how you are unique can also be shown through sheer helpfulness and showing you are there makes you that person that can accomplish things and get stuff done.

  • This article definitely helps any college student think and plan about how they will land a job. College students are often so busy with classes that we forget to worry about everything else in the world. This causes us to forget about money until it becomes a real issue a job can add a lot of stress to an already busy lifestyle but this article helps guide anyone looking for a job a good road map instructing them on what they need to do.

  • It is important when we are facing an interview to be able to click with that person in front of you.I remembered one of the interview I had 3 years ago that I had a folder where I was taking my resume saying on top, “Thank you very much for this opportunity”. That impressed my interviewer so much that I was hired the same day. Another thing that worked for me was that I requested my previous employer to send little cards saying how good I was at work and how lucky they will be having me at work. Definitely there is much we can do to make our interview memorable and unique from others.

    We should keep our open for new things and use our imagination!!!

  • This information was very useful and I think you do need to research your employer before going to the interview. You should know your best assets and make them shine. I always look around the office for a way to connect with my future employer and I come with questions to ask them about their business and my future job. This presentation was wonderful and I would recommend it. I really like the idea of sending a thank you note with a pack of lifesavers or something else special – great ideas!

  • Very insightful. Using these techniques can only be helpful in the fast-paced occupational world we live in today.

    With so many competitors, it’s difficult to make a lasting impression and land the job you desire. I can see how applying the idea of being “fascinating”, or simply interesting enough to hold a recruiter’s attention can really help in furthering your chances of acquiring a career.

    It’s lessons and articles like this that put readers ahead in the race for the best jobs. Greatly appreciated!

  • I feel that this article is extremely helpful for particularly college students. Most college students, such as myself, have little to no real life office work experience. For this reason, most of us don’t know what to expect when that first interview comes around. It’s nerve wrecking and makes pretty much anyone anxious, however, this article not only helps one to be prepared, it also gives insight on how to stand out from the other applicants.

    When I applied for my internship this summer, I went to the interview extremely nervous, but prepared. I had done my research on the company and since I was applying for a developer’s position, I had reviewed all possible questions in the computer science field, so no matter what the questions were going to be, I was ready to answer them.

    During the interview and after all the technical questions were asked, the interviewer and I slowly developed a connection. I tried to see what I could talk about that relates us both, and it really helped to find out that he was from the same university I was attending. This alleviated the interview and it turned more into a back and forth conversation rather than feel like a question and answer type of interview. I feel that this might have made me stand out more than the other applicants, because I was more on a personal level than most likely the others.

  • Thank you for all the informative, persuasive and tactical ideas in creating a digital resume. Most jobs are requiring online applications. Therefore, knowing techniques for creating a digital resume is brilliant. Even though there may be criticism, there is still a lasting impression you will leave. I had an epiphany with the portion describing a recruiter’s process with applications. You never know what someone is going through.
    I worked with sales and have been presenting for several years. In presentation training the most important was the “Hook’em”. The hook was your starter that built common ground and caught the audience’s attention. This information reminded me of presentation training. It is all about learning how to sell yourself. Thanks for the ideas in making myself unforgettable.

  • Great! I’ve often given similar advice to friends over the years who were hunting for jobs. Demonstrating passion, getting personal, and being confident are game changers in the search for employment.

  • This article really opened my eyes to the competitive nature of the job market. It is true. Be fascinating or forgotten. Today, many people have similar resumes and look similar on paper. You must go the extra mile if you want the job and ulitmately if you want to keep the job.

  • I actually used the tip about making a personal connection when I was interviewed for my very first job. During the interview, my manager asked if I played any sports and I mentioned baseball and dance. It turned out that his daughter plays softball so we spent a good majority of the interview talking about his daughter and softball. I ended up getting that job, I’m sure it wasn’t just because I played baseball, but I know that definitely helped him remember who I was so that I wouldn’t be overlooked later on.

  • I was only trying to leave a comment for the JustJobs Scholarship…… without knowing…

    that these posts would be actually so fun to read and helpful. I have visited many websites for job search and such, but this is by far the most engaging – “fascinating” as this post is about.
    I end up reading many other links on the page including “Your value proposition letter” and some other recommended links. This particular post has really encouraged me to let out my creativity and take the risk!

    Thank you Eric for the time you possibly spent putting all these sources (the videos and links) together. They were excellent examples! If only I could upload a video, I’d have rapped my “thanks!” for ya.

  • Whenever you are looking for a job, you have no other choice than to be fascinating and make your presence known! It is important to make sure you stick out or you’ll be forgotten! Make them remember you!

  • I completely agree. Things like gumption and moxie are the stuff of successful people! I competed just recently for a job as an English tutor; I think I employed (no pun intended) much of the advice you provide. Thank you.

  • Searching for a job might be quiet difficult for some individuals, but once they have landed an interview they come to the realization that they are now in the running and might actually have a chance of being hired. When it comes down to the interview for the most part every candidate has similar responses for the interviewers questions, I believe when being interviewed you have to almost always think out side of the box and leave a memorable impression with the interviewers.
    When thinking outside of the box one needs to make certain that they don’t come across as careless and childish. Each response has to be unique in its own way but certainly realistic. By thinking outside of the box and having different responses than the other running candidates you are more than likely to get a follow-up call on your interview. Just make sure to always be yourself and let your true colors shine and have them offer you the job for who are and not someone you pretended to be for the day because that will only set you up for failure in the future.

  • While reading this article and watching the videos, I was trying to think of aspects in my life where I had used these tactics in order to be fascinating. I realized that I not only use these types of “fascination factors,” but I also have obtained many different ones of my own. I do know that I am an extroverted personality type, and I am also extremely nurturing. With that being said, I feel that the two fascination triggers that I connect most with, would be passion and power. I am passionate and create a sense of warmth that entices people to know more about me. I always use my passionate personality in order to make my work better or innovative. I also have a powerful personality, in a sense that I get things done, and I demand respect and attention for all that I do.

    I know that I use these types of strategies, honestly unknowingly sometimes, because of the types of jobs that I have acquired through out the years. One of which comes to mind, is my current job at Bare Minerals. A couple weeks ago, both of my managers told me that when they had hired me, they had no idea what my age was, because they typically do not hire anyone under 20. They told me that they did not have to even look at that, because they had fallen in love with my passion and my drive for making women feel more confident about themselves. I realized that I did indeed fascinate them, and that is what ultimately led to them bringing me onto the team.

  • I am the type of person who lives to over achieve. Finding a balance between too much and too little is difficult at times. I befriend those who I believe can help me achieve in the world. Whether they are teachers, older classmates, or managers. In high schools my friends would always tease me because I would take a normal assignment and make it a personal mini project. Every teacher that I’ve had, however, remembers me! That is to say, “if you’re not generating a negative reaction from someone, you’re not fascinating anyone either.”

    Many people do the bare minimum to survive and pass on in life, but that life will only be a mediocre one at best. Do not waste people’s time with average work. Employers, teachers, deans, etc. all have personal lives and problems of their own. Seeing the same kind of people over and over again, probably does not interest them. Being noticed and put aside from the rest is an extraordinary feeling. Out of all applicant they chose you to get a scholarship, out of all of the applicants they chose you to be promoted, and out of all of the applicants they chose you to join your major’s program. These are things that are not just handed to people as they stroll on by. If you’ve got something to share with the world, then why hold back? People will hate or love you, either way they will know you!

    I am slowly finding a good balance between too much and too little. I fight for what I want and I make sure that every person I meet, remembers me! I have so much to offer for the world and it would be selfish for me to keep it to myself. Many people think that what they have to offer is the same as many other people, but if you deliver it even a little better, you will be standing out. Be creative, yourself, and charismatic. I also preach to my friends and family that the only thing between you and your goals, is yourself! That is precisely true. Find ways to stand out and surely something great will come from it with time and effort.

  • I took Career development and Life planning in a couple of semesters ago and this is a good reminder of some of the things I learned in class. Making a statement of yourself is and can be positive in the prospected employers eyes.

  • Grabbing the recruiters attention is the one piece of the puzzle that I have struggled with in trying to change jobs after fourteen years with the same company. I have so much experience with the current company I work for that I got lost in trying to sell myself for what I have done for them more than I did trying to sell myself for what I can do for this new company. I did not make myself memorable enough by selling myself to the recruiter and hiring manager telling them enough what I could do for their company. I have always been one of those people that struggles with bragging on their accomplishments and skills, so I have to push myself more to sell myself and be unforgettable or I will struggle with trying to grow in my professional life.

  • Taking risks is one of the most vital components of achievement. When I reflect on all I have accomplished, none of it was without risk. I graduated top of my class, a Gold Award Girl Scout, a four-year varsity athlete, and president of my school’s SGA. I had to risk my pride for all four of these things. However, these risks also made me memorable. I had an extensive resume that allowed me to be accepted to every college I applied to because of how involved I was.

    This is something that employers will look for when I graduate from college. So, I am taking risks and trying to make myself memorable by being involved on campus. I am a member of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the Honors College, Women’s Club Soccer, and, more recently, my school’s student newspaper. The latter of these was the largest risk I took. The newspaper has many applicants and I was nervous to apply, but I did so anyway. My risk paid off and I am currently writing for the sports column. I believe that taking risks is the best way to make yourself memorable. No one is going to remember the kid that did everything they were supposed to and blended in with the crowd. That is not what employers want. They want to hire someone who was not afraid to take risks; someone who wants to be memorable.

  • In order to be fascinating, you have to have some sort of story. Whether you’re writing a statement of purpose for graduate school admittance or applying for a job, you have to find a way to stand out one way or the other. My story is that I am an athlete. For the last four years, I have dedicated much of life to being a Division I student-athlete playing on the intercollegiate women’s basketball team. As a student-athlete, I know what is is like to work hard, manage my time, and meet everyday challengers. Playing on s sports team has taught me to effectively work with others to reach the intended goal; and I plan to apply this understanding in my future endeavors.

  • Be different or get out. Anyone
    can follow the bare minimum requirements but that is not enough to get you noticed!
    STRIVE to be unique and give the interviewers something to remember.

    I have always had stage fright unless I was comfortable about what was being
    discussed. This is my future we are talking about! It is nothing to be afraid of.
    Of course it is not concrete, but I have a say over my own future. Like the first
    step off the platform when zip lining; it’s a big drop and you do not know a hundred
    percent that it will hold you up for all of the journey, but you cannot get to where
    you want to go without that leap of faith.

    Researching the position you are trying to get and, if possible, the interviewer
    can be the deciding factor in if you get the job or not. I remember when I went in
    for an interview for a research assistant position that tested on butterflies. Due to the
    fact that it was an insect lab, I decided to take a risk and to not wear shoes that
    covered the top of my foot. When I went in and the interviewer asked her
    questions, she saw my fairy tattoo that has very colorful butterfly-like wings.
    She said she thought it was so beautiful. Even though that was all that was
    said, she glanced at it several times as we finished the interview. I got the job.

    Even in the next interview I have, even if I am just remembered as the girl that worked
    with butterflies, it is better than not being remembered at all.

  • Convince yourself that you are great, if you don’t think it, other people won’t. You need to remember that your job interview is not strict business, you can talk about normal things as well. Just keep the focus on the interview though. Figure out what your unique thing is and kill it.

    I remember at my past job that I interviewed for I had all the same nervousness as you do for a job interview but I just had to convince myself that it’s just a job too. That if I don’t get it, that’s okay, figure out what I did wrong and get the next one. Going in the interviewing room it caught me off guard though because three people came in, this was the first time I’ve interviewed with more than one person in the room, I continued on with the interview and it actually went really well. I didn’t have any experience for what I was applying for but I seemed to convince my employers that I have a willingness to work, learn and be reliable. I think a big part of it was talking about my hobbies actually, it seems that they share a lot about you. So I got the job and all is well. Remember, you are all spectacular people!

  • “be fascinating or forgotten” is the motto I live by with my major. I’m currently an Computer Science major and work at the same time, if you don’t know about Computer Science, you got to know that it’s definitely a tough major that takes a lot of time to finish assignments and a lot of brain power to understand different languages and creating programs. But I love it! I love programming, it’s so fun, it’s amazing to see nothing at the beginning and keep coding until you got a whole working program with no errors. I gotta believe that I’m the best at the end of the day, and you need to show that to people in order for business to want someone creative! So you can either be fascinating or be “meh”

  • I think one of the hardest things for me when getting a job is doing well at the interview. Even when I know that I’m qualified for the position and have experience,I really have to practice the interview part.

    My first job interview ever did not go well at all. I think that was because I was applying at a movie theater and I didn’t think they could really ask me hard questions. After all, it was only a position in concessions right? I was very wrong. The interview process was hard. They asked me a lot of questions that I had never even though about at all. There was a lot pausing and awkward answers in my interview. I definitely did not make myself memorable at all. They must have really been in need of employee because I did get the job.

    That experience really helped me prepare for the job I have now. I did all my homework and researched the company. I practiced interview questions and not only by myself but with my friend. I was very lucky that the person who was interviewing me spoke Spanish. I immediately made a connection with her and asked her a lot of different questions. I had a lot of volunteer experience working with school age children which helped me when applying at this job at an elementary school. The interview process this time was a breeze because I was really prepared and I was not feeling nervous at all.

  • When it comes to an interview, it is best to come prepared.
    Know about the company and its initiatives, maybe research and some studying is need to be done.
    People always get intimidated and nervous before meeting a potential
    employer – it’s only natural. To me,
    that’s because the unknown is scary to people because they don’t know what’s coming next.
    Keeping an opened mind and staying true to yourself is the best course of action to take.
    Before an interview I always
    take a deep breath and tell myself “they’re just people too, and at one time,
    they were sitting in my very seat”. A
    huge risk, in my perspective, is talking to an interviewer like they’re someone
    I’m familiar with, and not simply telling them what they want to hear.
    Great strong personalities and straightforward people are what employer’s look for, they want people that are going to stay with the company for a long time.

  • I had a friend that worked for a pharmaceuticals company, advertising their products to different medical practices, and she used to dress up in funny costumes and dance and sing to advertise to her clients. She received criticism as well, but she was their top saleswoman! I’ll have to keep this in mind for my internship applications that are coming up, and for my future career applications as well. With the number of other art students out their all vying for the same position I am, it’ll pay off to be as creative as I possibly can.

  • This resonates with me because I had to write personal statements for college applications in 2015. The prompt was so simple, yet so difficult to write about. In school, they don’t really teach you to do critical self-reflection. For the personal statement, I had to dig deep in my past and make sound appealing. I knew that I basically had the first two sentences at max to impress the person reading, so I had to make it good. Either I would be fascinating or forgotten. Turns out I was forgotten because the schools for which I wrote personal statements rejected. I tried to not get too sad about it because I had already gotten into other good schools, but it was devastating nonetheless. How to make yourself interesting? For me, specifically, it is an extremely difficult task that I still need to work on. This guide, while it didn’t exactly open up a path, it did give me a new direction.

  • I think the risk is the reason why most people would never even attempt to approach a potential employer like these people did in their resume videos. While they are fun to watch and memorable, they’re also extremely unconventional. It’s scary to make yourself stand out so much. I personally would not make a video resume but I think my name kind of make the stand-out job a little easier for me than most people. Having a name like Hermione has always been an excellent starting point for me. That’s how I make myself memorable. I make a Harry Potter reference and go on to talk about how alike I am to the movie Hermione.

  • These tips are so valuable and have provided me with so many tools to use when following up with future employers. As someone who is currently applying for teaching assistant and graduate assistantships I love the tips about making personal connections and following up with possible employers throughout the process.

    Continuing to build rapport with those you work with and make connections is invaluable to moving ahead in your field and establishing relationships with employers that will make strong references. As a teacher, I love the piece about thanking people, a bit of thanks to someone who feels over-worked or undervalued helps them feel like they are making an impact and it strengthens their relationship with you.

  • Being fascinating can be as simple as making your interviewer laugh. This lesson is becoming more and more important with our new generation. As an artist an art educator, there is so much talent and competition out there. Your skills is no longer enough to catch the attention of a gallery or school. You have to sell yourself on more than mere talent and skill.

    To give a personal example, I accidentally used this method when interviewing for an art teacher position at a liberal arts public charter school. It was quite intimidating, since the school was formal and required a high level of intellectual articulation from their faculty, including art teachers!

    So, I knew I needed to to something that was going to throw off my interviewer, and lighten the mood. But, I had no idea it would happen accidentally. During the interview, I was asked to name a few artist from the past that have been influential in my own work. Without realizing it, I began to name all the members from the Ninja Turtles. Keep in mind, this school is very much opposed to pop culture references in their curriculum and in their campus culture as well.

    I said, “Sure, I love the work of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello.” There was a silent pause in the room, and I realized what had happened. So, I smiled, and said, “I just named the Ninja Turtles, did’t I?” We both laughed. I then explained why I actually love the work of the high renaissance masters and got the job.

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