Job Search Tips You Can Learn From Political Campaigns

The presidential election is approaching fast, and every newscast features some type of discussion or ad related to the candidates. Instead of changing the channel, consider tuning in. You could learn a few tips from political campaigns that help your job search succeed.
  1. Be Friendly

    Rarely will you see a political candidate frown. That's because they know they need to be friendly. So smile, make eye contact, use your manners and call people by the right name when you print resumes, talk to hiring managers and interview for jobs. These actions show that you're friendly, likeable and nice, and they attract people as you demonstrate that you're a team player.

  2. Keep it Simple

    Of course you are familiar with product names and technical acronyms associated with your industry, but you risk turning off hiring managers who is not familiar with those terms. Stick with simple language on your resume and during interviews as you share your skills and wow potential employers.

  3. Enlist Superdelegates

    Every successful job search is achieved with help from a team. Ask former co-workers to be a reference, ask friends to share potential job openings, and ask a career center to proofread your resume. All of these people can support your job search, boost your morale and help you land a job.

  4. Answer Questions

    Some job interview questions are hard, including why you left your previous job or why there are gaps in employment. Anticipate the tough questions and prepare answers that are direct. Skirting issues only shows that you are not trustworthy or ready to tackle tough challenges at work.

  5. Use Social Media

    In addition to finding jobs on social media sites, you can use Google Plus, Twitter and LinkedIn to build your brand and image. Share relevant news articles, discuss trends and talk about your opinions as you gain credibility it the field, engage your audience and stay visible to potential employers.

  6. Share a Short Message

    You are passionate about your experience and may even have a vision for what you want to do in a new position, but use fewer words not more. A short message is more likely to hold a hiring manager's attention and allows everyone to get a turn to talk during interviews.

  7. Be Trustworthy

    Employers are looking for team members who tell the truth, follow ethical behavior and live with integrity. Tell the truth about your qualifications and during interviews as you demonstrate your trustworthiness.
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