(6) How to stay cool while applying for jobs

In the first instance, thank you guys so much for the support during my first weeks here. It means a lot to me!
Thanks as well for the kind words to my latest article. Many of you told me it was the best one. I appreciate it! If you missed the first five articles by now, please make sure to check it out this time and subscribe for weekly HR content to never miss any article. So, and now let´s get to number 6!

I told you I´m playing Santa this year last time around 😀 Therefore, here´s another episode of a topic from a reader´s wishlist.

The sentence “Persistence is my key” has proven to be a really important one for my life. Why do I say it? Because your hard work will pay dividends sooner or later. I made the experience that whatever your goal is focus it and make things happen instead of losing hope.

I know we spend a lot of time applying for jobs, looking for the right words, the right clothes and how to answer the questions asked in the job interview. At the end of the story, it´s another “NO” The longer this phase, the more you´re frustrated. I use this blog to tell others about my experiences. Let´s head into this.

Change your game plan
Whenever something sees out not the way I like I start following a new path. For instance, You´re applying for several months without even receiving a positive answer. Change the way of doing this. If possible, check out some addresses from the internet, contact at first glance or make an impact by showing up in person. That helped me a lot in the past. Another example could be, ask friends from your already existing network if there´s any possibility to get a job with their help or make new contacts. Even if they don´t, they´ll hopefully have some friends, they could help you out one day and if they don´t, maybe they´ll have some friends…I see you get the point! 😉

Take a closer look
With this I mean, maybe your style of applying isn´t the right one or you don´t see the little mistake you´re doing on and on again. Ask closer friends or someone who´s in a position to give you some advice. For example, a couple of moons ago I have asked some fellow students what their style of applying really is and I have asked an HR Manager to check my application. She literally destroyed my application in a two minutes voicemail that made me laugh. Therefore I started to change the things right after the voicemail. What I would take from this is that sometimes you don´t see it, but others do.

Even though it can be hard to apply just calm down. Take a deep breath and relax. Everything´s gonna be alright, really! Whatever your degree, Master, Bachelor, Ph.D., high school or middle school there´s always a huge possibility for you to find a great job. In stressful applying moments, I´m always telling myself that my father came to Germany with literally nothing in terms of educational background to come forward here in Germany. However the circumstances, he made it and lives a comfortable life here. Most of my readers here have an educational background which leads us to more comfortable stages.

Switch to the other side
Well, that´s a bit irritating. You shouldn´t undergo a sex change. Don´t get me wrong! 😀 But put yourself into the HR Recruiters position and ask yourself “Why should they hire me?” “What can I offer them?” “What is my motivation to do this job?”. Don´t beat around the bush, just put it in a nutshell why it´s an absolute necessity to hire exactly you!

Don´t stress about stress before there´s even stress to stress about
I saw this sentence so often but it´s a fact! Applying is stress! Yes indeed! But losing your head whilst applying isn´t the solution. It brings you nothing to be concerned about every little detail during your application process. You don´t want to work for a company where you just played the perfect role on one specific day. You want to work for a company what suits you best!

So just stay motivated, set your focus on quality instead of quantity, write your applications in an individual style (I read a lot of applications per day and I read a lot of sentences they use in each and every one of their applications) and most importantly reflect yourself wherever possible.

(5) Appreciation in job – Self marketing

We´re on our way to Christmas, so I make some wishes true. Honestly, my topics were scheduled until next year, but some of my readers have already made their wishlist 😀
So, there we go! It´s the season of giving guys!
Let’s talk about self-marketing and how to make it count. Especially we in Europe have a huge problem with bragging around about our achievements. As some of you might know, I don’t really have a problem with that!

“Do good and make it known”. I know it sounds a bit cheeky, but everybody does it. Sometimes we worry too much what others might think about us. Who’s covering his or her accomplishments will not come far. Most of us feel awkward speaking positively about ourselves. Due to its negative reputation, people act like the people will notice if I´m good enough. I rather say self-marketing contains a way to make abilities visible for others.

Know your own qualities
Most of the people tend to not really speak about their qualities. As important as doing self-marketing in general, it comes in handy to know your strengths. Recognize your own strengths, change your attitude and show it where ever you can. This attitude is a matter of course for your future career. Show it and the other´s will notice it anyway.

Do some social networking
Common practice is that the best networking you could do is in the corridor. I´ve found out myself. I´ve been mostly focused on having a chance to meet a powerful person in the company in Meetings, but in fact, it was more useful to have a great lunch break talk with them or actually having a quick chat with them in the corridor. These people will embrace it and notice it. Due to having these kinds of conversations you´ll get pieces of information other´s will not get in Meetings.

Draw attention to yourself
Put yourself into a position where you would like to be. In other words, give yourself that label other´s should see you. Promote your new reputation by making some impact on your new actions. Put faith into your moves and your co-workers will notice that whatever you do you do it right. Sometimes I was not even sure what I was talking about during my presentations but through my showmanship my audience was impressed.

Last but not least…
Your colleagues should become aware of your achievements. That will boost your career on many occasions. With every I let the others go first, someone dull will get the promotion and you´ll end up in bitterness crying about your lost opportunities. “False modesty says that you could be worse than arrogance”.

(2) How to apply successfully without relevant job experience?

While looking for full-time job people without relevant job experience may suffer hard times. So were I. More or less in the past. This time I made it another way. I will tell you how it is still possible without marrying a professional football player or having a rich daddy.

Honestly, applying sucks. No questions asked!
For young professionals, it is frustrating to see offered jobs with required experience in this sector. Therefore it should be borne in mind what experience they are able to contribute from education, internships etc.

People should be aware of their own skills and competencies
beside having competencies from education there are many other experiences you have made. Mention accomplishments from your private life or voluntary work. Emphasize all the positive aspects of your competencies. This could be part-time jobs, voluntary work, training programmes, seminar papers or workshops.

Inevitable is it to focus on relevant jobs for you to reduce costs and effort. Take a closer look at what is mandatory and what is preferred in this job vacancy. If there is a skill required you do not comply with, I recommend you not to apply for. Is it not a “must-have” then I would rather go for it.

I will show you an example: As you can see yellow highlighted. There are words used like: require, ability, must have, willingness, knowledge. And then there is the word “preferred” Differences from country to country can occur. Like mentioning years of experience, wages, advantages etc.


Source: The Guardian

Companies are always looking for the ideal candidate. If there is none, it is the perfect chance for someone else. For example, a corporate consultancy will rather look for a candidate with experience as a student consultant. If there is no applicant like this they will cut back their expectations. Makes sense? Alright!

How to market yourself and play it a bit strategic?

The part I always underestimated. Market yourself and do the right networking! Define your goal and get in touch with those people who already are in this position. I wasted this opportunity to make the right contacts. Instead, I made friends with the Kebab and Shisha guy next to my flat. These contacts will not get you easier access to the jobs you are dreaming of. Play it a bit wisely and do some research on what company suits best and get in touch with the contact person. This could bring you the crucial information!
Use XING and LinkedIn to establish contacts and join some groups there. Some of them may help you to get a foot in the door.

Nuff said: Play the long game and stay focused!
Did I forget something crucial? Tell me something from your perspective.
Are you already doing the right things?