#30DayJobChallenge

6.30.16
Day 30: Be Persistent.
  Not every interview goes your way. The quicker you realize this fact the better. Some of the most qualified people just are not good at getting up after rejection. The quicker you get up and keep going after one rejection the faster you can pursue your next interview.   Even if this job is a lost cause, you never know when you might meet this interviewer again, either for a different job at the same company or for another company that the interviewer has moved to.   Here are 3 steps you can take to try and recover from your mistake.   1. Think back. Analyze what happened and exactly what you think gave the interviewer a bad impression. Stick to definite feedback that you received during the interview, not just a "feeling" that something you said wasn't received well. No point in apologizing for things the interviewer may not even have noticed.   For example, if the interviewer expressed surprise that you knew so little about the company, you will have to address...
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6.25.16
Day 25: Professionalism
  You may think you're getting by just fine. Nobody's complained, right? But if you are always passed over for important projects or promotions, maybe it's time to take a look at yourself from your co-workers' point of view.   Here are 5 bad habits that people often fall into without even realizing it.   1. Being the last one in the room. You're the one who's consistently a couple minutes late arriving at work in the morning, coming back from break, or getting to the staff meeting. You think: What difference does five minutes make? They think: I need someone I can rely on to be there as promised.   2. Being a distraction. You interrupt people while they're working to share a great joke or the latest dirt about Supervisor X and Supply Guy Y. You play your music loud enough to be heard by your neighbors. You put your phone on speaker for every single conversation, dial tone and busy signal. You think: I'm bringing some life into this place. They think: This...
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6.20.16
Day 20: Organization
  Organization is the key to survival both in your job search and when you have a job. As mentioned in the notepad section, taking note of important meetings, interviews, and steps taken throughout you job process is critical to keep your information organized. With various copies of your resume and cover letters, it is crucial to organize your job search materials so you spend more time looking for jobs than looking for your materials.   One important way to stay organized is to have a to-do list. Though we already covered the need for this item in a job search, it’s worth noting again. Itemize all of your items you need to do in your job hunt to apply for specific job or prepare yourself for an interview. Once you go through the entire list, implement another to-do list for your next application or upcoming interview. Nailing down this process allows you to have that much more time to focus on acing that next interview or attending networking events to land an interview....
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6.19.16
Day 19: Notebook
You will need to remember many things to have a successful job search. It is critical to take notes. This advice goes well beyond your job search into your eventual job. Always have a notepad and pen ready to copy down notes from a presentation or meeting. Some find this as the best way to manage their daily to-do list. It’s honestly what you make of it. For a job search applicants are constantly sending out resumes and applications that it may become confusing what and where they applied. Taking note of where you applied and for what is super important. As you progress in your search, continue to take note of the status of various applications. Note the recruiters and hiring managers you’ve met with and if you have followed up. This entire process should ensure that you do not lose your way during your job hunt.   
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6.17.16
Day 17: Company Research
Why should you bother to learn about a company you’ve sent an application to? After all, they’re the ones that should be researching you, right? Wrong.   Nothing makes a better impression on an interviewer than being familiar with the company. In fact, you are quite likely to hear the question, “What do you know about us?” during the interview. If you can come up with some ready answers to that question, you’ll demonstrate that you’re genuinely interested in working for them.   Every time you apply for a job, take 5 or 10 minutes to dig up a few facts about that business and jot them down in case you make it to the interview stage. If these facts are things that interest you personally, you’ll be more likely to remember them and discuss them enthusiastically during the interview. For example, if you’re into preserving the environment, in what eco-friendly efforts does the company engage?   Fortunately, with the internet at your disposal, it has never been easier to access...
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6.13.16
Day 13: Elevator Speech
    Giving a good elevator speech provides someone with two things, it tells them that you can think on your feet, and understand the needs of the job and company you're interviewing for. Read through the following tips and you'll see what we mean.   Be prepared. Hesitating or stammering through your speech will give the impression that you lack awareness both of yourself. Memorize an opening statement that you can deliver quickly and confidently.   Keep it short. We believe your first response should be no longer than a TV commercial: 30 seconds. If the interviewer wants you to go into more detail about a particular point, he/she will ask.   Make it all about them. Remember, you're there to sell yourself as the answer to their problem: which candidate will be the biggest asset to their company. Information about your childhood, family and leisure activities is not relevant to that mission.   Explain HOW you are the answer to their problem. Highlight your...
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6.07.16
Day 7: To-Do List
Why List?  A to-do list is a great way to remain organized and productive at work. However, that is only if it is used properly. Like any tool, if used improperly, its results will not be rewarding. One problem people face when compose to-do lists is to prioritize the items. With so many different things listed, it may be overwhelming if there is not a defined plan. To prioritize better you should put them into different groups based on urgency and importance. You could also add realistic estimates for how much time it will take to complete each task. This will help you pace out your day and see which projects may require more time and attention than others. Mark Your Calendars.  One useful practice that The Muse recommends is to make your calendar a to-do list. With that, you would block off time in your day for daily or weekly activities such as: responding to emails. It is a lot easier to do that task all at once or twice a day so you can focus on other projects. This...
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