Don’t let poor work habits keep you from finding work. It’s said that finding a job is a full time job, and your job search needs to be approached with the same good behavior. Exhibiting good work habits when seeking employment is just as important as it is when you have a job.
What, specifically, is involved? Dependability, Motivation, Initiative.
Dependability – it’s so important to be punctual, reliable, and honest, all the same traits that make you an exceptional employee. Be punctual for your interview. Recruiters and hiring managers are on a schedule and if they accommodate someone who is late, other applicants may be effected. Be reliable and bring the information and materials requested. Certain documents are necessary to complete the hiring process and without them, you run the risk of not being hired. Resist the temptation to exaggerate your experience and skills. It’s likely your employment background will be verified and having discrepancies uncovered will certainly cost you the job.
Motivation – exhibiting enthusiasm and taking responsibility for your own job search is key. If you don’t show energy in participating in the process, the hiring manager will assume you won’t show energy at work either. After looking for work for months, it can be a challenge to be positive and energetic, but do your best!
Initiative – Take charge of your job search. Be proactive. Reach out. Develop and use your network. Research the companies you apply with and use that knowledge in your interactions. Take the initiative to find out what the environment is and act accordingly. Follow up with a thank you after each interview. Stay in touch with the recruiter. Displaying the ability to act independently sends a huge message to the decision maker and goes a long way in differentiating you from the competition.
The traits that enabled you to be successful in your prior employment are the same traits that will land you a new position!
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