Embracing change in your life can mean packing your bags and moving to a new city, discovering a new place or going around the world. Embracing change can mean putting your foot down and leaving a sterile relationship and finding the strength to start anew.

But embracing change can also be changing jobs. Do you like what you are doing? Do you feel you have pretty much learnt all there was to learn and it’s become a bit of a routine? Do you aspire to take up more challenges, more responsibilities? Do you want to earn more? Do you have a dream job?

What’s holding you back? Fear? Security? Lack of self-confidence?

Whatever the reason, if you chose to read change n°37, chances are that this idea has been bubbling up in your mind for a while now. No need to jump into this cold turkey (no need to hand in your resignation without thinking it through): you can very well do this at your own pace and take one step at a time.

It all may seem very daunting and you might be wondering « where do I start? » To be able to move forward, you need to know what it is you exactly want. I can’t really help you on this one but once you’ve decided the direction you wish to take, there are a certain number of things you can do to get things moving.

You might want to check out Chapter one of my book “Change” to find ways to boost your self-esteem. In this point we will have a look into a very important aspect of changing jobs: preparing your resumé and your job interview.

Getting started

When you really want something, there are different phases you must follow through in order to succeed.

Phase 1: knowing what you want

The very first thing to do is to decide what it is that you want precisely. When job searching, the thing to do is to write down what type of job you want exactly.  

Why not start by reading the paper for job openings to see what is on the market. Don’t start panicking about the list of qualifications that are required. Look at the job descriptions and start seeing where you qualify. By reading these you will also get ideas for your résumé.

If this all feels terrifying for you, why not ask a friend to come and help you look through them and both of you go over your qualities and qualifications together.

Phase two: Start doing things and Get moving!

The second step to reaching a goal is to start doing little things and then actually moving (getting up off the couch) to reach this goal. In our case, the « doing things » part would be to write your résumé, to improve your appearance, to start researching on line and the « getting up and moving » part would be to go to job interviews. Because, once your resume is done and you start booking appointments, you know your door is opening to change!

Getting ready for your job interview

Below you will find a list of things you can do to be ready and more self confident for your job interview:

Be prepared

It’s a good idea to have a look online: there are a whole array of videos that can help you prepare yourself ahead of time, that will help you know what to expect but also all the do’s and don’ts of a job interview.

One thing you should absolutely take the time to look into are the top ten job interview questions. I go through the most common ones in my book “Change” to help you. Why not practice with a friend or answering out loud. Even if they don’t come up, taking the time to answer them before, might really help you situate yourself and be helpful, and get you prepared for the job interview.

Be present and believe in yourself..

Try as much as possible to be there 200%. Give the interviewer your undivided attention. Being there 200% means knowing when to stay silent and really listen to what your interviewer has to say but also to place yourself in “observation mode” and show that you are honestly interested.

It might be worthwhile to take a few minutes to put yourself in your interviewer’s shoes. What kind of person would you like to have in front of you if you were giving a job interview? Someone outgoing or someone who is uncomfortable and/or appears to be terrorised? I feel that empathy often helps you de-dramatize a situation and you realize that the person in front of you is a normal human being, just like you.

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