Posted By Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio
Common Sense Off-Campus / How Good Manners Can Help Your Chances
Posted By Caroline Ceniza-Levine
I expect some readers are rolling their eyes at Connie’s piece, knowing that she couldn’t possibly be talking to them. Besides, how you behave at career services is not how you behave in front of employers. You know how to turn on the good behavior when it counts, right?
How you do anything is how you do everything. I don’t know the original source of this gem, but it should be your mantra as you go through your search. Every networking interaction is an interview. Every correspondence is a marketing document. When you are in job search mode, you don’t turn it on and off – you must always be on.
You don’t know what you don’t know. Sometimes when I speak at events I am introduced strictly as a coach with no mention of my past recruiting background. So the audience doesn’t know that I have a wide network of recruiting colleagues, that I still get asked for candidate referrals to jobs, and that while I don’t officially recruit I am very connected to many employers who are hiring even now. A jobseeker in that audience might not see interaction with me as part of her job search but it very well could be. I don’t know. She doesn’t know. We don’t know everything that can happen in life. But we can always be at our best just in case.
Practice makes permanent. This is another oft-cited gem, whose original source is unknown by me. But again, remember this as you go through your search and your life. The lackadaisical, whatever type attitude is a bad habit that is evidence of practice made permanent. It’s not so easy to turn off and on again. The energy and focus that you need to be at your best is something you need to practice and make a permanent fixture in your life. Practice good behavior now, always, everywhere.
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