Thursday, June 4, 2009

Random Thoughts on Job Searching

The job market in most countries in West Africa is relatively weak. Once again, it is an employer's market. The employer can pick and choose, but a savvy job seeker with the required experience and skills set can still get what he or she wants. Few things that would help in a weak job market:

  • Don't beat yourself up if an interview doesn't go well, learn from it and start preparing for the next one. "Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." - L Ron Hubbard
  • Keep a positive attitude at all times, a bad attitude will only make things worse. "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes." - Charles Swindon
  • Try and connect with your interviewers. Look for common ground, things you may have in common with your interviewer. Chemistry is key. Great work experience or academic excellence alone will not get you your dream job. Your goal is to show your interviewers you have both the technical and soft skills needed to excel should they hire you