I hope you’re all having a great week so far.
I asked you guys on Instagram what you wanted to hear about this week, and a lot of you were interested in reading some tips on landing the job you desire.
Although I obviously haven’t gotten every job I’ve ever applied for, I feel like this is an area of my life where I’ve been very lucky. Through my schooling, guidance from mentors, and personal experience, I’ve become very comfortable with interviews and am often able to land the job I want.
In this post, I thought I would share with you guys some of the tips and tricks that have personally worked for me. Of course, these are just suggestions, and depending on the industry you are in, these may differ for you.
I truly believe that confidence is KEY when it comes to interviewing and landing the job. Of course, nerves are perfectly normal, and I get more nervous than I’d like to admit, just like anyone else. Through the nerves though, you have to remember the qualities and qualifications you have, and that this company would be lucky to have you on their team. To help you with gaining confidence, a solid cover letter and resume will help you immensely. I’m thinking about writing a separate post on how I craft my cover letters and resumes, so let me know down below if this is something you’d be interested in reading. Before your interview, DO YOUR RESEARCH. You should know the basics, at the very least, about the company and the specific location you are applying for. Thank god for Google. Spend some time researching common interview questions for the position, and either write down, or practice with someone, what you would answer. Being prepared will help you so much. Right before your interview, smile, and remember that if it doesn’t work out, you’ll keep trying! The world doesn’t end!
get your foot in the door!
Another important point I’d like to touch on is the importance of getting your foot in the door and proving yourself in your industry. I know many people personally who have been offered entry-level positions, but felt they were superior and denied the opportunity. This will always be a mistake on YOUR end. Start at the bottom. I did and I couldn’t be happier now for the opportunities I’ve received by doing so. If you start off as a Housekeeper for example but want to work in Sales, NO PROBLEM. Take the job! Prove yourself and your dedication to the company and the team. You can always move up, and Managers are always eager to promote those who take the time to build their equity in a company.
say “yes” more!
This point is especially important in the Hospitality field, however I’m sure it could be applied to all fields. The only time you should refuse to do a task is if it questions your morals/ ethics, or is illegal (in my opinion). My biggest pet peeve for as long as I can remember is when people say “it’s not my job”. NO. Your job is to work as a team to make sure the final goal is achieved, and that is all. The more you are willing to be flexible and to do whatever it takes, the more you are going to stand out and will become a valuable asset to your company. This has also helped me many times in interviews (as a bonus).
utilize your network!
Never be afraid to ask people you look up to for advice or guidance. Often, these people are more than happy to help. Connect with people in your field through LinkedIn or other networks. Getting your name out there and building a reputation for yourself is THE most powerful thing you can do. Some of you know my LinkedIn story, but for those who don’t, I got my current Concierge position by connecting and being genuine on LinkedIn. Ask questions, and be ready to take advice from those who have more experience than you.
be open to new possibilities & embrace change!
For THE longest time, I had the goal of being a Manager in the Hotel business. I was close minded and didn’t understand or appreciate the other opportunities out there for me. I spent six months in a Supervisory role, and realized it wasn’t all that I had imagined it to be. I was flexible and explored other options for myself. Change is scary, no doubt. I think it’s great to have goals for yourself, but I think it’s also important to recognize when things shift and to be willing to go with the flow. I believe the Universe will never lead you in the wrong direction, and that you should always trust your gut. You may end up in a completely different career than you have planned, and that’s perfectly okay. Learn to accept the change and go with it what feels right.
*Read my post about change to learn more about going with the flow & being OKAY when things don’t go according to plan!
I saved the most important point for last. People can sense authenticity from a mile away. Never try to be someone you’re not or try to be who people want you to be. There is nothing more valuable than genuine passion, and I’m sure that all Managers would agree with this. Be yourself and let your peers see who you truly are. That will set you apart from everyone else and will always help to propel your career goals.
I hope you guys learned a thing or two from my experience. Remember, if you don’t get the job, there’s probably a reason and just be thankful that you avoided a situation that wasn’t meant for you at this time. If you have any of your own tips you use to land the job, let me know down below! As always, if you liked this post, your support is always appreciated as I work to get this blog out there to more readers. I would love it if you could share this post to someone who it may benefit!
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