Communication is an ever-evolving skill set that impacts every facet of our lives. Now, with social networking, texting, and the Internet at the thumbs of millions, the act of communication has transformed into a more casual practice. If you are looking to understand on how to improve communication skills, read on to learn the practical steps you can take to get better.

The evolution—and de-evolution—of communication has blurred the lines of what constitutes as formal and everyday speech. This shift influences how younger generations interact with seasoned veterans in our professional arenas, where different styles of communication often conflict.

How To Improve Communication Skills

Practice Active Listening

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Most people don’t listen very well. Especially in the workplace. In a survey of modern professionals by Fierce Conversations and Quantum Workplace, over 80 percent of 1,300 employees indicated that miscommunications tend to occur often in their local place of employment.

Also, 43 percent of respondents blame technology and interpersonal interactions for those miscommunications. There is a listening gap among employees of all levels.

You can show people that you appreciate what they are saying to you, and retain more information, by active listening. Active listening means to listen to understand, not look to respond, and to ask for clarity—no matter how "dumb" you feel your question may be. The goal: You must sincerely try to focus on each bit of information that the other person is saying.

At best, human beings process information in an organized fashion. That’s why it’s also important to only conduct one conversation at any given time. Multi-tasking such as answering emails or texting while you’re on the phone can result in low-quality communication or confusion.

Know Your Audience

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People from different backgrounds, time periods, or professional areas communicate differently. Younger employees often use more acronyms, abbreviated slang when referring to each other; Effective communicators can learn to read their audience before speaking to them, then detect their communication style, and proactively tailor their message based on their attendance at the time.

Body Language Is Important

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Body language communicates so much more, especially in meetings, video conference calls, and presentations.

  • Unfold arms. Always extend your arms in a welcoming gesture, not have them crossed, or with your hands in your pockets.
  • Eye contact. Also, maintain eye contact with those that you are addressing; this helps everyone know that you are tuned in and paying attention. We communicate feeling and understanding with our eyes. It’s the ultimate trust builder.
  • Mirror others. Follow the body language of others to connect with their emotions. This act builds relatability.
  • Walk with purposeful energy. A vigorous walk speaks volumes; its a statement of your confidence and inner dialogue. Always evoke confidence in your stride.
  • Show your hands. Whether you are gesturing or illustrating a point, you will most likely use your hands to do so. If you make a choice to hide your hands, it will distract others from you and your message.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush through your speech, gestures, or actions. Slow down. Remember to breathe. Too much energy in your behavior will end up communicating anxiousness or nervousness.
  • Shake hands. Heartily. A firm handshake is a powerful act of power, camaraderie, and confidence. It's an action that is also a symbol of trust and credibility.

Always Read That Email Before You Click Send

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Emails are not first-draft send-alls. You'll need to read that composed email not only for grammar and context, but to make sure its contents align with proper professional speech, mainly if the recipients are your superiors.

  • Include a clear subject line that sets up the email and clarifies your message
  • Always open your emails with the proper salutation (Mr, Mrs., Dr.)
  • Use correct spelling, proper punctuation, and capitalize all names, titles, and proper nouns.
  • Write short sentences that add up to short paragraphs. Get to the point.
  • No jokes whatsoever. Excessive jokes are inappropriate and disrespectful for everyone else’s time.

Use Your Time Wisely, Be Specific

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Another method to improve your communication skills is to be as specific as possible, especially for any written or verbal communication, but also brief. You want to help your recipient understand precisely what you are communicating.

Write All Information Down

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Always take notes. No exceptions. Note-taking is imperative for any modern professional. You shouldn't leave it up to chance. Also, if you need clarity, send a few follow-up emails to understand what was being communicated during the meeting.

Rely On Old Faithful: The Telephone

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Sometimes, the phone is your very best—and easiest—option to connect with another colleague if you have a lot to say. Emails are best used when they are brief and to the point. Meetings can be time-consuming and arduous for everyone's schedules. Phone calls are an efficient use of time, cost nothing, and can earn you answers in half the time as other options.

Be Mindful Before You Speak.

Yes, your mother was correct. Always think before you speak! Like when writing emails, the first thing to come to your mind is usually not the exact message you want to present to the world.

Take a moment to collect your thoughts, reframe them for the audience, and then say things the way you desire. This bit of patience strengthens your communication and also saves you from possible embarrassment.

Treat People Fairly

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Everyone deserves respect and fair treatment, regardless of their position in your company. If you are in a place of leadership, broaden the scope of your communications by involving everyone that could benefit from your message not just your immediate team.

You can start by sharing useful information as a mass email rather than sending it to one team leader, who then sends it down to their team, and so on. Also, allow others to share the spotlight and express their thoughts; these employees will appreciate you providing them a platform, but more so they will understand that you are listening to them.

Engage Everyone In Discussion

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All audiences have one thing in common: They all possess a limited attention span. So to be a strong, effective communicator, you should aspire to make any of your presentations and discussions interactive.

The more you engage, the more people will share their thoughts and ideas. Ask your audience hypothetical questions, icebreakers, or thoughtful challenges to get them chatting.

Record Important Audio and Video Opportunities

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Save yourself the arduous note-taking and use a digital recorder to save an important presentation, speech, or meetings. Recordings are ideal tools that allow you to focus on the subject at hand.

Instead of taking notes and working to keep up, you can glean deeper insights from your meeting and engage with those in attendance. Afterward, your recordings can be repurposed into company onboardings, to present as lessons to cross-functional staff, or to save the information for sharing at a later time.

Purpose, Importance, Preview - The PIP Approach

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Business leaders like to use the PIP approach when in a presentation. This method calls for the speaker to do the following:

  • State the exact point, or purpose of the presentation
  • Share why the presentation is essential, and how can it help the team
  • Review learning outcomes or next-step action planning

By reviewing the key steps first, you provide your audience a clear understanding of your presentation and overall defining message.

Request Honest Feedback From Your Peers

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Feedback is priceless to a great communicator. Constructive criticism helps you sharpen your verbal and nonverbal skills. Inquire to your colleagues, managers, and friends to rate you in those specific areas and to provide any advice to help you improve. You may receive feedback that alerts you to an area that you overlooked.

Be Positive and Smile

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Like a purposeful walk, eye contact, or firm handshake, a warm, cheerful attitude and smile are a powerful tool for any communicator. A confident person brings an infectious attitude of joy to any environment.

Their smile is disarming enough to break down any barrier—all before any words. Whether you are in person or on the phone, a positive attitude will shine through any medium and directly impact the receiver. So adopt a warm countenance to maximize your communication skills, and reap the benefits of a positive attitude; people will respond to you.

Improve Your Communication Skills Today

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Great communicators are viewed as leaders for their skill, enjoy stronger relationships, and can adapt their message to professionals of all levels. Communication is also teachable; anyone can improve their speaking, writing, or the nonverbal cues they send.

Start to hone your communication skills today with the skills listed above. Select several that you could improve on and commit to implementing these at your professional job.

Also, monitor your verbal and nonverbal behavior. Are there any ways you can improve? What can be adjusted? Or, if you already are a seasoned communicator, enlist the efforts of a colleague to rate you appropriately. Find out what your blind spots are. Then work to elevate those into strengths. Then repeat.

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Professional skills are what makes you shine at work.

That is no exaggeration.

Take for example two fresh graduates from the same university. They are expected to have the same academic training, the same technical knowledge about their job, and all that.

But in reality:

If you hire them in your company doing the same job, there is no guarantee that both of them will do equally well.

The difference between these two potential employees is the professional skills they possess.

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Professional Skills Are...

There are several definitions for professional skills, and these definitions can be somewhat confusing.

Sources don't just disagree:

They contradict each other on how they define the term "professional skills."

For instance, LiveCareer's Angela Copeman defines professional skills as the competencies that bring value to the company, adding that these are often called technical or hard skills.

According to Copeman, soft skills should be referred to as "personal skills," or those that might bring value to the company.

Here's the truth:

Hard skills are those abilities that can be taught, which can also be defined and measured. On the other hand, soft skills are those that are less tangible and more difficult to quantify.

Therefore, by Copeman's definition, professional skills are capabilities that you can learn from school.

But not everyone agrees:

Sources such as the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, define professional skills as the opposite: these abilities are not developed by your coursework, nor are they taught in school.

So which one is correct?

Both.

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Stick with us, we'll break it down more clearly.

Professional skills are not just purely soft skills, nor are they just exclusively hard skills. They are a combination of both.

More importantly:

Professional skills are all the competencies you need to do your job right and succeed.

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Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills

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Hard skills are pretty easy to determine. If you are an administrative assistant, your hard skills are being able to type fast, to take dictations flawlessly, and to file things correctly. (Just for starters, obviously, most admins have many, many more.)

These hard skills are also easily quantifiable. For instance, typing skills are measured by words per minute.

In Short:

Hard skills are what would make you qualified to be an administrative assistant.

Soft skills, on the other hand, are what would make you an excellent administrative assistant.

Being able to communicate with people effectively or being able to handle problems on your own are soft skills that help you do better at your job.

This short video will help you understand the distinction between the two:

And more on soft skills:

Technical skills

We've briefly touched on technical skills. Like soft skills, these are important as well.

You probably know:

Businesses will not hire sales associates who do not know the first thing about selling.

And it makes sense that you simply cannot hire programmers who cannot write a single line of code.

These are the skills that are taught in school, and these are easily measurable. You can have applicants take some standardized tests and discover their aptitude for the position you are seeking to fill.

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The problem is:

When the focus is too much on technical skills, we can neglect the development of our soft skills. For businesses, they can focus too much on that resume and not enough on the actual candidate

But that's not the whole story:

Where the confusion starts

Professional skills have been called soft skills for so long. However, that term does not capture the importance of these capabilities.

​Consider this:

There are people who take issue with just using the term "soft skills." People such as former dotcom executive and author Seth Godin has called for people to stop calling it as such.

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Why?

Because the term makes it sound as if these skills are optional and secondary when they're not.

These skills can help you land a job, and will help you keep it. What's more, these skills will help determine how happy and successful you will be at your current workplace.

More importantly, you can use your soft skills in any industry and company, not just your current one.

Professional Skills Are Super Important

What are the top three skills that most companies are looking for in their employees?

The answer is not what you expect:

It's not the technical knowledge that you need in order to do the job. Nor is it how fast you can type or how proficient you are at working with computers.

It's not even how good you are at writing and submitting reports. Or what your college diploma says.

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These are all important, but not as essential as, you guessed it, professional skills.

These skills can help you land a job, and will help you keep it. What's more, these skills will help determine how happy and successful you will be at your current workplace.

More importantly, you can use your soft skills in any industry and company, not just your current one.

And here's the proof:

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top four skills hiring managers are looking for in new employees are:

  • 1
    The ability to work with a team.
  • 2
    The ability to make sound decisions and solve problems.
  • 3
    The ability to communicate verbally with people both from within and outside the company.
  • 4
    The ability to organize, plan, and prioritize work.

The rest of the list is a combination of technical and soft skills.

Your company knows you lack the skills, too

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Here's the kicker:

Most companies are aware that their employees lack the soft skills needed to do their jobs right.

Eight out of 10 companies say they do not think their employees demonstrate critical thinking.

Another three out of four wish their employees were more innovative.

Here's another thing to think about:

Around seven out of 10 managers are not comfortable talking to their employees.

Imagine that the person you hired to guide, train, and teach employees doesn't even like talking to them.

That's not going to work.

Most of the time, however, the recruitment process is focused on whether or not that manager has an MBA, or had a similar job in the past. The focus is on assuring they know how to manage, analyze trends, crunch the numbers, gather information, and have a paper trail to prove it.

But these skills are never enough.

Understanding the concept of professional skills will help you give equal importance to both soft and hard skills

The Professional Skills That Are a Drop Dead Must

What are the professional skills that you need to have in any job? Different references have their own list.

But listen to a pro:

Seth Godin offers five different categories of skills that you should develop.

1. Self-control

There are tasks that we put off just because we do not feel like doing them. However, these assignments and activities are essential somewhere down the road.

Self-control involves knowing what tasks are essential in the long run and being able to do these tasks without your personal quirks, biases, and other distractions getting in the way. Literally, it means being able to focus on the task at hand regardless of our distaste for it.

But it's not as simple as it sounds.

There are many facets to self-control:

  • 1
    Being adaptable to changing needs or requirements
  • 2
    Consistent behavior
  • 3
    Picking yourself up after failing
  • 4
    Having a collaborative mindset.

It also entails having a high EQ, or Emotional Intelligence Quotient, and willingness to learn from criticism.

And that's not all:

It means being able to grit your teeth just to see the project until the end. It will test your sense of humor, confidence, and awareness and your ability to handle stress and risks.

Self-control means getting the job done and working collaboratively, regardless of how much you are "feeling it" today.

2. Productivity

Knowing how to do your work and getting it done are two different things.

It's crazy:

Some of the best employees know what to do at their jobs, but they still fail.

Either they encounter a problem, or they run out of time to work on it.


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Or perhaps they finish, but screw up on some details.

Others get stuck on some problem.

And then there's this person:

Who has too much to do and isn't able to share the work with their colleagues. That lack of ability to delegate will cause them to be unable to get the job done.

When you do something, there is always a mix of vocational and non-vocational tasks. Productivity skills focus on moving the non-technical tasks along to help you finish the technical aspects of the work.

3. Wisdom

Wisdom-related skills are those that you get from experience and not readily available from textbooks you read at school.

These skills might involve creativity in handling challenges, being able to deal with the most difficult people, being able to work in an intercultural team, or having good taste.

Wisdom also involves:

  • 1
    Social skills
  • 2
    Confidence
  • 3
    And being able to empathize with users, vendors, and co-workers.

It also relates to mentoring and being able to resolve conflicts.

4. Perception

These skills relate to being able to see things clearly and being able to anticipate situations before they become occur.

For instance:

Your mindset should be similar to that of design thinking. The Interaction Design Foundation describes design thinking as that process wherein you try to understand the users, including what they want or need.

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Question everything:

This set of skills also involves being able to challenge assumptions, and even redefining problems so that you can come up with alternative solutions that might not have been obvious from the start.

5. Influence

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Being able to persuade others to act is an excellent example of skills that are related to influence. A competent worker should be able to assert themselves when it matters.

But that's not all:

This category also includes charisma and being able to communicate effortlessly. You should be able to inspire and lead at the same time.

It's when you can write for impact or have outstanding presentation skills. On the flip side: It's when you can lay down, and accept, constructive criticism without ego.

But wait, here is everything here in a nutshell:

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Plus all the technical skills that you need in your job.

How to Learn Professional Skills

As you have probably realized there are tons of professional skills that you need to have right now or skills that you should develop right away.

That is enough to get anybody rattled, but stay focused.

Even if you're starting with no skills at all, here are the four things that you should prioritize:

Now that you know that leadership, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills are what most companies are looking for; then it's time to take stock and be honest with yourself.

  • How are you with these skills?
  • Can you improve on them?
  • Can you learn them?

1. Learning skills: Just do it

One of the biggest booboos you can make when learning professional skills is to read as much material as you can.

For example, you want to learn more about selling more effectively.

You order dozens of books on Amazon.

Or, you search for the "best sales blogs" on Google.

Maybe you even...

join mailing lists that offer tips and tricks on sales.

Look, there's nothing wrong with all of these. That is probably why you're here reading this.

But be careful not to drown in all that reading.

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The problem is:

You might get overwhelmed by all the things you are reading, especially when trying to learn new professional skills.

Most of the time, though, you find yourself not taking in any new information, and you have no idea how to apply all the stuff you have learned.

The trick is to practice. Or as that shoe manufacturer says:

Just do it.

Author Josh Kaufman had a TEDTalk on this. Kaufman says that you only need 20 hours of practice to learn a new skill.

You dive into the new skill and learn as you go.

Or you can observe

However, there are professional skills that we cannot dive into. For these skills, you can start by observing first.

Think about this:

If you want to be an excellent public speaker, you can attend talks and speeches and see what the speakers say.

More importantly, look closely at how they deliver their spiels.

Observe somebody who is doing a presentation and try to see what that person is doing right and what needs to improve.

Of course, you could do this:

Read up on books and get up to awkwardly address your audience, but you will probably want to make sure you know what to do first.

But, why would you?

Resources such as this video are beneficial. Note that on top of the lessons, tips, and tricks, the video also uses Ellen DeGeneres as somebody that you can observe, emulate, and learn from.

I mean, who doesn't want to be as cool as Ellen?

It also shows you clips that will drive home the point better than hours of explanations can.

2. It helps to break up professional skills into tasks

Professional skills are often made up of smaller components, which we shall refer to as tasks.

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If you are learning graphic design, you might be better off learning how to use Adobe Photoshop first. Once you have mastered Photoshop, you can easily do image manipulation.

Then you go to the next step:

You can learn about the technical aspects of creating images. Do you know how to draw?

Do you know when you can legally use an image?

Once you have a project that requires graphic design, you will be able to put all of these smaller capabilities and see how they work together. The project will allow you to put to use all the tasks you have mastered over time.

3. Create something every day

Practice, practice, practice.

You know what they say:

For you to acquire a particular talent, you should make it a point to create something daily.

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Keep this in mind:

It's not enough to just know how each tool in Photoshop works, try to do some image manipulation such as turning a selfie into a photograph that looks like it has been shot in the 1920s.

For tomorrow, you can learn how to crop images so that you can change the background.

Killing two birds with one stone: Learning soft and hard skills together

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So little time, so many skills to learn.

Some people might prioritize learning technical skills and put everything else on the back burner. That is because most companies right now measure hard skills more.

The thing is:

You don't have to prioritize one over the other, you can learn professional skills alongside the technical knowledge.

While professional skills are often described as "not taught in schools," learning these skills can become part of your academic training.

In other words:

You don't have to think of soft and technical skills as mutually exclusive concepts, and you can learn these alongside one another.

A great example comes from the Rigas Stradina Universitate, a medical school in Latvia.

And what they are doing will blow your mind.

The university has simulations for their students that allow them to learn how to perform various medical procedures, while also learning soft skills such as teamwork and communication.

When should you begin developing the professional skills you need?

The short answer to that question is:

As soon as possible.

You can never start too early when developing professional skills. It does require some things:

  • 1
    Knowing what you want
  • 2
    Knowing what skills are needed to achieve that goal
  • 3
    Working on acquiring those skills

The thing with professional skills is that learning, developing, and mastering these take a lot of practice.

But you already knew that.

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With technical skills, you pretty much wait for formal training. You can learn it during your time in college. You can acquire new skills through company-provided training or seminars.

Or you can get it on the job.

You don't have to wait with soft skills

With soft skills, you have more flexibility. You do not even have to wait for opportunities to learn. You can be creative and learn on your own.

Here what we mean:

This Forbes article illustrates that you can start learning how to be a good leader even when the company you work for does not provide leadership seminars.

Being creative and looking for hidden opportunities to learn is how you can get around that.

First things first:

Forbes suggests that you get to know your team and the company inside out.

One trait of an excellent leader is knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each team member, and you can learn this just by spending time talking to people.

Or you could do this:

Help a colleague out.

Offer a hand to a co-worker that has been swamped with work. Doing so can help teach you how to prioritize what's needed most, collaboration, communication, and other traits that great leaders share.

With soft skills, you have more flexibility. You do not even have to wait for opportunities to learn. You can be creative and learn on your own.

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Or how about you just:

Take the initiative by doing more than what is asked will help you learn more about your workplace and the processes it has.

Employers love that.

Asking for more responsibility that you can take on without sacrificing your job is not only the best way to get noticed but also an opportunity to learn something new.

What's the takeaway of the whole Forbes article?

You can practice your professional skills every day.

Even without formal training.

Taking Advantage of Your Professional Skills

Here's the skinny:

Your professional skills will not help you land a job if you do not tell a recruiter about it.

Believe that.

That's why it's always a good thing to know how to best highlight these capabilities in your resume or interview.

Professional skills and your resume

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People often wonder if they can put professional skills in a resume.

Yes.

You should highlight these skills so that the recruiter can easily see them. To include professional skills in your CV, here are some tips you should remember:

Check out the job posting or job description

Some employers put out job ads.

If they get a lot of responses, they will scan the resumes and cover letters to see if these have the keywords they used in their postings.

So, doing this only makes sense:

Match your skills with the company's phrasing, and get your foot into the door.

For example, if the company is looking for a graphic designer and they specify "Expert level mastery of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator" in their job ads, use that phrasing instead of just saying "Familiar with image manipulation and enhancement software."

Research about the company

But here's the bad news:

Some companies don't reveal what they are looking for on their job postings. Or they may not have listed everything down.

What professional skills should you include then?

There's only one thing to do:

Research the company culture.

  • 1
    What kind of people do they usually hire?
  • 2
    What are their current employees like?
  • 3
    Which traits are considered essential?

Choose the professional skills that align with these values.

For example:

If the company values innovation among its employees, highlight your ability to think out of the box. If they like people who are dedicated to users, highlight your customer service orientation.

Where can you find information about a company?

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  • Newspaper or magazine articles
  • Company brochures
  • The local chamber of commerce
  • The company's website
  • Official social media accounts
  • Friends who are employees or customers
  • Job posting

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Where to put skills in your resume?

Every resume should have a skills section.

If the job posting included specific technical skills, then you should put the skills section high up on your one-page resume (maximum of three pages for senior-level positions).

If not, you can put the skills section in your areas of expertise, or a sidebar.

You should also highlight your skills throughout your CV.

Helpful hint:

It helps to demonstrate professional skills with your previous work details. For instance, you can highlight being able to multi-task while enumerating responsibilities in a former job.

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How to highlight professional skills in an interview

The job interview is one of the best chances to flaunt your professional skills.

FORTUNE Magazine writes that you should emphasize your professional skills, but admits that it is a challenging thing to do.

Here's the thing:

You can write down all the professional skills that you have, but you will probably have a difficult time demonstrating that you do indeed possess them.

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FORTUNE suggests coming up with examples of previous experiences where you have put these skills to good use.

Some of the examples you can use:

  • Managing a team of freelancers from all over the world, while delivering all the projects on time.
  • Coming up with a more efficient way to communicate between departments, offices, and branches.
  • Persuading a group of people to come to a consensus.

Professional Skills at Work

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Here's the skinny:

Your professional skills will not help you land a job if you do not tell a recruiter about it.

Believe that.

That's why it's always a good thing to know how to best highlight these capabilities in your resume or interview.

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The term personal branding is everywhere these days, but what does it really mean? Marketing yourself and your career as a brand isn’t that different from companies positioning products in a certain way to attract a particular audience.

You don't need to use copywriters or a consultant to discover your personal brand unless you're having an identity crisis, because your natural interests, looks, and personality are your brand.

You can establish an attractive, viable personal brand by determining the best aspects of your personal and professional life and using them to your advantage in marketing your projects.

The concept of a personal brand isn’t exclusive to the internet age. It was first popularized in the self-improvement book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which was first published in 1937.

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What are Your Unique Characteristics?

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Think about your strengths and weaknesses. What draws people to you and your message? Is it your quirky sense of humor, fashion sense, or the analytical way you decipher the news stories of the day? Ask your friends or followers if you can’t come up with the right trait. Others often see our unique characteristics before we do.


Once you identify your strengths, play them up in photos, videos, and blogs without trying too hard. (Followers can always tell when you're "acting.") Capitalize on your quirks, mannerisms, looks or whatever else distinguishes you from the social media "pack."


People with a unique persona or brand are easy to describe. Your followers, and even some people who've heard of you second-hand will have no problem recognizing you from a quick glance or even a verbal mention if you have an identifiable characteristic.

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Be Authentic

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People love to jump on the latest bandwagon – it’s been that way through history and the 21st Century is no different. If someone else is successful with a certain modus operandi, others analyze it and imitate it. Analyzing other people’s success is helpful to a point, but imitating them is not.


Many businesses and personal websites strive to copy more successful websites in the mistaken belief that a carbon-copy of a popular website will rake in more money for them. Improving another company’s formula, or putting your own twist on it, will garner better results.


Most consumers are savvy enough to tell when a site or business blatantly imitates another, and won’t respond to the tactic.


The power of authenticity is demonstrated when a positively-charged news story or meme featuring a normal, everyday person will take the internet by storm. It seems odd that one of the best tips for personal branding comes to us by looking at people who don’t know and probably don’t care about having an internet presence.


Think about your experiences, personality, unique characteristics, and the messages you want to convey. All your natural selling points combine to make you authentic.


Popular, feel-good news stories are linked to authentic people who are doing what they want to do, without worrying about following trends or imitating someone else. You can learn a valuable tip from these folks. Be yourself. Be authentic.

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Use Subtle Touches to Distinguish Yourself

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If you feel your authentic persona isn’t interesting enough to get noticed among the blizzard of internet content, you don’t need to become an “impostor” and put on a brand new face. Instead, fine-tune one aspect of your personality.


Your brand includes more than your website, blog or social media. It extends to your laughter, the way you wear your clothes, what you eat and everything else about you. If you like finding great vegetarian restaurants in your city, you can use that as a focus on your website or YouTube channel.


Don't overlook any aspect of your personality when searching for your personal brand. Once you decide what your brand should be, make sure it's consistent across your blog, website, and social media platforms. Have the same message and look on YouTube as you do on Facebook.


A consistent image everywhere on the internet (and in real-life) will attract the right audience and increase your visibility.

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Start an Email Newsletter

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Set up an email newsletter for readers of your blog, website or social media. Invite readers to subscribe to your email list. (Never add anyone without their consent.) People who take the time out to join your email list are more likely to be receptive to your promotions and sales.


Email mail subscribers are part of an exclusive club. Treat them like your exclusive fan club, and offer them the first chance to buy a painting you've done before you post the photo of it on your website or a discount on an online seminar or class you are teaching.  Some popular email list services include MailChimp, Constant Content and aWeber.

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Share What You Know

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Share your expertise online and offline through your blog, seminars, YouTube videos and social media posts. Combine your one-of-a-kind characteristics with a tutorial, and you get lots of clicks, fans, and followers. It makes sense that tutorials, Q and A's, educational, unboxing and review videos get some of the most views on YouTube.


People want to learn more about hobbies, products, cosmetics and everyday activities. If you use your knowledge and a distinctive personal brand to deliver the information, you'll attract new fans/customers.

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Build a Personal Website

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The online branding world may seem like it’s based entirely on social media, but you need a place on the net that’s truly your own to shine. If you don’t have a personal website, you should build one immediately, preferably with your own domain name.


You can include as much or as little as you want on your website, and make your own rules. You won't share space with other influencers and their posts, or be subject to the ever-changing whims of Facebook or Instagram.


Your website is all about you. Any projects you're working on, plus your photos, videos, and tutorials are all in one place.  Include a contact form so investors, bloggers and other influencers can contact you.

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Use Your Personal Brand To Help You Get a Job

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Hiring managers use LinkedIn and other social media platforms to learn about job candidates. If you have a compelling personal brand and present yourself in a favorable and productive manner, you'll get more interviews and job offers from social media.


Companies often post their job openings on Twitter before placing them on job sites, and 66 percent of hiring managers use Facebook to learn more about candidates. Use your Twitter and Facebook for more than cat videos if you want to get a good job.


If you post blogs about your chosen field on LinkedIn or instructional videos on Instagram or YouTube, employers will be more likely to hire you than a person with a similar work history and no online presence or social media profiles without authoritative posts.

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Your Brand is Just as Important Offline as Online

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It's easy for everyone, even introverts, to post engaging content on the internet or make a YouTube video in the privacy of their home.  But your personal brand is a 24-hour job, and as long as you're authentic, you can project the same personality in-person as you do offline.


If people recognize you from your videos or the photos on your Instagram, that’s a great starting point for a conversation at a seminar. You’ll have an easier time connecting with people in person if you have a vibrant online personal brand.


Meeting a key influencer in person is one of the best ways to establish a strong business connection that will benefit your bottom line. Remember to bring business cards to conferences. Cards won't get lost or deleted in a flood of a thousand emails, though they may lie forgotten in a wallet or purse for a while.

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Post Regularly on Social Media or Your Blog

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We all have times when health, work or financial issues take us away from social media, but it's important to keep up your posts on a daily or at least weekly, basis, so followers don't forget about you.


If you know you won't have enough time on a certain day, you can prepare posts or blog in advance and set them up for posting on a particular day. It's easier for people to click away to another distraction on the internet if they see you haven't posted in a few weeks or months.

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A Power Personal Brand Saves You Time

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When you have a consistent and powerful personal brand,  opportunities will come to you. Influencers, fans, potential customers, and employers will be able to find you through your blog or social media. You won't need to waste time chasing opportunity – it will come to you.


Check your emails, blog comments and replies to social media posts daily to make sure you don't miss any important contacts. If you get more correspondence than you can handle, consider hiring a virtual assistant for a few hours a week.


A powerful personal brand will attract more followers, comments, and likes on your social media profiles. Many of your connections will turn into customers, associates or real-life friends. Put a bit of thought into your personal brandingand watch your internet and offline popularity increase.

While potential salary is indeed not the only thing you should consider when choosing a career, there’s no denying that making a “good” living doing something you love is rewarding. Lucky for most people, there are high paying jobs in a wide variety of markets, and many are in need of up and coming employees.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the best-paying jobs in the U.S. We’ve tried to list a wide array of jobs suited to the interests of several different personality types. Keep in mind that you should choose a potential career based on your interests and skills as well as your financial goals.

To keep things simple, we’ve organized each job based on its overarching industry. Try to remember that earning potential varies according to several factors. A few factors that affect salary potential include:

  • Education level
  • Geographical location
  • Availability of Job
  • Number of People Seeking that Job
  • What Type of Company You Work For

Health Care Jobs

The healthcare industry is one of the most well known for providing workers with high pay. Most people imagine doctors and nurses when they think of top paying medical jobs, but there are many jobs in this field that pay well. A few of the most top-earning positions include:

  • Surgeons
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Optometrists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Podiatrists

Most of these jobs are incredibly hands-on and require years of dedicated education and training. Plus, for nearly any health-care related situation you will need strong math and sciences skills. However, as you can see from our list above, the variety of jobs in this well-paying industry are almost limitless.

Regarding job potential and growth, medicine is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. Medical workers are always in demand, and providing the gift of quality health care to your patients is very rewarding.

On the other hand, a career in medicine will take a significant investment in your education. Many jobs on this list require candidates to hold specialized degrees that can take years to earn. Plus, the day to day work of practicing medicine can be incredibly stressful. Prepare to be on your feet frequently and working in a fast-paced environment.

Legal Jobs

When people think of lucrative careers, their minds jump to lawyers pretty quickly. And for a good reason. Lawyers are typically paid very well, and the legal field is incredibly varied. Again, jobs in this career field require years of specialized study, but the investment can be well worth it if you find yourself well suited to these career paths.

Some of the most profitable jobs to pursue in the legal industry include the following positions:

  • Trial Attorney
  • Judge
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • Congressional Office
  • Real Estate Attorney
  • Intellectual Property Attorney
  • Legal Professor
  • Law Firm Administrator
  • Litigation Support Director

As we mentioned above, jobs in the legal industry require years of diligent study. Additionally, many of these careers need excellent speaking skills and the ability to perform under pressure. Also, while some attorneys love their jobs, others find the daily grind to be miserable.

In general, to succeed in law, you will need a well-rounded education and skill set. Skills such as communication (both written and spoken) are tantamount. And, the ability to think analytically and logically are an absolute necessity. You should also have strong technical skills and the ability to conduct thorough research.

Business Related Jobs

While jobs in business-related industries may not sound as rewarding as being a doctor or lawyer, they can be just as lucrative. And in fact, if you have a knack for entrepreneurship, you may even be able to out-earn those in the medical and legal fields. Below you’ll find some of the highest earning business-related jobs.

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Credit Analyst
  • Logistician
  • Business Teacher
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Personal Finance Advisor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Actuary

Careers in business-related industries require strong interpersonal skills. More specifically, the ability to communicate well with groups and individuals is vital. Also, for many business industry jobs, it helps to be well written and a good negotiator. Last but not least, you’ll likely need strong math skills for many business-related jobs.

In addition to the skills mentioned above, it helps to be fluent in current technology before diving into a business related job. Computer literacy is a must for those hoping to succeed in modern business jobs. It may also help your prospects if you are fluent in more than one language. Learning Chinese, Spanish, or Arabic can bolster your job opportunities.

Political Science Jobs

For those interested in politics, a career in political science can be both rewarding and financially motivating. While many people associate political science with legislative positions, it’s important to remember that many other jobs that pay decently in this field. A few of the posts on this list overlap with other industry areas that we’ve already mentioned.

Currently, the best-paid jobs for those interested in the political science industry include the following:

  • Research Analyst
  • Political Analyst
  • Political Advisor
  • Elected Legislative Official
  • Urban Planner
  • Public Administrator
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Attorney
  • Campaign Staffer
  • Campaign Manager
  • Political Consultant

Like business-related careers, the skills necessary to thrive in a political science job are highly dependent upon communication skills. Those who succeed in these positions are also poised, analytical, and organized. Because many political based jobs are time sensitive and occur in a dedicated time frame, excellent time management skills are a must.

Generally speaking, careers in political science require less specialized education than some other industries. However, regardless of what your background is, you’ll have to know how to put it to work in this industry. Also, due to the nature of politics, having a clean criminal background is not negotiable for those interested in this career industry.

As a final note, those interested in elected office will need to be well poised to persuade their potential constituents. This choice is not a career field without stiff competition. And, the job satisfaction can be abysmal. Not to mention, any career that puts you in the public eye comes with at least a modicum of risk.

Technology Industry

Oh, technology, where would we be without it? For those who find themselves drawn to the inner workings of the latest technology, pursuing a career in this ever-expanding field may be rewarding. More so than other areas, technology jobs are continually evolving. However, for those with the right skill set, these jobs can earn some of the highest salaries out there.

The highest earning technology-driven jobs right now include:

  • Applications Development Manager
  • Scrum Master
  • Urban Experience Manager
  • Software Architect
  • IT Program Manager
  • Data Architect
  • Solutions Architect
  • Software Engineering Manager
  • Systems Architect
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Cyber Security Analyst

Finding a high paying job in the tech industry may not be as straightforward as other high-paying industries. And, because this field doesn’t require a degree to command success, the competition is pretty stiff. But, information technology is also one of the fastest growing labor markets in the U.S.

Unlike high earning industries like business and political science, the skills necessary for information technology jobs are much more technical. To succeed in this industry, you should be proficient in coding, networks and databases, technologies new and old, and communication.

As we mentioned, many jobs in this field do not require a college degree. However, getting a college degree in computer science, computer engineering, or some other tech related niche can be a good starting point for developing a career in this industry. Also, don’t forget that you’ll need to develop excellent interpersonal skills as well.

Other High Earning Jobs

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While many of the jobs we’ve listed already are well-known to include high pay, here are a few that you may not have to know about. Keep in mind, not all of these jobs are glamorous, and a few may be a bit questionable. Still, there’s a job out there for anyone willing to work hard, and in most industries, there are a few tried and true ways to make a decent paycheck.

  • Childbirth Educator
  • Horse Exerciser
  • Bereavement Coordinator
  • Elevator Inspector
  • Clinical Ethicist
  • Enterostomal Therapist
  • Prosthetist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Bingo Manager
  • Master Marijuana Extractor
  • Hot Dog Cart Vendor

As you can see, there are many different routes to earning a high salary. Good paying jobs exist in nearly every industry. However, as we mentioned above, it’s best to follow your passions and apply your skill to find a career you love. While money is a significant motivating factor, it shouldn’t be your only motivating factor.

When looking for a high paying job, be sure that you fully understand what kind of responsibility comes with that career path. Carefully assess whether or not the position will be a good fit for you to avoid experiencing career burn out. However, if you do find yourself in a job you don’t like, don’t be afraid to change things up.

The process of finding a new job can be incredibly stressful. First, you have to decide what kind of work you’re looking for. Then, you find out what companies have openings. At last, you apply. But what’s next? After everything, you still have to sit and wait to hear back from the company itself.

Waiting to hear back about a potential new job can be daunting. You’ll likely feel excited and nervous and maybe even a little anxious. You want to make the best impression you can, but you don’t want to be annoying or limit your chances of getting a call back from the company of your dreams. So, what do you do?

Below, we’ll address your questions and give some insight to the ins and outs of following up on a job application. You’ll learn how to follow up on a job application and what to say when you do. But remember, each situation is unique, and you should always use your best judgment when looking for new employment.

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Should You Follow Up?

If you’ve been waiting to hear back about a specific job for a while, then you’ll likely be tempted to reach out and inquire about your application. But, what should you say? And, is following up even the right move?

Before you reach out to the hiring department of your desired employer, take some time to reflect. Ask yourself these questions to determine if following up is the best choice right now:

  • Do you already know when to expect a response?
  • Does the company accept applicant follow-ups?
  • How long has it been since you submitted your application?
  • Will your follow-up action add value to your application?
  • Have you already followed up with this company?
  • What is your purpose for following up?

In general, following up with a job application can be an excellent career move. However, it’s important to take into consideration your specific circumstances. The questions above will assist you in figuring out why you want to follow up if the company wants you to follow up, and what you want to learn from your inquiry.

Typically, it’s best to wait a week or so before you follow up with a recruiter or hiring manager. However, if the job listing specifies not to e-mail or call about your application, be sure you honor that request. Remember, the people you are reaching out to have full schedules and likely have a limited amount of time to field cold calls.

How to Follow Up on a Job Application

If you decide that reaching out will help your application stand out, your next step is learning how to follow up on a job application. There are three main ways that you can follow up on your application. Each method comes with its own set of pros and cons, and each is an effective way to find out more about the status of your application.

Follow Up in Person

You may be so excited by the potential new employer that you want to literally show up at the business and make a great “first impression.” For some situations, this method may work well. But, for many companies, this kind of surprise visit can be unwanted. In general, if you submitted your application in person, it’s okay to stop by and check on it.

If you choose to follow up in person, be sure to put your best foot forward. Keep in mind that each time your potential employer sees you, they are making mental notes about how you would fit into their company. To present your best self, dress appropriately, be polite, and be ready to interview then and there.

Follow Up by Phone

As the popularity of digital communication increases, following up by phone is becoming increasingly less popular. While job candidates may wish to show off their “cold calling” skills to a potential employer, it’s important to remember that hiring managers already have a full day of work planned.

Unexpected phone calls may be an unwanted interruption in an otherwise busy workday. And, unlike following up in person, this method does not provide applicants with the best means for putting their best foot forward. Unless you know precisely that your potential employer prefers phone communication, it may be best to back burner this idea.

Follow Up by Email

Following up on a job application by email is perhaps the most popular means of reaching out to a potential employer. Email offers applicants the ability to make themselves stand out without interrupting the regular workflow of potential employers. For most job applications, this will be your best option.

When you reach out to a potential employer through email, be sure to make yourself stand out. Don’t merely ask where you stand in the application process, delve into why you’re a perfect fit for the position. Do some research and make sure that your goals align well with the company’s goals.

Also, if you are making a jump from one industry to another, be sure to highlight your relevant experience. While it may be apparent to you how something from your previous work applies to this new pursuit, recruiters may not connect the dots as quickly. Keep your email short, but don’t hesitate to explicitly state why you think you’ll be a great fit.

As a final note, if you don’t know the email address of who you're following up with, consider looking for them (or the company) on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is specifically designed to connect professionals, so it is a great place to highlight your skills and follow up on applications.

What to Say When Following Up

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Regardless of how you choose to follow up on your application, you’ll want to be prepared. Part of that preparation means knowing what to say and how to get the answers you’re looking for. After all, what’s the purpose of following up if you don’t gain any new information or make yourself stand out?

First and foremost, whenever you follow up with a potential employer, be polite. It may seem obvious, but you should be respectful, kind, and friendly with every company representative you interact with. It’s likely that you are not their only applicant, and a friendly demeanor can set you apart from other candidates.

In addition to using your manners, it’s important to sell yourself. Reiterate why you’re interested in the job you applied for as well as why you want to work for that specific company. Additionally, let your skills shine. As we mentioned above, you should explain to your follow up contact why you are the best person for the job.

Last but not least, be sure to thank the recruiter or hiring manager for the opportunity to apply to their company. This step shows that you are grateful for the chance to be considered and eager to join their business. Plus, as we mentioned above, a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Don’t forget that you’re talking to a person, not an entity.

Reasons Why You Should Follow Up

Whether you are dying to get out of your current job, or merely looking to expand your horizons, there are many reasons why you should learn how to follow up on a job application. Each situation is unique, but if you aren’t sure why you should follow up, consider the reasons outlined below.

Following up with a potential employer shows that you are serious about the application that you submitted. It gives the business a sense that you will be a responsible employee dedicated to seeing a task through to the end.

Additionally, by following up on your application, you’re likely to set yourself apart from other potential candidates. Taking this extra step to thank your potential employer and further explain what you have to offer puts a personality to the name on your application.

As a bonus, following up with the hiring manager of the company you’re interested in is an excellent way to network. Even if the company decides to hire a different applicant, you may be able to get useful feedback from the hiring manager you’ve been in contact with. Also, if you decide to apply for another job, later on, you’ll already have a connection in the building.

Perhaps the most obvious reason to follow up is merely to find out where you stand. It can be frustrating to feel like you’re trying your hardest to find employment and not hearing anything back. By reaching out to companies you’ve applied with, you can find out whether or not you’ve cut.

Tips for the Follow Up

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While following up on a job application can be a useful tool in the jobseeker's proverbial toolbox, how you implement this skill can make or break your prospects. Below you’ll find a few tips and tricks for highlighting the value you have to offer without making yourself a nuisance.

  • Choose One Follow Up Method
  • Don’t Pester the Hiring Manager
  • Let Your Personality Shine
  • Respect Any Timelines You’ve Already Been Given
  • Keep Your Follow Up Short and Sweet

By following the advice in this article, learning when and how to follow up on a job application should be no problem. You’ll be able to make yourself stand out without seeming annoying. And, you’ll likely increase your chances of getting hired. Just remember to highlight why you’re a great candidate and put your best foot forward.

The best search engines for jobs will offer many great opportunities for those looking for new employment and also provide tools to make your job search more efficient. Consider our list of options for your next job hunt and take advantage of the many recent improvements that have been made to the various job posting websites.

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A job search engine is typically a website that works to cultivate a wide variety of job postings and company data to best serve those who are seeking employment. These sites are often specific to a particular kind of job, and many offer features such as email alerts to help encourage users to stay active on their website and searching for employment.

Job search engines can take much of the guesswork out of job hunting and are also significant resources for those who may potentially be willing to relocate for a position. A search engine site may return thousands of potential results, but filtering criteria has vastly improved in recent years, and now users can quickly find their way to job openings that are suitable.

A job search engine also has the ability to:

  • shorten the amount of time that you spend looking for employment
  • Help you stay organized during your job hunt
  • Allow you to apply for new positions quickly.

Users can also choose to work with recruiters or manage their job hunt independently.

Things to Look for In A Job Search Engine

When looking for the right search engine, it’s worth doing a quick online search to see if there are any dedicated explicitly to the industry in which you work. Many technology and remote jobs have different search engines with the sole intent to match up qualified individuals with companies that have specific needs.

Once you have narrowed down your options, it doesn’t hurt to make a few profiles and search on the site to see what kind of job openings are available that interest you. Many search engines will require that you first make a profile or account in order to view job listings, but not all have that requirement.

Lastly, consider how you create your profile and take advantage of the tips offered by the site to optimize your resume and cover letters. New career advice is available as trends and standards change and staying up to date will help you get hired sooner.

The Best Job Search Engines

When looking for the best job search engines, you’ll want to consider your job-hunting goals, and how a search engine can best serve your needs. Many search engines will be specific for tech or startup related companies, while others will display a mix of many different company types.

There is also the option to set up email alerts which can help you save time by letting you know when a specific opening is available. Many search engines these days offer a wide variety of filtering criteria but being able to keep your searches can ultimately save you time.

AngelList

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AngelList has been a long time hub for startups and investors, but their job postings have expanded in recent years. They currently have upwards of 70,000 business profiles on their site, which is up a staggering 15,000 from 2016. Over 20,000 of those businesses are looking to hire new employees.

AngelList is one of the best job search engines because it can pair individuals with progressive and forward-thinking companies who are more transparent about their company culture, their hiring process, and their expectations of their workers.

It is also more likely that you’ll be able to find non-conventional job arrangements on AngelList such as work from home, contract, and remote work positions. The site offers creative ways to filter available jobs, and openings are readily present for international applicants.

Glassdoor

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Glassdoor may have started out as a way for current and previous employees to submit feedback about the companies that they worked for, but it has expanded to include other helpful information and job openings.

Potential employees can peruse a wide variety of job openings and gain insight into a company’s culture and policies that may affect their time spent working there. Applicants can read what other employees have experienced, and what reasons they specifically list for liking or disliking an individual company.

Glassdoor also includes information on salaries for specific positions so you can be sure you are applying for a job in the right arena and that your potential offer is reasonable for that company. There is also a helpful tool to help individuals assess their value in the job market so they can better evaluate potential job offers.

LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is more than just a legendary career tool, it’s a social media platform that can connect you to a variety of other individuals with similar business and employment goals. You can search for different companies and find vast amounts of information from how many employees they have, to job openings, and their hierarchy.

Applicants can also get a good idea of turnover rates in a company, the culture, and how diverse their employee base is. For those who have limited connections, you can easily build more by importing your contacts list, uploading information about previous work history and completing a profile that will help match you up with potential jobs.

Hired

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Hired is mostly for the more technical job openings available and positions can range from engineering, product management, and design. When you create a professional profile, you’ll be able to add essential information about yourself that makes you a more attractive applicant than the competition, and companies will be able to invite you to interviews.

Hired claims to have received 70,000 job applicants in each month of 2017, and the bidding system seems to be a unique way for companies to interact with their potential employees. If you are in the market for a more technical role, this could be a creative way to get a sweeter deal than if you used a more generic job search engine.

Indeed

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Indeed is the catch-all for job openings and applicants will find all kinds of jobs from every industry on the planet. While many of these jobs will be conventional, others may be work from home arrangements, contract work, or remote positions.

Over 200 million potential employees peruse the site each month, which means many jobs will be filled relatively quickly or receive numerous applications. Indeed may be one of the most massive job search engines in the world, and it conveniently allows users to filter openings based on a wide variety of different search criteria.

Career Builder

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Career Builder is one of the best job search engines primarily because it is one of the larger job boards available that also has adequate filtering to be useful. Applicants can use Career Builders’ robust search options to find location and degree-specific job openings and even dictate an acceptable pay range.

Career Builder is also an excellent choice because of their partnerships with news and media outlets nationwide that help them with gathering the most comprehensive list of job openings available. The site also provides ample articles on job hunting related topics, how to improve resumes, and other subjects that are common concerns among those looking for employment.

Google for Jobs

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Google for Jobs is another Google product that works to help job applicants find the right jobs. Their search engine works by compiling listings from all over the internet and multiple different sources including other sites on this list.

Instead of having to use multiple sites, a job seeker can merely use Google for Jobs and see all available openings across numerous search engines, and Google will pull other related opportunities as well. Applicants can then further narrow their results by utilizing different search criteria such as location, date posted, salary, company type, and more.

Monster

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Monster is one of the original job search engines, and their unique features have expanded to include career advice, company profiles, and salary information. Once a user completes a profile, they can open themselves up to working with recruiters, and receive emails and requests for the most recent copy of their resume.

Dice

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Dice is another job search engine oriented explicitly towards tech job openings and those who are looking for technical positions. You have to make an account to use their service, but once complete you can use filtering criteria such as salary, company type, employment type, keywords, and location.

You can also store your resume, different cover letters, and use their dashboard to track various jobs on your radar. Users can also keep up to date on tech related news, and career advice relevant to their field.

Simply Hired

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Simply Hired offers a wide range of potential job openings and allows users to save their searches and set email alerts based on their preferences. Applicants can use the basic criteria such as salary and location, but other filtering is also available that is scarcely seen in other search engines.

Users can filter their results by companies that have a more diverse workforce, those that typically hire a greater number of veterans or even companies that follow eco-friendly practices.

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Motivational job quotes can help elevate your mood and keep you on track for the entire week. Consider printing out a few for your desk, reflect on your accomplishments, and achieve your best work with the power of words and quotes from remarkable individuals.

We’ve all heard our share of motivational job quotes from the comfort of our office chair, but eventually, these can get drown out but the hustle of work we no longer quite enjoy. If you’re looking for some motivation to kickstart your day, check out our list of job quotes that will motivate and inspire you to greater heights.

About Motivation

Motivation can be adequately described as a collection of factors that help create the perfect energy to make you feel and work at your best. Vacations can often offer critical bursts of motivation once you return to work, but the same can be said for regularly taking breaks during the day.

If you find motivational quotes inspiring, incorporate a few into your day, and be mindful of your overall productivity long-term. Many individuals find that their inspiration comes from doing the work itself.

Regardless of the psychology at work, an inspirational quote that is both unexpected and unique can:

  • Have a profound effect on the positivity of your mood
  • Trigger important and fulfilling complex thoughts
  • May lead to bursts in productivity for some people

38 Job Quotes That Will Motivate You

When your job becomes a drag, a little motivation may be all you need to get started on the right track again. Here’s our list of top quotes that are motivational and inspiring for your workday.

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.” –Calvin Coolidge

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” –Maya Angelou

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” –Andrew Carnegie

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One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ashe

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”–Winston Churchill

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” –Henry Ford

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it.” –Rafiki, The Lion King

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”-Stephen Hawking

Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”-Michael Scott, The Office

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” –Ayn Rand

Do or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” –Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland

Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?  Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.” –Dory, Finding Nemo

If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.” –Ernest Hemingway

Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” –Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation—the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing—is essential for high levels of creativity.” –Daniel H. Pink, Drive

Innovation distinguishes from a leader and a follower.” –Steve Jobs

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” –J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” –Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The best way out is always through.” –Robert Frost

Speak softly and carry a big stick.” –Theodore Roosevelt

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”-Farrah Gray

When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them”-Karen E. Quinones Miller

A year from now you may wish you had started today”-Karen Lamb

Someday is not a day of the week.”-Janet Dailey

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”-Steve Jobs

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”-Robert Collier

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”-Milton Berle

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”-Kurt Cobain

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”-Mae West

Opportunities don’t happen; you create them.”-Chris Grosser

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”- Gore Vidal

Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”-David Foster Wallace

There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”-Nelson Mandela

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.”-Paulo Coelho

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”-William James

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”-Gloria Steinem

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”- Mark Twain

How to Use Motivational Quotes Throughout the Week

If you are looking to take motivational quotes a bit farther each week and use them more intensively for motivation, it’s a good idea to plan how that will best work for you. Many individuals have their weekdays divided up for specific tasks, such as planning, getting things done, meetings, and other categories that can help you prepare in advance.

If you have access to an internet browser at work, consider starting a folder in your bookmarks with your favorite sites for motivational quotes. By having these websites bookmarked, you can quickly open them when they are needed, and get a quick dose of inspiration.

You may also want to choose a few favorites that have been made into exciting graphics, and print them to hang in the area where you are working. By having these in your immediate vicinity, you can quickly remind yourself of why you are doing the things you’re doing and get back to the task at hand.

If you decide to print out a few quotes, consider whether or not color prints will be distracting in your workspace, and always switch out the quotes on a regular basis to keep the effect fresh. Once the quotes no longer inspire you, it’s time to move on to others.

Some people find it handy to use a whiteboard and write their favorite motivational quote for the day or week on there as part of a ritual for starting their work. While having this habit can be a great way to condition yourself that it’s time to start working, it’s crucial to select quotes that are powerful as well.

Reflection

At the end of each workday or workweek, consider reflecting on the things that you have accomplished and take pride in your progress. One of the best ways to be inspired week after week and day after day is to take the time to appreciate how far you’ve come, and all of the smaller items you have accomplished.

Considering keeping a list of critical accomplishments divided up by day, week, or month, and add to it regularly. If you are feeling stressed, and generally down, refer to your list and your motivational quotes for a quick pick-me-up to get back on track.

Keeping track of your accomplishments may also have the unintended effect of helping you better manage your career and stay on track for future long-term goals. Promotions and advancements in your career will not just accidentally fall into your lap; you’ll have to pursue them in order to make them happen.

Duties vs. Achievements

It’s important to differentiate between the responsibilities of your job and the achievements you have made. As a general rule, your job duties are the tasks that you perform each day which also describes your job scope and responsibilities.

Achievements are how you performed these tasks and the overall quality of your work. If your work is of excellent quality, also make sure to note the positive impact it has had overall, and how you were able to elevate your job performance while also contributing to your team or organization.

Many of the motivational quotes on our list refer to performing actions, and making this categorized list is one way that you can differentiate your job duties from your overall performance and stay consistently motivated.

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What are your strengths? If it takes you longer than a second to answer this question, you may need to read this blog. Success is not a one-way street; there are numerous ways to get there, and among them, knowing your strengths can help you find the route best for you.

And when those strengths are practiced and honed at work, you are ensuring your professional growth in the career that you love. That fact alone makes it priceless and a worthwhile endeavor.
But identifying your strengths may not be the most natural thing to do for most people. You must first know what you are good at, what comes naturally to you before you can distinguish between a strength and a talent.

This guide will help you identify those strengths, uncover methods to strengthen them, and help make you more self-aware of the essential facets of your professional toolkit, all so you can pursue a satisfying career.

List Your Strengths

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So, back to our original question: What are your strengths? Here's how to find out: Make a list of all the things that you think you are good at, the characteristics about your personality, abilities, and soft skills that come naturally to you.

When you list your strengths this way, you are in-part presenting to yourself your distinctions. Once known, you can consider the elements of your strengths, and leverage elsewhere.

Additional benefits of listing your strengths include:

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Even if you don't know what your strengths are, this exercise will provide you with a flurry of ideas for you to consider. Start by taking notes and then finalizing those notes later.

Spot your improvement areas. A list can reveal many things, such as where you need to make changes. The key is, to be honest about what your difficulties are, and then link to what you can do to make improvements in that area. This trait will help you regroup later in your career when self-introspection and development are imperative for those that receive promotions.

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With your strengths listed, you now have physical evidence of the things that you should hone or practice. It’s an exercise that will make your good strengths great, later.

Now that we have the advantages of listing complete, let’s analyze the top strengths that can secure you a satisfying career:

Strong Sales Acumen

Sales are the cornerstone of business and the center of success. No matter what industry you work in, sales will be apart of it in some way, shape or form even if your job is not sales-related.
Share ideas during meetings and marketing conferences; transfer instructional advice through customer service, user experience or business development. Knowing how to sell is a huge point of advantage for any employee, which can empower you to train your immediate work team.
But what if you have no sales experience? That’s not a deal breaker. Again, sales happen within or outside of normal business contexts; if you’ve ever convinced someone to do something for you, then you’ve established a sales foundation.

Versatile Strengths

Strengths that are transferable are the best kind since these can be applied anywhere. In a new role, you can tap into a previous experience to have a professional advantage. Whether you are volunteering, in hospitality, or a full-time position, you will acquire skills—some hard, some soft—that you can leverage for career success. Here's an idea of versatile strengths:

  • Crisis communication
  • Teamwork
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal and mass communication
  • Public relations

Also, note for success: Make sure to mention these versatile skills in your cover letter and resume.

An Inquisitive Nature or the Will to Ask Questions
This characteristic may seem like an odd skill, but it's a precious—and underutilized—strength that could drive your career forward. This strength is simple: If you do not understand something, or want a more significant opportunity, ask.

Whether you seek to implement an idea you have, desire a promotion or pay raise, or are looking for more professional responsibility in your current role, you should ask your subordinates for the challenge. The worst they can do is say no, but they can also set you up for success by preparing you for what you've asked.

Maybe asking questions is a weakness for you, or you’re shy. Take things slow and practical by recognizing how to step outside of your bubble. Make yourself uncomfortable. Try to practice non-role specific tasks on your job.

Negotiate the price of fruit the next time you are at a market. Speak to a stranger. The more “uncomfortable” you make yourself, the more you hone your ability to ask questions and earn results.

Ability To Understand Coding

We live in a technologically saturated society and all of us, even those that may not know it yet, have a small foundation in how the Internet works. Those with more average skill sets understand how app-related software is a winning advantage for personal and professional scenarios.

To qualify for a large number of careers that require technical expertise, you can exercise these coding skills to build your foundation into a strength. You can try a small programming task with your professional team, or create your blog. Also, if you'd like to improve, Khan Academy and Code Academy offer free training resources online.

Communication

Communication supports every industry. It's also the key to a successful career. You can challenge yourself to master communication every day, starting with the way you write emails to your conduct in meetings. It is a strength that also requires excellent listening skills and putting yourself into the perspective of others.

Most of us write emails every day. Here’s how you can strengthen your communication, role-reversal, and general perspective: Never send a first draft of an email out to a group of people before you proofread it.

Likewise, think before you speak. When you slow down, you can evaluate more than just grammar like context, relevant information, and clarity of ideas. This extra level of communication can sharpen your writing, delivery, and people skills.

Interpersonal Strengths

Team players drive organizations. These individuals are versatile and know how to work within any group or setting. For a satisfying career, you will need to become one if you already are not. In truth, team players get along better with everyone else and already have some strengths mentioned throughout this list.

And employers usually hire these professionals because of their ability to blend with a work culture seamlessly. In short, hiring managers bring on individuals they can imagine liking and getting to know.

To become a team player, become likable. Here are a few tips:

  • Practice active listening.
  • Repeat ideas and opinions back to your colleagues. This habit shows you remembered what they told you.
  • Have a genuine interest to connect with others.
  • Boost or enhance camaraderie among your colleagues.
  • Coordinating And Managing Big Tasks

If you regularly can see a big picture perspective on things or are very organized, then you could have latent project management skills. Employers value these strengths among all employees and, as work becomes more globalized because of the internet, is a definite skill to have when working with remote teams.

Project managers help execute ideas from the start to the beginning, coordinating the entire group, tasks, and resources under deadline.

Want to improve in this area? Try to work backward on tasks that are near completion. What did it take for this task to run successfully? How could things improve for next time? Identify these details and steps to see how everything connects. Then try your hand at managing a project with your tentative blueprint.

The initiative or Starting Tasks on Your Own

Leaders do not have to be told to do things. This behavior holds true for both life and the workplace. If you can be the one to spot a need and then fill it, your superior managers and directors will come to depend on your vision and initiative.

So start looking for creative opportunities to be a risk-taker, or to brainstorm new ways of approaching old problems. You can start by helping colleagues overcome roadblocks in their tasks, or ask your manager for a different project when you free yourself up on your daily duties.

Get to Know Your Strengths

It requires much introspection and honesty to determine what your strengths are, and even more so to acknowledge how you can improve any weaknesses. The truth is that many people do not transparently know themselves.

By understanding your proper description, you can cultivate the better parts of yourself and leverage them in your career. Take some time this week to ponder over what you do best, then improve your skills by seeking out opportunities to develop them at your professional job. This effort begins the hard work you'll have to do to have a fulfilling career.

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10 Job Interview Preparation Tips For Fresh Graduates

Graduating from college is a milestone that you should be proud of, but shortly after graduation reality sets in and there are student loans to pay and other financial obligations. Not only is a job essential for taking care of bills and other expenses, but it’s also a reward (of sorts) for all your hard work in college.

The job search process can be long and arduous and preparing for an interview can be one of the most stressful things since taking your final college exam. We’ll give you some of the best job interview preparation tips so that you can feel better prepared and have a greater chance of landing the job.

Apply For The Job Even If It’s Not The “Perfect” Fit

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Before you think about job interview preparation, the first step is applying for a job. While some college grads have employers looking to hire them, you’ll likely need to do a little searching.

When looking for a job, keep in mind that the job that you get right after college doesn’t need to be your lifetime career; it certainly can be if you love it and it’s a good fit, but don’t let yourself feel “tied” down before you even get a job.

Getting a “grown-up” job is all about experiences and continued education after you have your degree. If you want a good job after college, you may need to look at bit out of your comfort zone and also a little outside of your work experience. Don’t be afraid to apply for a job even if you’re not a “perfect” candidate because you might still get a call for an interview.

Do Your Research

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Now that you’re a college grad, you might think that your hours of research are behind you. When you’re on the hunt for a job, it’s always a good idea to do research on the company that you’re applying to and hope to interview with; this is an essential job interview preparation tip.

Not only will getting extra information about the company help you determine if it’s an employer you want to work for, but it can help during the interview process. You can ask questions about the company and impress your prospective employer that you’ve done your homework.

Some employers recommend checking out their LinkedIn page before you interview for a position since it shows that you’re interested in the company (when you pop up in “who’s viewed your profile”) and you can learn basic information about the company.

Think About Your Online Presence

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This comes up time and time again, yet people often forget about it. When you’re applying for jobs and preparing for interviews, “clean up” your online presence. Use a professional email address (rather than something that doesn’t identify you).

Check your social media pages. Are your posts appropriate and professional? If you don’t want your future employers to check out your online presence, you need to make all of that information private.

Allow Yourself To Feel Nervous and Then Move On

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Interviewing for a new job can be nerve-wracking for many people, and it’s understandable because there’s a lot at stake. While it’s normal to feel nervous and even a little doubtful, don’t let those negative feelings linger. If you don’t think that you’ll get the job, you probably won’t; so try to look at all the positives.

Even though it’s easier said than done, remind yourself that other jobs will be available if you don’t get the one you want.

Practice Makes Perfect

A job interview is a lot like a college exam. Even though you know what might be on the test, there’s no guarantee that you’ll know all the questions beforehand. Practicing before an interview is always a good idea, as it’s kind of like studying for a test; the more you practice, the more confident you’ll feel come the day of the interview.

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Take a look at some common interview questions and practice them with a roommate, friend or family member. While it will undoubtedly be easier to do a mock interview with someone you know, it’s good preparation nonetheless.

It’s a good idea to go through some standard questions, but don’t practice so much that you have memorized your responses. Doing so may make it more difficult to play it by ear or be more natural and comfortable at your actual interview.

Dress For The Job

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Many experts have conflicting thoughts on proper attire when interviewing for the job, but they all agree that you should dress for the job. If you’re interviewing for a summer job (as in temporary or seasonal) or if it’s at a small startup company, it’s appropriate to be a little more casual.

When preparing for your interview, keep in mind that your personality and job skills are what should stand out, not your shoes or your outfit. While clothing shouldn’t matter, it does, so it’s best to keep your outfit relatively “neutral.” Some suggestions include, but are not limited to:

  • Solid color pants
  • White dress shirt
  • Minimal jewelry
  • Clean shoes that aren’t “scuffed up”
  • Clothes that are comfortable to sit down in

Wear clothes that are clean, fit well, are ironed, and make you look like professional who put some thought into your outfit. Have long hair or a beard? There’s no reason to cut it short and go to the interview clean shaven, but you should look presentable rather than “scruffy.”

Skip the heavily scented body wash, lotion or perfumes and don’t forget to wear deodorant. Your scent (whether pleasant or offensive) should not linger in the room after you’ve left.

Watch Your Body Language

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When you’re talking to someone or a group of people you don’t know, it can be uncomfortable, and you might not know what to do with your hands or your body, in general. If you’re nervous, your body language is likely to reveal your nerves.

It’s best to sit up straight, shake hands firmly, use eye contact, and don’t forget to smile. Smiling can be difficult to do when you’ve got dozens of thoughts racing through your brain, but a smile can take you a long way in an interview.

Be Authentic

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While you’re preparing for your interview, you definitely want to impress your prospective employers but don’t forget to be authentic. If you’re overly enthusiastic and phony, you may not be taken seriously.

Find ways to compliment the company genuinely. What is it that you like about the company? What impresses you?

It may be appropriate to use a little humor, but keep it clean while it’s always good to be a bit humble, avoid being too self-deprecating. You want to show your interviewers that you are confident and can get along with anyone.

Listen and Ask Questions

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When getting ready for an interview, you might be so focused on how to present yourself to your interviewers that you might forget to think about questions that you’d like to ask. There’s a good chance that you may not think about questions until you’re at the interview, but always have some backup questions just in case you draw a blank at the interview.

When you’re practicing the interview questions, don’t forget to pause, take your time, and make sure to listen to your interviewer. Hurrying to answer their questions or interrupting them may be well-intentioned, but might not be impressive to your interviewers.

Be Prepared For Interview Day

Once you have an interview scheduled, do all the essential prep and then plan on getting a good night’s sleep. An alcoholic drink the night before your interview may calm your nerves, but it can also affect your quality of sleep. Skip the booze and drink water or a calming tea. Eat a healthy meal and avoid any foods that might wreck havoc on your already nervous stomach.

Get your clothes ready the night before your interview and get to bed at a reasonable hour. In the morning, stick to your normal routine if you have time. Go for a run, do some yoga, enjoy a cup of coffee, and relax. Go over your notes, but don’t spend too much time obsessing over the information; don’t worry, you know it!

Don’t get dressed until you’re ready to head out the door. Brush your teeth, clip your nails, and keep that extra cup of coffee behind. Allow yourself enough time to get to the interview, find parking, and have at least ten minutes of wait time before the interview. Use this time to relax and take deep breaths. If you’ve prepared for the interview, you’ll do a great job.

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Tips On How To Establish Relationship With An Introverted Boss

At work, you may find that you display improved productivity levels and an uplifted mood if you have a good working relationship with your boss. However, if your boss is more introverted than extroverted, finding the right way to develop a relationship can be a bit tricky.

It is so important to have a lot of flexibility and patience with an introverted person, as they usually feel exhausted by having to engage socially with others.  Don't push your introverted boss into an unwanted chat at short notice. It is far better to give your boss the opportunity to observe you in action with others in the workplace, so they can think over their summation about who you are, before striking up a conversation.

An excellent way to start a natural conversation with your boss is to ask their opinion about something, so they can display their knowledge, or share their ideas.

Take Steps Slowly To Get Close

Especially if you are a more extroverted person, you have to realize that introverts need extra time to make a decision. An introverted boss is not one to be rushed into things, and they have to feel comfortable before eventually divulging more details about themselves or opening up to the vulnerabilities required of deeper social connections.

It is vital to be patient and move slowly to become close to an introverted boss. There is some truth about things that are quality and long-lasting take sufficient time to build. A quality working relationship is not something to be created overnight, as the more years you are in contact with an introverted boss, the stronger your personal history.

There are more than a few things that you can do to help develop and enrich a professional relationship with a shy boss.

Make sure to be aware of the following when approaching a boss who likes to keep to themselves.

  • Do not badger a boss to have an impromptu discussion or meeting without adequate warning time.
  • Be honest, trustworthy, and helpful. Proving yourself as an asset and not a liability helps build trust.
  • Time is on your side if you are patient, and maintain good character and habits with social interactions.

Although your boss is your superior at work, they are still a human being underneath it all. It is essential to make people feel comfortable enough with you to show a bit more of themselves. And some things are just not up for discussion or sharing if they can upset a professional image or leadership.

Email Ahead Of Time
For One-On-One Meetings

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Your boss is an introvert, so they do not like surprises. Unless there is a dire emergency that cannot wait, it is best to give your boss enough time to schedule a conversation or meeting with you. Additionally, your boss does have a life beyond work and needs to follow their schedule accordingly.

Aside from being patient about meeting with your boss one-on-one, you want to make sure that you alert your boss ahead of time via email, text, or an online chat. It is best to avoid phone calls, and leave that as a last possible option for communication.

Many introverts find it a lot easier and smoother to communicate via the written word, before gathering their thoughts together if they have to speak aloud. Extroverts are very enthused about talking to someone in-person, whereas an introvert may have to take some personal time to muster the energy to commit to such a task.

Make sure to give your boss enough time to respond to your request and do not appear stressed, anxious, or upset if the meeting runs short, or there is a request to communicate online instead.

Be Flexible With Responses

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Body language is a big deal, and if you are going to interact with an introvert, you are going to want to ensure that you use positive non-verbal communication appropriately. Equally important, you will want to make sure to gauge and read into your boss's non-verbal cues correctly.

You might finally get a moment to meet and speak with your boss, but don't think that they aren't engaged in the conversation. You will want to be aware of non-verbal communication such as eye contact, facial expression, and your boss's posture and gestures.

Keep your body language neutral and avoid the desire to reach out and touch your boss while speaking, if it comes naturally to you. Giving your boss enough personal space is vital to keeping things in a favorable light for you both.

Long conversations can be a torturous event that causes an introvert to shy away, even if they are in a leadership position. Chances are if your boss is staying silent and their eyes look serious, they may be thinking carefully over what has been said before they are going to make a response.

If you are overly hasty with a boss, attempt to dominate a conversation, or find other ways which are off-putting and make your boss uncomfortable, you may be surprised at the direction things turn, and quickly.

It is vital to listen well and give your boss enough time to make a response when there is a pause in a conversation. Whereas an extroverted boss may quickly blurt out ideas, or excitedly talks about their thoughts and ideas, introverts need to have enough time to think things through until they are satisfied with their final answer before sharing.

Stick to Relevant Information In Conversations

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If you want your boss to come to you as a resource or a source of help for a project or decision, it is essential to show that you can be focused and stick to the point of a conversation. Give up details that are pertinent when discussing a subject with your boss, but do not overwhelm the conversation by straying off topic, or giving too many details where it becomes difficult to wrap things up.

Introverts do like to hear all the necessary details about a subject so that they can think things over and make an eventual decision or summation. However, introverts will be turned off if they find whoever they are talking to are continually injecting irrelevant information to boost their image, distract, or some other time-wasting reason.

Find Common Ground

You must remind yourself that even though you are in a professional working relationship with your boss as an employee, you are both still human beings.

Breaking the ice in conversations, or getting to know more about your boss is easier if you can uncover common ground.

Show genuine interest in topics that are being discussed at work, whether it involves a current project to increase the company profits, or your boss decides to ask your opinion on something. The most important thing is to take advantage of an opening when it presents itself, as introverted leaders may often be found silently pondering their next move while tucked away in their office, and less likely to be overly chatty.

When you do discover things that you share in common with the boss, do not become chummy too quickly, as that can arouse suspicion that you are digging for too much information. And the information that you are looking for may stray too far from anything relevant to the day-to-day operations at work.

Be mindful of the direction a conversation begins to travel, and additionally let your boss lead the conversation as they feel comfortable divulging their innermost thoughts and interests to you. For the most part, keep topics of discussion at a professional relationship level, and do not get too personal.

Build Trust Slowly

A boss who is an introvert is not one to trust too quickly. After all, it is easy to get burned by others or have personal information used against you. That being said, in order to win over a boss who is an introvert, you will want to prove yourself trustworthy.

Practice being forthright and honest about your intentions while at work, and make it a point to ask for feedback about your actions and productivity at work. A boss who is introverted will appreciate your interest in getting an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses at work, as it shows that you are involved in your work and care about improving.

It also pays to be helpful and to be a resource for a boss who leans to the introverted side of the personality spectrum. An introverted person naturally keeps to themselves, but only wants to put their trust in people and things that prove their usefulness and will not fail often.

Taking huge risks can be difficult when you are an introvert. Eventually, by successfully meeting the requirements of goals given to you by your boss, or seeking out tasks to complete that are helpful to improving the success of the company, a relationship with the boss can blossom.

If you are in need of a recommendation letter upon eventually departing your company, you'll be more likely to find that the boss you have worked so hard to curry favor with will be more than happy to oblige.

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