Think about facilitating your change of job

Your career objectives just now may be to overcome difficult times and find a new way forward. Changing jobs is no longer just a challenge, it has practically become a science.

When we think about a new job, in general terms we should reflect on two objective aspects:

1. To what extent the environment has contributed to our current situation;

2. To what extent WE have contributed, or not contributed, to change this situation.

Without doubt, the current climate is far from favorable. At the end of 2016, Brazil’s unemployment figures reached record levels, rising to 12 million people for the first time, a jobless rate of 11.8%.

With scarce opportunities, it is natural that the competition for jobs has become more acute, even for professionals with technical qualifications.

Each day I meet people who think they are ready for a move, but who show clear signs to the contrary. Think about it, because this is an ideal time for a close look at the way we are communicating, how we are positioning ourselves and, most of all, how the market sees us.

This is an essential investment for anyone, but especially for those who are not used to being in this situation, which may well be an uncomfortable one.

DON’T OVER ESTIMATE YOUR MEMORY. Nothing is easier than talking about yourself. Or is it? We rarely recall in detail moments in our professional careers that have made a difference. Reliving some experiences and achievements is fundamental for preparing for an interview, in particular when the interviewer uses skills techniques.

BUILD SPATIAL EMPATHY. When we enter the interview room, we are inevitably dealing with an important aspect of social behavior: distance. This will be a determining factor in building up intimacy, empathy, and will directly affect the result of your conversation. Recruitment and selection professionals are usually trained in proxemic communication. Take advantage of what one of these professionals can teach you about getting your position and interaction right in the interview room.

OWN WHAT YOU SAY. Often, we are so anxious about the situation that we lose our train of thought and end up creating personalities and ideas that aren’t our own. Take responsibility for what you have to say and make it fit your reality, your past, your truth. Structure it as if you were telling a story. There are any number of easy and practical exercises and role-plays that make us more at ease with ourselves, with our story. This creates confidence, credibility, and depth.

LESS IS MORE. A concise, structured presentation with short examples is music to the ears of your interviewer. Don’t give out everything at once. This way you will make the interviewer curious, and it will lead to questions and exchanges which will make the conversation go well. Similarly, if you stick to the most important facts and present them succinctly, an objective interviewer, or one whose time is short, will thank you. Try to get in synch with the interviewer and manage your time. Talk to a market professional and identify the examples and achievements that will be most likely to raise questions and interest.

END ON A POSITIVE NOTE. This technique is fundamental when the interviewer appears to have little knowledge of your area or to be poorly prepared for the interview. Make sure that the essence of what you say is absorbed. In these cases, at the end of each item talk about the results that your project or activity achieved. You can be sure that the interviewer will want to find out more and this will give your presentation more value.

Self-knowledge and repetition create confidence and credibility. Investing in the development of certain skills will bring surprising results. Pay more attention to form and the way you present your message. The results will show a positive difference.