14 Moves That’ll Make You Happier at a Job You Hate

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It’s easy to tell someone else to quit a job that makes them miserable. But when it’s your job (and your livelihood on the line), it’s not always so straightforward. Maybe you recently moved into a new apartment, or signed a contract that literally says you can’t bolt for a certain amount of time, or just started a few weeks ago. It sucks, and trust me, I’ve been there.

Even though every minute you spend at your desk makes you want to scream, there are a few ways you can make the workday a little more bearable if you’re stuck at your job. Here are a few things you can try this week:

1. Listen to Something That Gets You Pumped Up

Sounds corny? Tell that to my running playlist, which I listen to even when I’m not working out. If you’re nodding your head to a pump-up song when you arrive at work, you’re doing something right.

2. Make Yourself Breakfast

Work is hard enough, but it’s only more miserable when you can’t find the time to eat breakfast. Make yourself something before you head out the door, even if it means waking up a few minutes earlier.

3. Watch the News

I never thought I’d say this, but I watch the news every single morning. Sometimes it makes me smile, and other times I see something that makes me want to crawl back into bed. But it gets me thinking about something other than work, which I think is incredibly helpful.

And if the news isn’t for you, try a podcast.

4. Make Your Bed

A retired Army general suggested that making your bed is the ideal way to start your morning. It’s a small task, but it’ll make you feel accomplished and set you up to tackle everything else on your plate.

5. Get Away From Your Desk for Lunch

Seriously, put time on your schedule to get up. And then actually get up when it’s time.

Can’t do that? Treat yourself to a lunch you actually look forward, whether that’s delivery or something you pack. (And for your convenience, we have 52 lunch recipes for you!)

6. Seek Out a Project That’ll Make You Happy

Chances are that you don’t hate everything about your job. Find the one thing you’re actually excited about. And once you’ve gotten everything urgent out of the way, turn your attention to the thing you want to do.

Don’t have a project that makes you happy? Pitch it to your boss (here’s how). Not sure what would make you happy? Fill out this finding your passion worksheet.

7. Give Yourself Social Media Breaks

I’m not suggesting that you waste all of your time on puppy GIFs and your friends’ gossip, but go ahead and block out some time to space out for a few minutes. I know how hard it is to give yourself this permission, but unless your boss is a complete monster, chances are that he’s doing the same—even if it’s not on his calendar.

8. Text Someone You Care About

My closest friends and I are all in different cities, so we use an app to update each other on life things…and tell bad jokes. And when you’re miserable at your job, those moments can be a lifesaver.

9. Leave When You Know You Can Leave

I know it’s not possible to leave at 5 PM every night (or, ever). But when you’ve wrapped up everything you needed to do, go ahead and get the heck out of the office. And if you’re staying late all the time, create a calendar event for each weeknight to remind you to leave.

10. Take Your Work Email Off Your Phone

I’ve never reported to a boss who said that checking email on the weekends was required. So if your manager doesn’t mandate this, don’t do it to yourself. Looking at your inbox during your free time will only build up stress for the upcoming Monday.

And if your boss still sends weekend emails, check out these templates to get her to stop.

11. Write Out What You Dislike About Your Job

Sometimes there’s so much wrong with your work situation that it all gets jumbled together into one big mess. But writing out exactly what you dislike can help guide how you move forward.

Don’t like talking to customers? You’ll know that your next search (whenever you decide you can start it) should probably focus on jobs that would take you away from those kinds of roles, rather than putting you into another one.

12. Build Your Quitting Timeline

Want to quit your job? You’re not alone. But you can set yourself apart by simply writing down an action plan to quit.

If you have a contract, confirm your end-date and create a quitting timeline around it. But if you’re at-will, figure out when you want to leave and design your to-do list around that date. More importantly, make sure you’re doing something every weekend to achieve it.

13. Learn Something New

This tip has two parts. For your next job, figure out if there are any skills that you’d need to be an even stronger candidate. Then, research and practice the heck out of those things. Your work might not manifest itself in a new role ASAP, but this is a great way to stick to your established quitting timeline.

But also, don’t be afraid to do something fun for yourself. In the past, I’ve taken my crappy jobs as reasons for learning how to cook new things. It might be a different hobby for you, and that’s totally OK. Find something that relaxes you, and give yourself the freedom to learn it.

14. Reach Out to People in Your Network (and Tell Them About Your Plans)

I know—weekends, right? Can you think of any time that’s less ideal for networking?

Well, unless your miserable job is to sit around searching for a new gig, you probably can’t dedicate a lot of hours to searching during the week. So, set aside a little time on the weekend to write those networking emails you want to write. That way, when you’re ready to really kick off the search, you won’t have to re-activate your network.

Oh, and if you’re afraid of getting lost in the shuffle, save your drafts and schedule them to go out on Monday morning instead.

If I had a cure for the way you feel about work, I’d ask for your mailing address and send it to you right this second. But unfortunately, that’s just not realistic. Still, a few simple tweaks to your approach can make you feel a little less anxious about being stuck at a bad job.

Your work might be miserable, but that doesn’t mean every second of your day has to be, too.

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There’s One Question That Will Help You Figure Out Your Career Path

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Stop (really stop) and consider this question: Why do you go to work every day?

Maybe it’s because you enjoy your coworkers, feel a pleasant challenge in the work you perform, or that you believe in your company’s mission. Or is it simply to bring home a paycheck?

Are you happy with your answer? I hope you are.

But if you aren’t, why not consider making some changes to feel more fulfilled? If you’re not sure how that’s done, we have a great example of someone who drove her career forward in multiple ways, including a new role and the opportunity to marry her personal values with her company’s.

And now, she’s so satisfied in her role that she commutes two hours each way. Every. Day.

Meet Laine Hoggan, Proud 4-Hour Commuter

“I don’t ever see myself leaving this company. I believe in the mission and the people I work with, and I enjoy my autonomy when it comes to side projects.”

That’s Laine. She commutes to work each day for multiple reasons: the positive mission that resonates with her values, her joy in what she does, and because she personally makes a difference there. Who else do you know (yourself included) who will confidently say that they don’t ever see themselves leaving their current company—because they’re so happy?

Yes, Laine did land at a company aligned with her goals and values. That helps, but she also worked hard, stuck her head out, and raised her hand multiple times to get where she is today. If you want to sound more like Laine when you talk about your job, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Identify Your Values and Passions (Career-Related or Otherwise)

While she’s currently a recruiter at Booking.com, Laine started out as an account manager. She earned a promotion to take on a bigger market, but she soon realized that continuing on this path would mean relocating, maybe multiple times.

Laine loved where she lived in the Pacific Northwest. She’s also passionate about social issues, and thought she might like help shape Booking.com’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

So she spoke up. “I wanted a bigger challenge and didn’t want to move to follow my role,” Laine says.

Step 2: Explore How to Follow Your Passions Where You Are

Laine decided to pursue a full-time CSR role. Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen, but that didn’t stop her. Instead, she got creative and asked about project work she could help with. Within three weeks she landed a temporary stint on the CSR team and even travelled to Amsterdam, the company’s headquarters, multiple times as part of the deal.

She also gained the opportunity to make positive changes in the company that aligned with her values. She’s an active contributor to BookingCares, a CSR program which aims to make a constructive impact in Booking.com’s shared and loved destinations. And since then, her experience in CSR helped her co-create the company’s Women’s Empowerment Group, start local Lean-In chapters, launch a green initiative to make global offices more environmentally-friendly, and begin a mentorship program for North America.

Step 3: Decide If You’d Rather Do Something Else

It’s not a requirement that you put on blinders and steadily follow your current career path. Keep your eyes open for other types of work that may play to your strengths and that you’d enjoy. Laine started out as an account manager, but after wrapping up her temporary CSR role, she didn’t return to that path. She naturally leaned toward helping people make connections and find work they loved, so she pursued a new route as a recruiter.

Fortunately, Laine works for a company that encourages employees to follow their interests—even if means changing their roles.

“At Booking.com we have a bias toward insourcing, so I’ve seen many people change roles,” she says. “There’s a lot of opportunity to alter careers and change locations here.” She also points out that Booking.com believes in the power of curiosity and experimentation, so its employees can more easily embrace opportunities to explore and expand their experience.

Step 4: Determine if Your Current Company’s Culture Fits You

Do steps 1-3 sound plausible to you where you are? If they do, then you’re likely in a great spot. Work from there to go in the direction that will fulfill you.

If you’re feeling discouraged, though, because you want to take this advice but doubt you can at your current company, then maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.

When researching other employers, look for companies that give their employees autonomy to follow their professional goals while integrating personal values. And explore whether companies are open to change. Laine says that Booking.com, for instance, thrives on change, empowers employees, and invests in their development. And the company’s leaders encourage employees at all levels to share their perspectives and continue learning and growing professionally.

So, do you know why you go to work every day? Do you believe in your role and the company you work for? If not, maybe it’s time to make some changes.

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How to Knock Your Next Interview Out of the Park

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Give your interviewer a firm handshake. Make eye contact. Answer each question succinctly. Have questions to ask the interviewer at the end.

If you’ve had a job, then you’ve had an interview, and you likely know those interview essentials and these interview questions.

But if you want to move from being a viable candidate to the hiring manager’s top choice, you’ll need to go well beyond the basics. While the way you dress and present yourself is important, it will be the substance of your responses and interactions that leave the interviewer picturing you in the role—and, more importantly, being unable to imagine that anyone else could be a better fit.

Convey these four messages in your next interview, and you’re sure to hit a home run.

1. You Were Indispensable in Your Previous Jobs

Hiring managers want to hire people who have a history of getting things done. The logic goes that if you were successful in other jobs, then you’re likely to be successful in this one. Truly, nothing says “hire me” better than a track record of achieving amazing results in past jobs.

So, your first task in the interview is to describe how indispensable you were in your previous position. Now, you can’t just say, “I was the best Junior Analyst they’d ever seen, and the place will never be the same now that I’m gone”—you have to show the interviewer by providing specific examples of the actions you took and what results came because of them.

These are two of the four components of the S-T-A-R method for responding to interview questions. To use this method, set up the situationand the task that you were required to complete to provide the interviewer with background context (e.g., “In my last job as a Junior Analyst, it was my role to manage the invoicing process”), but spend the bulk of your time describing what you actually did (the action) and what you achieved (the result).

“In one month, I streamlined the process, which saved my group 10 man-hours each month and reduced errors on invoices by 5%.”

Don’t worry that someone else could have done it if they were in your position—they weren’t. It was your job, your actions, your results.

2. You Will Be Awesome in This New Job

Unfortunately, success in one role doesn’t necessarily translate to being a fit in another role—and to convince the interviewer that you’ll be able to hit the ground running and be awesome in the new job, you must explain how your skills translate. In particular, you want to highlight those skills that specifically address the issues that the hiring manager is facing.

To understand those issues, conduct industry research prior to the interview. Are there certain themes that come up again and again in job descriptions in your field, like being a shark at sales or a detail-oriented perfectionist? Also, listen closely to what the interviewer is asking—often, she’ll ask leading questions or share challenges that others before you have had in the role.

For example, say the interviewer asks, “We have tight deadlines and have to turn around our projects quickly. Can you work under time pressure?”

Don’t just say yes—give a response that showcases your skills and how they’d transfer, like: “Absolutely. In my last job, we often had short deadlines. I was great at managing these situations because I focused on consistent communication with the team, and used my organization skills to stay on top of everything we had going on.” Then, provide a specific example.

3. You’re the Perfect Fit for This Job

Companies have interview guidelines designed to hire the most qualified employees based on experience and aptitude, but let’s be honest: Often a big factor is likability.

Hiring managers don’t generally hire people that they don’t connect or vibe with. Of course, they don’t often say that—they cloak it in statements like, “She’s smart, but I just don’t think that she is the right fit for the role.” But the truth is, you won’t get hired if you’re not liked.

So, to get the job, you must connect with the interviewer. I’m not suggesting that you crack jokes or become buddies—but you should be confident and interact as if you’re already working together, through eye contact, active listening, smiling, and avoiding nervous laughter. I call it “relaxed formality.”

It’s an interview, so don’t get too comfortable, but try to be yourself and have a natural conversation.

4. You Really Want This Job

You’re almost there! But, it’s not enough that you’re capable of doing the job and would be pleasant to work with—you have to actually want the job. Hiring managers, after all, are looking for employees that really want to be there and will be part of the team for the long haul.

So, you want to show enthusiasm for the role. Not bouncy cheerleader “spirit,” but the type of enthusiasm that comes from understanding what the role entails, how you can add value in the role based on your previous experiences, and what new challenges it offers to you for growth and development.

Think, “One of the reasons I’m so excited about this role is because it allows me to leverage my client management skills [your expertise] with larger clients on more complex deals [the new challenge].”

And, of course, you’ll want to follow up with a genuine, seal-the-deal thank you note!

 

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707  or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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5 Simple Ways to Build Relationships That Stand the Test of Time

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There’s no question that success in business, and in life, often comes down to who you know, not what you know.

Having observed the lives of remarkably successful people, I’m convinced that creating a network of meaningful relationships is integral to their success. Deep connections allow you to create impact faster and on a larger scale.

Great networks don’t grow on trees. You can’t buy them on Amazon or find them on LinkedIn. To build the best network, you must develop meaningful relationships.

These five habits will help you foster the sort of relationships that’ll lead you to success:

1. Be Generous

The best relationships are built on a mutual desire to give value to the other person. When both parties are more focused on giving than receiving, it fosters a genuine bond that goes deeper than the value of the exchange. That bond is based on mutual trust that each of you wants what is best for the other.

Generosity takes many forms. It can be as easy as making an introduction, lending an ear, or giving the gift of your expertise.

2. Listen Well

Everyone wants to be heard and understood, which is why listening is the foundation for any meaningful relationship. Authentic listening signals that you’re genuinely interested in the other person and what he or she has to say.

Part of being a good listener is developing self-awareness and noticing if you’re truly engaged in the conversation. One of the easiest and fastest ways to be a better listener is to stop interrupting.

3. Treat Others How You Want to Be Treated

You can be as smart, talented, and ambitious as you want, but none of that matters if you have a bad reputation. Building a positive reputation takes time and is vital to building meaningful relationships. As a mentor once told me, “You only get one last name. Don’t tarnish it.”

The best way to build a stellar reputation is to consistently treat others in the same way you want to be treated. It sounds easy, but it’s surprising how few people remember this golden rule. If you need some help, focus on developing the traits of likable people. Doing so will help you to model your behavior to be aligned with the golden rule.

4. Celebrate Others’ Accomplishments

I still remember when my friend wrote me an email to congratulate me on a partnership announcement for SkyBell. It made me feel incredible, and it affirmed that part of developing strong friendships is acknowledging the accomplishments of your friends.

Become a fan for your friends when they announce big news. Even something as simple as a quick “congratulations” on social media can show others that their accomplishments don’t go unnoticed. Of course, a phone call or in-person celebration is even better.

5. Focus on Quality

No matter how hard you try, you simply can’t add more hours to your day.

This is why successful people focus on fostering a few key relationships, rather than spreading their time across as many people as possible. Quickly adding more connections might make you feel more productive, but the best networks are created through depth, not breadth.

Meaningful relationships are built with intention, sincerity, honesty, and generosity. There are no shortcuts. If you make the five habits listed in this article a way of life, you’ll build a network that fuels your professional success and adds happiness to your life.

 

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707  or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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5 Little Habits That’ll Help You Be More Active During the Workday

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How do you move your body on a daily basis? Do you have room to add more activity in your day?

Life can be a balancing act. When things get busy, regular exercise sometimes has a way of ending up on the bottom of the priority list.

So, having some quick ideas to add more movement to your schedule can make a world of difference to your health, energy, and happiness.

Here are five simple ideas and tricks to make moving easier (without sacrificing your whole day):

1. Multitask

Most of us have a number of routines in place, even if we don’t think we do. Things like brushing our teeth, bathing, driving to work—they all just sort of happen and don’t require a lot of thought or planning.

Why not multitask where we can, and add in a bit of movement to spice up our regular routines?

Here are some ideas: Do squats or standing lunges while you brush your teeth, stretch your muscles while you take a shower, contract your abs and buttocks during you commute to work, do calf raises while you wash the dishes, enjoy a walk on your lunch break.

These are just a few of the many possible ways you can get creative and move while you go about your day.

Make it be whatever works for you, and think outside of the box. Exercise doesn’t have to be reserved for the gym.

2. Set a Reminder

I love setting reminders on my phone. I have one that pops up hourly to remind me to have a glass of water.

It might also be fun to set a reminder to have a spontaneous dance party with yourself, or to get up and jog on the spot, or stretch your muscles, or hop on one foot.

Setting reminders is yours by design. You could use technology, or you could elicit the help of a friend who’ll hold you accountable and check in with you regularly.

The idea is to plan a bit ahead so you don’t have to think about it. All you need to do is be brave enough to follow through—you never know, you may start a movement in your office through your movement!

3. Visualize Being Healthy and Happy

Never underestimate the power of visualization. I love to visualize while I’m running or exercising. I imagine how good it feels to be in a fit body. Sometimes, I think about an upcoming holiday or event, and I picture myself there feeling awesome in my body and confident that I’m healthy and strong.

When we put our focus on what we want to feel like, it has a way of creating that feeling in the moment. This is such a better alternative than beating up on ourselves for not looking or feeling a certain way. Visualizing has a way of opening up our minds to the idea that it’s possible and attainable. It also helps us stay more accountable because we’re more apt to make choices that’re in line with this end feeling we’ve connected with.

So, before you drift off to sleep, think about how good it will feel to lace up your shoes in the morning and get some exercise. Imagine yourself feeling really great in your body while you’re moving, or picture yourself doing something you love while feeling really healthy and strong.

Have some fun with this practice, and see what might be stirred up within you by seeing how you most want to feel in your body.

4. Make it a Priority to Get More Sleep

A good night’s sleep makes everything feel better. When we get adequate sleep on a regular basis, we end up having more energy and motivation.

After a good night, it’s also so much easier to lace up our shoes and get moving. So, if we want to have more pep in our step, then we need to know when to say goodnight and stick to a regular routine of getting enough pillow time.

So, set an alarm for bedtime. So often, we’re programmed to set an alarm to wake up—why not set an alarm that signals it’s time for sleep? Then, remove distractions from the bedroom. Instead of using your smartphone as an alarm, invest in a good old-fashioned alarm clock. That way, you won’t be tempted to use your phone for other things (email, web browsing, social media). It’s the “out of sight, out of mind” rule in action.

Sleep is the foundation for setting ourselves up to feel good. Get back to basics and see how you feel after several nights in a row of solid, restful slumber. After being recharged, you may be surprised by how natural it feels to get moving.

5. Set an Intention

Setting an intention to do something is often the first step to getting there. With clear intention comes direction.

We can use our intention as a tool to add more movement in our day. It’s as simple as waking up in the morning and consciously setting an intention to move more. We might want to write down a few ideas in the morning of how we’ll add in more activity. Or, perhaps it may work best to say it aloud, or go back to creating reminders and incorporate our intention into the plan.

Again, this comes back to what we put our focus on. When we’re focused on an intention of moving more throughout the day, we’re more likely to choose options that will result in doing just that—like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, having a business meeting combined with a walk, or getting up for more stretch breaks throughout the day.

Be sure to create intentions that’re your own and personally meaningful, so you’re more likely to stick to them.

Ready to get moving? I know you have what it takes to squeeze it into your routine—and you won’t regret it.

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707  or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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The Surprising Secret to Interview Success—Just Be Yourself

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You put on that freshly-pressed outfit that you hardly ever wear, run through your answers to some commonly asked interview questions, and practice your friendly—yet professional—smile in the bathroom mirror. You have a job interview this afternoon, and you’re determined to knock it out of the park.

Preparing for an interview can often feel like getting ready for a theatre performance. It’s tempting to transform yourself into the person that you think the hiring manager wants you to be—whether that persona actually fits with yours or not.

Yes, you want the job—and ultimately there’s nothing wrong with adding a little polish in the attempt to impress the hiring manager. You should absolutely showcase your best self in a job interview. But, while it’s easy to think that best is the operative word in that sentence, you might want to place a little more emphasis on another: self.

Why Authenticity Matters

First things first, it’s important to recognize that “being yourself” doesn’t equate to showing up 10 minutes late and admitting that you didn’t have time to shower because you overslept. Remember, there’s a big difference between authentic and just plain unprofessional. But you shouldn’t feel overwhelming pressure to play a role.

There’s one big thing that both you and the employer are looking for during this process: a mutual fit. And, there’s no point in faking your way through a job interview only to land in a role that isn’t suited to your interests, skills, or passions. You’ll end up disappointed, and so will the company that hired you.

Being honest and letting snippets of your personality shine through—whether it’s a funny remark added to your “What’s your greatest strength” spiel or a genuine assessment of what you’re looking for in your next role—will allow both you and the employer to discern whether or not you’d make a decent match. Your authenticity will give you the opportunity to find a company and a position that falls in line with your values and goals, and vice versa.

Another reason that being up front is crucial? Put simply, the truth comes out eventually. So, if you paste on a smile and put on a show in the interest of just scoring an offer letter, you’re bound to be found out sooner rather than later.

How to Be Yourself in an Interview

You understand the importance of being yourself. But, you’re not quite sure where the line is—how personable can you be, without crossing over into unprofessional territory?

The first key is to avoid over-preparing. If you’re ready to go with dozens of canned responses in your head, you’ll run the risk of reciting them like a robot. While it’s a good idea to have a general idea of how you’d answer specific questions, there’s no need to memorize a script. Give yourself some flexibility so you can follow the flow of the conversation.

Secondly, when answering the hiring manager’s questions, work in personal anecdotes wherever possible. Whether you can mention a cause you volunteer for or even tie in a memory from your recent trip to Thailand, those little additions can reveal a lot about who you are and what you’re passionate about—without sounding like you’re blabbering about irrelevant personal factoids.

Finally, feel free to make small talk. Chat with the receptionist about the weather or strike up a friendly conversation with your interviewer while you stroll to the conference room. These sorts of pleasantries might seem insignificant, but they’re actually a great opportunity to establish rapport and loosen up a bit.

Plus, word spreads unbelievably fast in office environments. So, establishing a reputation as the candidate who held the elevator door and offered a friendly compliment will take you further than you might think.

Job interviews are nerve-wracking, and your uneasy feelings are usually enough to inspire you to take on a totally different identity—one that you’re confident will land you the job.

But, remember, holding back who you are or being dishonest about what you want out of your career won’t do you any favors in your job hunt.

So, take a deep breath and remind yourself that—as anxiety-inducing as it might seem—a job interview is really just a conversation. And, the most engaging and memorable conversations? They happen when you’re being yourself.

 

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