6 Things That Can Make All the Difference in Your Next Job Interview

TIME

First impressions matter even more than you think. They’re the most important part of any job interview. And once they’re set, they are very hard to resist. Optimize first impressions from the outset by framing the conversation with a few well-rehearsed sentences regarding how you want to be perceived. This will end up being the structure the other person forms their memories around.

Your handshake, body language and appearance all matter. In fact, the weather matters.

If you have the option, schedule it earlier in the day. People prefer things that are first and are more likely to say “yes” to things when they don’t have a lot of things going on.

Getting the interviewer to explain why they wanted to bring you in is a good persuasion technique.

A course that was successful in making managers more charismatic focused on these techniques:

  • framing…

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Graduation

So guess what everyone??? I’m GRADUATING. I can’t believe it. I found out last Tuesday. I thought I still had to be here for a couple more quarters but I guess I don’t. I thought I would until at least December ’15 .

I know that sounds confusing, graduating is an elaborate process. Here is how it works is as follows: there is one graduation ceremony. a year. Let’s take this school year as an example. If you are finishing all of your courses during Winter ’14, Spring’15, Summer ’15 or Fall ’15 you qualify to walk in the Spring 2015 graduation ceremony. So basically I thought I  had until December to finish my courses.  Now I will be finishing 6 months early. In June.

Any who, so now I’m freaking out. I thought I had a while to figure it out. I thought I  had over a year. Not 7 months. What am I going to do? I don’t know how other people do the whole spontaneous things. I’m a planner. I can’t just move to China, or Chicago or whatever. I need to know how I’m going to be able to feed myself. And clothe myself. The point is. I don’t have a clue what to do.

I’ve known what was going to happen since 2009. I would graduate high school, then go to PCC (community college) and then I would transfer to a university (turns out it was CSULA) and then … THEN WHAT?!? I mean it took forever to be able to get out of PCC, because classes were so difficult to get. Then, I get here and I just get it done. I got the classes. I did well. And now I can see the finish line. It was just 4 months ago that I was sitting at PCC’s commencement.

So what to do now… I have my job basically secured as long as I’m a student at CSULA. This means I will most likely be unemployed starting mid-June for the first time in over 3 years.

Do I get a new job?

Do I apply to Grad school?

Do I move?

Do I travel?

Do I even  want to go to a Grad school not in LA?

What do I want my Master’s Degree in?

All of this is going through my mind right now. I don’t know what to do. I need opinions. I need help. Ideas? I’ll keep you posted.

School started…

Ok, so I finally started school last Thursday. Yes, Thursday. There is a reason for this apparently. It’s because we are missing a Thursday class for Thanksgiving.

Anywho… So school is pretty great. I love being a Senior. I know so many people on campus now. I’m thinking of joining a Society for Communication majors. Sooo excited. I love taking classes in my major. I’m done with all the stupid classes {they call them General Education} haha.

All my classes seem to be pretty interesting. Unfortunately I’m taking a freshman class that wasn’t offered at my Community College before I transferred here. The rest of my classes are (1) 300 classes {upper division, junior level} and (2) 400 classes {senior level}. My professors are really interesting. That’s the thing about taking classes in your own major. Your professors are super into the subject. They love talking about their subjects. They KNOW their subjects. It’s so great!

I’ve been going crazy though. I’ve been at school an average of 10 hours a day. Between work, classes, going to the gym and studying. OH YEAH. I started going to the gym! I’m already dying from being so sore.

Honestly, I know that I have a lot on my plate between reading 30+ pages a day for each class, plus studying, going to class, going to work and TRYING to have a social life and a family life.

I’ve honestly not seen my family at all. The friends that I HAVE seen are the ones I’ve seen in between running from class to work or vice-versa. So, sorry if I haven’t seen you yet. I’m sorry. Text. Call. Snap. etc (:

All in all, I’m happy. I’m really happy. I love having my whole day planned. I’m excited for this quarter.

That’s my recap for this week, even though it’s only Wednesday. xoxo ❤

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