Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job (or More Sales)

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If you’re landing job interviews or given opportunities to present a marketing pitch, but you don’t land the job or close the deal, it may or may not be your fault. However, if it happens often enough, you might want to look at your communication skills.

For Job Interviews
1) Don’t over-pitch or over-sell yourself. Under-selling sometimes works better. It’s much like dating, either the person likes you or they don’t like you. You don’t want to try too hard to persuade someone to like you. So relax! Your record speaks for itself. This gets easier as you have more a record to show. When you’re fresh out of college/ university, this is harder to do.

2) Skip all the cliches. People use cliches because they don’t know what to talk about. You know what they are, “I’m highly motivated. I’m willing to learn anything. I can use Word, PowerPoint, Excel.” Do you really know the company and its vision? Do they know what they want? If so, talk about why they’re great. If not, why are you at the interview?

3) If you have to boast, let others do it for you. Don’t say unless asked, “I achieved these sale results, I can perform this task, etc.” Instead tell the interviewer, “People seek me to solve this problem (e.g. fixing their computers, cars, plumbing). If you need this problem solved, I’m the man or woman for you.” If you don’t fix problems, there is no reason to hire you.

If you have achieved something impressive, don’t say, “I’m the best or the top.” Instead say, “My school, university or company recognized me with such and such award.” “My book is now on the New Yorks Times bestseller list or is being used as a standard manual for teachers, missionaries, social marketers, etc.” God wants you to be fully employed and productive! Don’t let communication skills hinder you!

What to do while you are looking for a job or in transition?
Don’t spend 8 hours a day searching the internet.

1) Get out more. Go to church regularly. Go to life group or cell group more. Why? Because you’ll meeting employed people who can refer you to their bosses or companies. Make friends in church, don’t just show up.

2) Volunteer. Ask what you can do to serve your church while you have the extra time. Don’t squander precious time. When you get an interview, they will ask what you have been doing. If you’ve been surfing the internet for 8 months, that won’t sound as good as you’ve been volunteering in the multimedia team or children’s ministry. You might end up getting a job in child care or a technology firm. Your volunteer experience will give you new skills and be valuable to you and your future employer.

Matthew 6:33 says if you seek FIRST the kingdom of God… all these things will be ADDED to you – that includes interviews, jobs and business opportunities! Put His business first, and He’ll put your business first.

COMMENT PLEASE: Did I miss some good tips for job interviews?
What other communication lesson has proven effective for you?

  • trotaire

    Thanks! I'm going to reword my resume and cover letter from ur points!

  • Joelle

    This blog is really valuable for most of us looking for a job or transition to another company. Am glad I've read this before actually looking for a job . It made me realise that I have some adjustments to make in my thinking . Thank you Ps Steve.

  • XTP

    This is really true and helpful. Thanks for sharing this with us on your blog!

  • Min

    I think it is very practical advice and I got the manager’s position after applying the advice. Thank God and Ps Steve.

  • http://www.proverbs31-woman.com/ Kathie

    I’m always encouraging people to volunteer for things to build up their skills and showcase their abilities.  Great tips.

    • http://Cioccolanti.org/ Steve Cioccolanti

      This comment on “Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job” means a lot coming from @Kathiemt:twitter  ~ who’s a virtual assistant expert.

  • http://Cioccolanti.org/ Steve Cioccolanti

    Pray you get the job of your dreams soon! 

  • http://au.linkedin.com/pub/ivan-widjaja/50/824/67 IJW

    Yes, I agree with Steve. Communication skills are indeed important in landing a job. Though God’s favor does play a bigger role, for instance, some employers may desperate in getting someone to fill a position or being interviewed by inexperience (freshly graduate) HR whom may give some leniency and overlook the applicant’s shortcomings. Nevertheless, we also have our part to do our best naturally in maximizing the opportunity, such as in preparing cover letter, resume (CV) and interview skills. The goal of RESUME (CV) is to get an INTERVIEW. The goal of INTERVIEW is to land on the JOB.

    Recently I had graduated from Speechcraft workshop held by Toastmasters International. It is a great intense workshop for someone like myself who needs help in improving communication skills. It focuses in all arena of communications: Organizing Speech, Body Gestures, Vocal Variety, Using Words, Visual Aids, etc and the most useful of all is the Impromptu Speeches which benefit during Interviews. Although communication skill is a life-time learning skill, it certainly has given me the foundation or standard to work on and indeed has improved my level of confidence. I would certainly recommend it to those who need help. Toastmasters club are available internationally & locally in your area.

    I agree with Steve on how he says “If you have to boast, let others do it for you”. I think it would be a silly move for someone during interview to suddenly burst out saying “I’m the best”. A good resume should already describe your achievements and key strengths. You don’t need to say it out loud. But in the interview, if you need to again impressive your potential employer, you could blend your skills when answering Behavioral Questions. In answering those Behavioral Questions, it should be structurally sound: Situation, Action & Result (SAR). Make sure mentioning the keywords that they are wanting to hear, for instance, if in the ads they are looking for problem-solving skill then in your (A)ction, you should mention the method of solving the problem. Don’t forget to summarize with the (R)esult because most people would just able to listen the FIRST part and the LAST but feel lost in the middle.

    Great news, last week I was just being offered a job! Thank God for that!

    • http://Cioccolanti.org/ Steve Cioccolanti

      Congrats on graduating from Toastmasters’ Speechcraft! I’m sure you have a lot more to share that would help those seeking a job.
      And congrats on the new job, too!

  • Pastor David Lee, Maranatha@sg

    Thank you for your gems of wisdom on real practical issues Christians face everyday. This blog is a great idea and will be a blessing to many followers. Rev Dr David Lee, Maranatha@sg.

    • http://Cioccolanti.org/ Steve Cioccolanti

      You’re most welcome. I’ll keep more coming!

      Till we visit Singapore next time, stay blessed :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiko.arakawa Kiko Arakawa

    I have never seen advice like this, although I had a bit of research for job hunting. I am blessed :-) Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiko.arakawa Kiko Arakawa

     I have never red advice like this, though I went through some coaching with others with job hunting. I am blessed! Thank you Ps Steve!

    • http://Cioccolanti.org/ Steve Cioccolanti

      The Word of God is worth more than gold.
      The Wisdom of God is worth more than all education/ seminars/ coaching people pay for. God’s advice is so practical, and all for free… The only price is His presence.