Starting a new job makes you feel little scary. Whether you came direct from college or have been in the workforce for 20 years, entering into a new work environment is little different can make you feel as if you’ve stepped foot on another planet. In order to succeed, both socially and professionally, you’re expected to learn the lingo, follow the dress code, and pick up on the acceptable behaviors . That’s a whole lot to do without help.

Identify your skill sets

Many people start searching their job by looking at the job titles that sound most fitting to their career goals. While this method may prove to be successful for some people, career experts suggests job seekers look at the required skills of a position instead. By doing this, employees will be able to identify the skill sets they already possess and the jobs that best match their experiences.

Keep Up Your Looks, Your Spirits, Your Energy

Stay fit – exercise enough to sleep well, have plenty of energy and stay healthy. Control your weight. If stress is a problem in your life or your work, make changes. Don’t hover between a rock and hard place; figure out a better spot and move toward it –even it it’s a lateral move. Avoid unnecessary financial stress, which usually boils down to: Live enough below your means to prevent financial problems, build up an emergency fund and set aside regular savings for future goals and needs.

Prepare behavioural responses

Interviewers often ask behavioural interview questionsto the employees about how you dealt with situations in the past. The theory behind behavioural interviews asked is that ‘how you behaved in the past, is how you are likely to behave in the future’. To answer impressively you need to think of examples when you have performed well in your last few roles, so you are prepared for their questions. Questions are often about initiative, adding value, managing difficult situations, working in a team or demonstrating leadership.  Read the advertisement or job description and prepare for the behaviours they want in the role. This means when they ask you a question, you can easily provide a relevant example

The famous handshake

It’s difficult to believe that a firm handshake makes that much of a difference at interview, but it does.  The importance of a firm handshake is even greater for women, so avoid wimpy handshakes. Rightly or wrongly it gives a negative impression and can immediately adversely influence the interviewer’s perception of you.

Save the best job listings for future reference

Even after you’ve submitted your application for a job, you should still copy and paste or print the job listing for future reference. With many employers removing a position once they’ve received enough applicants, saving a job description can help you prepare for an interview when you want to look back on the qualifications needed.

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