Take Your Job Search Out of This World

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The uncertainty of a job search can feel like diving into outer space. New things are constantly discovered and you don’t know what you are going to learn next. Every company and position you are interested in has their own unique qualities, much like every planet has its own atmosphere and gravitational force, but you can take some lessons from the final frontier by looking at how NASA scientists and others around the world are approaching their unknown.

Know What You’re Looking For – How to Live on Mars
When we first started exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover no one knew exactly what to expect. But scientists set goals for the Rover to make the most of the mission. When you are heading in for an interview you might be distracted by the excitement of the new company and potential of a new position, but it is important to stay goal-focused. While the Curiosity is looking for signs of water and elements to the atmosphere, you can look for things that you know are important to you. Make a list of important elements like cultural fit, technology tools or languages, or the in-office perks that are becoming increasingly more important to job seekers and explore the possibilities through the questions you ask in the interview.

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Power Up! Boost Your Interview Confidence

MightyMorphinPowerRangersJob interviews are about making a great first impression – which means they can be extremely nerve-racking, and nerves can easily sabotage your chances to shine. Luckily, there are two quick and easy ways to psych up before the interview. Take a cue from your childhood heroes, the Power Rangers, and train your mind and body to turn those insecurities into assured confidence. It’s morphin’ time!

Strike a power pose
Striking a “high-power” pose for two minutes has been proven to produce less cortisol (the stress hormone) and more testosterone (the dominance hormone); “low-power” poses produce the opposite effect. In a study by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, participants who adopted high-power poses before a simulated interview performed significantly better than those who adopted low-power poses. In other words, she found that “faking” confidence leads to actual confidence.

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References Done Right: How to Compile the Best List

job referencesCompiling good references the right way can mean the difference between getting your foot in the door of your dream job and having it shut in front of you. Job references can offer valuable insight into a candidate’s character and work style. According to CareerBuilder, 80 percent of hiring employers do contact listed references — yet many job seekers continue to neglect their importance. 3 in 5 employers reported hearing negative feedback about candidates when they contacted their references, and nearly 30 percent have caught fake ones. While the weight placed on references during the hiring process varies from company to company, job seekers should not take any chances on potential career opportunities. Consider the following when making your list:

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