“Flexibility”: how many times have you heard this word about job careers? Yeah, many. But that’s how workers have to be nowadays, due to the crisis and to the always more fast-flowing and changeable market. So, how to survive and get a good job today?
“Do you think the crisis ended up all job opportunities? That’s not right. It has actually created new ones“, declares Domenico Di Gravina, CEO of management of human resources company Articolo 1, who held a seminary at university La Sapienza for the cycle I Professionisti della Moda together with luxury and fashion division manager Gabriela Di Mase. “That’s why it becomes really important to be able to adapt oneselves to different situations, and to accept jobs at the beginning even pretty different from our intentions. Real talents never get ignored, and if you start working from the lower step, you’ll became more and more expert in you job every time you get promoted. Did you know that in Louis Vuitton most of the managers started as salesman?”. Mrs. Di Mase agrees: “actually in luxury fashion there are many vacant positions in retail sector“.
DOs and DON’Ts
BEFORE the interview
1. Update your resume: no lies (at least no BIG lies…! Don’t declare you speak chinese fluently if you don’t), highlight your best skills and those which suit the job you’re demanding
2. Get as much informations on the company as you can: you don’t want to go there and be catched unprepared.
3. Think about something you’d like to ask about the company or the job: show them your interest
4. Prepare a good Cover Letter: it’s really important to show your interest in the job explaining why you want it so much, as well as why you’re ‘The Man’ for it. As Gabriela Di Mase suggests: “Talk about yourself, about your personality and the skills you didn’t mention in your resume. The Cover Letter is essential to understand better a person: often it matters between equal candidates”.
AT the interview:
1. Arrive on time. Don’t be late for any reason! It would only affect yourself, ‘stealing’ time from you to make a good impression.
2. Don’t talk bad neither complain about your last work/boss/co-workers. It’s really not fair neither professional, and it makes the interviewer think you could talk bad about the company, once you’d leave it.
3. Don’t underline your shortcomings and bad qualities, but your abilities and good points. If you’re cathced in trouble with a particular question or with the interviewer making you notice something bad about you, try to make the most of the situation (ex. you said you speak spanish in your resume but you don’t, and the interviewer starts to speak in spanish; try to say something in any case, launch yourself into it: it’ll at least show your boldness and problem solving skills)
4. Ask many questions on your job and the company, show your interest as already said. But don’t ask anything about money at once: sow them you want the job for it’s sake, for the passion you fell for it, and not only for the money.
5. Think about something positive when being asked how can you imagine yourself in 5, 10, 20 years. Think about prestigious positions you’d like to get, and try to explain what would be better with your intervention.
6. Remember: you’re talking to another person, with vices and virtues just as you. Don’t bore or annoy him/her, and try not to be intimidated.
7. Be yourself. Don’t act like somebody else: truth is always the best answer.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Well, that’s not that difficult apart from what most of people imagine. It surely depends on the job required, of course – be elegant for a job in a company or a bank, be ‘easy’ for working as a salesman or a waiter, or anywhere like a gym, a primary school, a ballet/music school or to work with animals).
You’ll never fail going simple and elegant: a plain white or pale shirt linen, in cotton or silk, with a dark simple male tailleur (I suggest plain tube pants right upon the ankle, or a slighty tight skirt longer a bit longer than the knee to make legs seem longer). Ballerina flat shoes or pumps with a reasonable heel (between 2 and 7 cm), possibly without plateau. Simple accessories, like pearl earrings or with simple pendants, hair neatly combed and a light makeup (concealer, foundation, powder, a touch of blush, a thin brown line around the eyes and a finish of brown or black mascara).
For men it’s simpler: suit and tie (please: 3 botton siut, the last unbottoned, plain shirt and a thick tie that shouldn’t ouch your belt. Coloures matched, of course!). Here’s an example I had fun to make through Looklet:
Well, suggestions are far more than these, but this is a quite good synthesis of the most important tricks. I leave you with a video from EngVid (I personally ADORE Ronnie! She’s so funny and so incredibly good at teaching, perfecty clear. Take a look and you’ll see)
Stay tuned for other tricks later on! And…GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR JOB INTERVIEW!