7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Candidates

7 Habits of Highly Effective Job CandidatesWith everyone relying on the internet for information it's not a suprise that there's a lot of good and bad advice that people follow. This is why there are people who also have an easier time when they're looking for a job.

Over the years, I've coached and otherwise helped many hundreds of folks find and land their dream jobs. Along the way, I've noticed that there are certain traits that the most successful candidates shared which helped them elevate themselves amongst there competition.

Here are the 7 habits of highly effective job candidates.
#1 -- They had a clear sense of focus. They knew what they wanted, they knew where they were heading, and they knew why.
#2 -- They stayed away from "shiny objects" (e.g. that "chocolate bar" resume I showed you the other week).
#3 -- They had a realistic and objective sense of what they, as a job candidate, did and did not bring to the table. (In other words, they knew how to play to their strengths and work around their weaknesses, rather than simply bury their head in the sand and deny them.)

#4 -- They had resilience. Negative feedback didn't throw them off track or crush their confidence. Rather, it made them more determined.
#5 -- They had what psychologists call an "internal locus of control", with regards to the application process. In other words, they chose to focus on the aspects of the game they could influence or control, and to not dwell on or stay bitter about setbacks they could do nothing about.
#6 -- They weren't constrained by "the system". They took advantage of opportunities to go through the side door, or bend the rules in their favor, or go outside the traditional "public" jobs market.
#7 -- They were coachable -- i.e. willing to ask others for help, and open to feedback, new ideas, and new perspectives.
Those are the seven traits in a sentence or two. I hope you learn a thing or two from these and start applying them if you’re currently looking for a job. These will definitely help you get noticed and find the job you want.
I wanted to give you a quick overview today. Over the next week or so, I'm going to expand on each one and offer practical tips and suggestions on how you can make these seven habits a cornerstone of your success.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.