Wearing Masks: 3 Ways Acting Natural Will Help Your Career
By Jason Reed
I want to talk with you about masks. We all wear them. Sometimes they're appropriate (it's October, after all!), while other times they only serve to get in the way. A lot of times we wear masks during our job search. Some feel they need to hide who they are on their resume in order to land a job. In reality, these masks will only serve to hinder the job search. Recruiters can also wear masks. Some staffing companies feel they need to sugar coat jobs in order to entice candidates to apply. Again, this is detrimental.
Let's take a look at three makes people wear during the job search process:
Mask 1: Recruiters
Talking to a recruiter can be intimidating at times. And recruiters can, and often do, wear masks to try to sell you a job. Here at M Force, we strive to be genuine in all we do. We care about relationships, and it's important to us that those relationships are build on mutual best interest. It's our job to give you a clear and honest take on the job you're interested in. So don't be afraid to ask your recruiter tough, honest questions about their job. We promise that here at M Force, we'll always give you honest answers.
Mask 2: Interviews and Resumes
I talk with a lot of people who feel they need to put on a mask during their interview. There is no reason to do that. The client or hiring manager knows what you can do, including your qualifications and education. They WANT to interview you to get to know YOU. They want to know what you can bring to their company in terms of culture and attitude as well as technical expertise. So remember to take off that make before you step into an interview. Don't be afraid to be yourself!
Mask 3: Your New Job
People naturally gravitate toward wanting to fit in. This is sometimes the case when you start a new job, with new bosses and new coworkers. It's only natural! But don't forget, you got the job because of your personality, character and unique experience. Don't be afraid to be that person! Company culture is such a huge part of the hiring process that you can rest assured that your new boss is confident that you will fit in!
So the next time your looking for a new job, speaking with a recruiter, or preparing for a big job interview, don't be afraid to save the mask for Halloween!