Mittwoch, 24. Februar 2016

The simple secret of success

Barack Obama, Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, Jack Dorsey, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Anna Wintour – what do they have in common? Obviously, they are rich, successfull and accomplished. But that’s not what we mean. It’s another small detail that could very well be their secret for success. Let’s take a look at the ways that they start their workdays!

President Barack Obama wakes up at 6:45 and until 9:00 he exercises, reads the newspapers and has breakfast with his family. After that, he goes to the Oval Office, where he is briefed on various matters by his staff.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has an early start at 3:45 and is furthermore known to send out business emails at 4:30. By the time he enters his Cupertino office at 6:30 as one of the first employees, he has already exercised, had breakfast and read the news. His predecessor Steve Jobs had similar daily schedule.

Twitter-Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey starts his day at 5:30 with a short meditation, followed by jogging and a breakfast conisisting of two hard boiled eggs. He uses the bus for his daily commute to the office, so he can witness first the ways that consumers interact with their smartphones first hand.

Lifestyle icons Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart wake up shortly after 5:00 and start working at the latest at 9:00. Every morning, they enjoy a routine of healthy food and drinks, exercises and reading the news.

Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of the American Vogue starts every day at 5:45 playing tennis at her favourite health club. Her hairstylist visits every morning to keep her signature bob in top shape. After breakfast, her driver brings her to the Vogue offices, where she starts working at 9:00 sharp.

The common denominator for all of them is that they wake up very early and hold on to established rituals that help them feel calm, safe and secure even on the stressiest of days. They allow themselves the time it takes to start their days in a structured and informed manner and to mentally prepare for all the tasks that lay ahead of them. All the while, they neither neglect their health, nor their family and loved ones. The early bird catches the worm, after all!

Dienstag, 9. Februar 2016

No answer to your application? This is what you should do!

You’ve sent your applicaton and are now waiting for the company to answer. If you don’t get any, you start panicking and automatically assume the worst: not only is it a „No”, but your application has probably been too bad to even bother with an answer. However, this is not always the case and you still have the possibility to personally ask for feedback. And you should always use it.

We will say it right at the start – not giving a candidate any feedback about their application is extremely unprofessional. Even if candidates are entirely unsuited for the job they applied for, companies should still let them know about the status of their application. A short confirmation of receival, as well as an equally short overview of the recruiting process are common courtesy, as well as a friendly rejection, should it be the case. Candidates are right to criticize the lack of feedback as the main reason behind their frustration with the recruiting process.

Before you outright panic, hold your breath and remind yourself that you are not the only candidate for your dream job. Companies are usually flooded with hundreds of applications for any given open position. Therefore, you should not expect an answer any sooner than two to three weeks, as this is the usual timeframe that it takes HR to sort through all of them. To make their job easier and also in order to make a good first impression, make sure that you followed all the instructions written in the job ad and that your application meets the requirements.

If you still haven’t got any feedback after these two to three weeks and you are still interested in the open position, now would be the right time to be proactive about it. Contact the company personally and ask them about the status of your application. A short email detailing your interest for the position and an acknowledgement of the recruiters‘ workload should do the trick. Keep in mind to not put any pressure on the recruiter, as this could backfire! If you decide to give them a phone call, do it from home and keep your application nearby. If you already are on the white list and the recruiter just hasn’t got around to contact you yet, your interview could be happening over the phone.

The best way to keep calm is, obviously, to apply to more than one job. More applications equals more chances!