Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Act like a Grownup

The article I've linked to today has some simple but profoundly effective ways to make people take you more seriously.

You need to look like a confident grownup when you're applying for your first job out of college. If you're like most of us, there are moments when you don't really feel the part. If you don't feel the part, you don't look it--and people treat you as unserious, which makes you even less confident. It can become a spiral headed down.

These aren't "tricks" in the sense that they are fraudulent. Rather, they suggest details to be aware of as you network and interact. For example, if you use "upspeak," a rising intonation at the end of each statement, you'll sound tentative. If you make your physical presence small, rather than taking up lots of space, you'll appear insignificant and timid.

Project an image of confidence!

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