Monday, May 30, 2011

How Much Value Do You Place on Your Visual Presentation in Securing a Job?

Most people in business today are eager to learn and improve their business skills. They read articles; they listen to webinars; and, they attend bootcamps in the hopes of securing a better future for themselves.

Your competition is fierce. Other candidates are just as hungry for the job as you are. Many may be just as talented as you in fulfilling the duties required for the position. This is when having the knowledge and necessary skills in presenting yourself professionally could be the deciding factor in who gets the job.

Have you ever considered your visual presentation when applying for a job? What impression do you make when you enter the room for your interview? You may believe that a judgment will be made after you begin speaking. The truth is you are being judged the moment you enter the room.

Do you walk with purpose or is your approach timid and diffident? If your shoulders are slumped and your eyes cast downward, what impression are you making? Your visual image accounts for 55% of the image you are projecting; and, part of that visual image, is how you carry yourself. Yes, your attire is important but what is your body language conveying?

Do you approach the prospective employer and extend your hand as you introduce yourself? Being first to offer a greeting goes a long way with the individual who is deciding your future. It speaks confidence. That quality is high on the list of characteristics which an employer is seeking.

Of course you will be nervous. This is to be expected. Instead of buckling under to your fear or nervous jitters, however, you should embrace it. That rush of adrenaline can sharpen your senses, making you much more alert and focused. And the best way to do that is to breathe with the support of your diaphragm. Breathing in this manner actually lessens your stress; shallow or lazy breathing, which is typical of the majority of the population, actually increases your stress or your fear.

Before your next interview, set up a mock interview with a friend or family member and use a video camera. Record yourself entering the room, greeting your interviewer and then taking your seat. (Remember to take the hand of the other person and shake it firmly - not too hard and not too soft.) Play the video back and study how you carry yourself. Do you look confident and assured? If not, practice until you are pleased with your deportment.

Your success in the interview involves more than just your education and experience. A confident, composed entrance will project the right image and set the stage for the questions to follow.

About the Author: Nancy Daniels

The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels provides private, group and corporate training throughout the United States and Canada as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement and presentation skills. Visit Voice Dynamic and voice your opinion in her new blog.

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