How To Use Twitter To Build Your Network

What if I told you that you could build a professional network on twitter? Yes, I know I was surprised as well. Nowadays, Twitter has become a valuable website for millennials to grow their network. With the relatively easy accessibility and real time communication, Twitter is a great place to connect with an untapped audience and grow professionally.

Here are a few strategies on how to build your network on Twitter:

-Revamp your profile

Like LinkedIn, your Twitter profile is the first thing that someone notices when they stumble upon your profile. Therefore you need to make sure that the image you want to portray is reflected through your content.  

*Profile photo and header

Because Twitter is a social platform or as I like to call it  “a looser version of LinkedIn”, you can be more creative with the way you present yourself. For example, if you’re in the creative field, you have a lot of creative freedom to design you header and bio. Your header can be anything from a landscape to your favorite quote. However your profile photo has to be of you. People want to feel like they are talking to someone and not just an image.  When posting your photo make sure that the photo is clear and wear appropriate clothing. An appropriate profile is very important to recruiters.  

*Biography

One unspoken rule you need to know about bios is that you need to have one. People want to know what you do without necessarily having to look through your tweets. It’s amazing how not having one can discourage people from following you. On the same note, your bio should be fun and engaging. Because twitter only allows 140 characters, make your bio is quirky and relatable. In addition, make sure that you relate it to your brand so people know right away the type of content they should expect from you.

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-Establish your network 

It’s important for you to follow the people that are in your network. For example, if you’re in the business world, make sure to follow all of the relevant people in that field. Retweet articles about what interests you. Engage with recruiters, job seekers. Share and publish your latest find. This will attract a lot of people to your profile.

RELATED: 6 Tips For Successful Business Networking

-Interact

There are plenty of ways to interact with your network on Twitter

.*Direct message. This feature is the most direct way to interact with someone on Twitter. You can use it to communicate with recruiters and inquire about opportunities. Even though it is an informal way to communicate, it has made a tremendous difference in the past. For example, my friend once messaged a recruiter inviting her for coffee and from that the recruiter to become her mentor. 

*Retweeting

If  you’re not ready to take the leap yet by directly talking to professionals, retweet their posts. It’s a great way for them to notice you and also show your followers what you endorse. 

*Participate in live and twitter chats.

Live chats are the perfect way to grow your following. By using a branded hashtag, you are exposing your content to thousands of people that are interested in the field. It’s the perfect way to grow your following and interact with people in your circle. 

Having a  network on Twitter has proven to be an incredibly valuable tool. It is a great way to connect with recruiters and professionals in your field.

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

 

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5 Motivational Quotes That Will Get You Through a Frustrating Job Hunt

Another day, another rejection email. Job searching is exhausting! One minute you’re excited for an interview and the next you’re getting a rejection letter. It’s easy for your confidence to dwindle and for you to lose all motivation.

Here are 5 motivational quotes that have helped me regain confidence during my job search.

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“Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” Aisha Tyler

 

 

 

 

2) “The price of success is hard, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best ourselves to the task at hand” Vince Lombardy

 

3) ” Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And you believe is great work. Ad the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”  Steve Jobs

 

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” Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”  Nido Qubein

 

 

 

 

5) ” Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds” Marta

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Your turn to share! What are some of your favorite quotes? Let me know in the comments!

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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How To Make the Most Out of Your Internship

 

Starting an internship is exciting! You get to test-drive a career and have fun along the way with new friends and potential mentors. Nowadays internships have become a must for college students.  They can help you build your professional network and secure a job once you graduate. Therefore it’s important to use that opportunity wisely and make the best of it.

Here are some tips to make the most out of your internship.

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  • Network, network, network: Don’t be afraid to ask people out for coffee or lunch.  It’s one of the best ways to learn valuable information about the industry that you want to work in without the pressure of being in the physical workplace. I know it can be intimidating because you’re only an intern and it seems like they will have no gain in talking to you but you might be surprised that most of them will be flattered that you have asked. It’s a good way for them to show their expertise and teach you along the way. And remember that at worst all they can say is no.

 

  • Be proactive: Don’t wait on your supervisor to give you new assignments, use your down time to show initiative by taking on a new project. Volunteer to take on more work without being asked. It sends a good message to your supervisors and shows them that you are dedicated to doing good work. That will not only be appreciated but it will get you noticed.

 

  • Ask questions: There’s always something to learn during your internship. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t understand a project make sure to tell your supervisor. It’s always best to be open and honest. At the end of the day, you are an intern and are here to learn. Plus, they’ll see that you’re serious about the work.

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  • Build a portfolio of the work that you have been doing: During your internship, you will take on a lot of projects. Make sure to document them so you can use them later as reference. They are great building blocks for your resume. For example, I contributed to a financial project in which I analyzed the strategies used by Walmart. I then used that project as an accomplishment on my resume and have gotten great feedback from recruiters because of it. Leveraging your past accomplishments is a great way to boost up your resume.

 

  • Keep in touch even after your internship ends: Send your old supervisor an email asking them how they are, ask about how the company is now doing. These are some of the things that you can do to maintain the relationship. These people are a valuable addition to your professional network. They are the ones that you can use as reference when applying for a position. They are important to have in your network.

 

  • Develop new skills: Take a moment to sit down and write down the goals that you want to accomplish by the end of your internship and make sure that you are following them. Use the free seminars and workshops that your company is providing to hone a new skill.  

 

Internships are a great way to make new friends, develop your skills and expand your professional network. It is important to make great use of that opportunity by following these simple steps.

RELATED: How To Find The Perfect Undergraduate Internship

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

 

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4 Ways To Earn Extra Income from Short-term Gigs

Wouldn’t it be nice to earn some extra cash outside of your full time job or internship? It could be used for paying off your student loans, go on a vacation or simply have extra income for your savings. Either way earning extra money is always welcome. Last summer, I was at the point where I knew that one source of income would not allow me to completely pursue my financial goals so I decided to start leveraging my hobbies by doing short term gigs.

 

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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Short-term Gig

1)Use your skills to freelance

What if you could get paid for doing something you consider a hobby? It could be anything from doing calligraphy to taking photos of lovely places in your city.  Pretty sweet deal right?

For example if you are interested in photography, invest in a camera and start taking photos of your friends. Post them on social media and reach out to bloggers and other creatives for collaboration. That way you build your portfolio as efficiently as possible. Staying consistent with the side hustle will eventually reward you with clients looking to pay you. You can then evolve to selling your photos as prints or on mugs and other everyday objects.

Last summer, I wanted to earn some money from video editing. So I went online and watched a bunch of video editing tutorials and then pitched myself to different small companies. At first, I did it pro bono, but asked the clients to refer me and spread the word. Once I had a solid portfolio, I started charging and made around $500 a month.

2) Tell your family and friends

Someone once said “Your network is your net worth” and I could not think of a more accurate description of your professional circle. In my experience, word of mouth is one of the best ways to start earning extra cash. When thinking about launching a freelance business tell your family and friends, they’ll be the first to support you and recommend you to their friends. Take this like babysitting, families will start recommending you to other families as you start working for them. For example, my friend Rachel is a photographer. She started off by telling her network of family and friends that she is creating a photography business. She then started taking pictures of her friends to kickoff her portfolio. As months went by, she began receiving requests from clients that came from her network. She now has a growing photography business while still being  in college.

 

3)Revamp your social media presence and engage with your community

There are so many online opportunities that can arise from using social media as a business tool. Create a website for your side hustle and make sure that you clearly state your mission and what you do. Connect with people in the same industry, it could be by reaching out  and asking them out for coffee or simply engage over a shared interest. Nowadays many recruiters have moved on to social media to find talent. A photographer friend of mine after interacting with a recruiter online and inviting them out for an informal meeting landed an amazing opportunity in which she got to photograph celebrities at an exclusive party.

RELATED: Make Your Social Media Profile Recruiter Friendly with these Easy Steps

 

4)Sign up for a job board

Signing up for a job board is a great way to keep an eye on different opportunities especially if you are unaware of what your true passion is. So if you’re looking for short-term gigs, Shortstints is the right place for you! You will find an extensive amount of short term gigs.

RELATED: 5 Ways to Land a Temp Job

Whether you want to pay off your credit card debt or simply take a vacation, earning extra income is always useful. Short-term gigs are the perfect low commitment gigs one could get. 

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Q&A: What are some of your hobbies? And how are you gonna use them to earn extra cash this year?

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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3 Ways Volunteering can jumpstart your career

Job searching is tough. Your motivation can quickly bottom out after yet another week of sending resumes and connecting with people on LinkedIn. One common hurdle of job seekers is meeting the required minimum of years of work. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get that experience. It’s a catch-22! Often people get discouraged and settle for unfulfilling, low-paid jobs that don’t align with their dream. And this is because most people don’t know how to acquire experience outside of jobs.

Here’s the good news: Volunteering can help you build your experience and make you more marketable! It’s less competitive and always in demand. Best part? There’s an organization for every area of interest. Love dogs? Volunteer at an animal shelter. Love reading? Spend some time shadowing a librarian. The task of finding the right place will not be difficult.

Here are some concrete ways volunteering can maximize your job search and jumpstart your career:

• It gives you experience

Think of volunteering as an unpaid internship. It provides hands-on experience and gives you a feel of the sector you’re looking to find work in. At the same time, it teaches you new skills while providing an opportunity to hone existing ones.

For example, if you choose to volunteer at your local children’s library center as a reader, you will develop communication, reading, writing and interpersonal skills – among others. These are skills that will have real-life application to almost every role. Keep in mind that you don’t have to volunteer in your particular field of interest to develop the skills that will help you land your dream job. That certainly helps, but you can transfer almost every skill you acquire over time.

Furthermore, volunteering can help fill in your employment gaps. Employers are actually impressed with people who dedicate time to a cause they are passionate about. It will work in your favor to mention your volunteer experience and the practical takeaways you learned from it.

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• It provides you with a network

Whether you are volunteering in your career field or a loosely related one, you will have access to a network of colleagues and potential mentors. These are people who can advocate for you when you need a job reference if you impress them with your performance and build rapport with them. They can also share knowledge and resources, which will help you find out about opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

As someone once said ” Your network is your net worth.” Meeting as many people as you can during your volunteering experience can help you maintain connections and grow your network.

• It allows you to test-drive a new career

As a volunteer, you get an immediate sense of the organization and the role you’re in. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore new career options without committing to a specific role or industry. You get to observe and work in an environment and learn as much as you can along the way. You also get to meet industry insiders who can answer your questions and teach you a lot from their experience. It not only can give you more perspective and who knows, show you the way to your dream career after all.

Next time you wonder how you can add to your experience, remember that volunteering is a powerful way of acquiring real-life skills. Whether you shadow a few professionals or work in the field with mentors, volunteering can be the filler on your resume that will ultimately impress your future employers and make you more competitive as a job seeker.

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Short-Term gig

Millennials have heard it all! When they’re not being called job hoppers, they’re often described as desperate entrepreneurs. Yes, we tend to be more critical of the jobs we get, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t serious about our career development. While trends have shown that we do not follow a traditional career path, we have also offered a new take on the economy – through short-term gigs, side hustles and more business ventures. Here’s why you should consider a short-term opportunity to take your career to the next level.

Your schedule is pretty flexible

What if you wake up on a Monday and get to decide how you’ll spend it? Maybe you want to start with some morning exercise and then treat yourself to a great breakfast. Or maybe you want to dive into the work and then spend time on your hobbies later. Either way, freelancing provides the flexibility you need to manage your own schedule. You get to decide when and where to work on your projects. I once spoke to a few freelancers at a networking event about the nature of the work and they all pointed out that flexibility was the most appealing trait of freelancing. One of them, John, said he was able to work 3 days a week and spend the rest of the time pursuing his other interests. It is definitely one of the many perks of short-term employment!

You get to supplement your income and create a safety net

Doing short-term gigs is a great way to supplement your income while possibly maintaining a full-time job. After landing my video internship, I continued to work with the business owner and made an addition $600 every month. This definitely helped me pad my bank account and save.

What’s also convenient is that some gigs are low-commitment so you can still fit them into your regular work schedule. I worked at my internship during business hours, shot the videos after work for the business owner and still had the weekends to myself.

You can leverage them to land new opportunities

Short-term gigs allow you to develop new skills and hone your existing portfolio. A summer internship at a fashion house for example can teach you skills such as sample trafficking, pitching, event planning etc. These temporary employment opportunities provide the platform to take on a particular project and deliver results – which you can document on your website or resume to impress new employers.

Last summer, I worked closely with the owner of a handbag company and helped her film videos and create content for her social media accounts. Before I knew it, I became well-versed in editing softwares such as Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. I also learned how to use Photoshop and use different presets to edit photos. These are all skills I didn’t necessarily expect to hone in the three months we’ve worked together, but they’ve helped me land a video internship at a startup a semester later and add new skills to my resume. Anyone can appreciate a hard worker who goes out of their way to creatively learn new things. This quality of making the most out of your experiences will help you advance in your career.

Whether you’re looking to transition into a new career, earn some extra income or make new connections, short-term work is a great way to reach your professional and financial goals. They not only provide the flexibility to manage your own time, but also the opportunity to hone a skills, meet new people and land your dream position. What more can one ask for?

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortsints

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6 tips to perfect your cold email and land your dream job

Job searching. At best, it stretches your creativity and pushes you to approach recruiters in different ways. At worst, it makes you want to crawl into bed instead of sending yet another cover letter. As much as the second option is tempting, working is a vital step in our career development, and unfortunately, most of us cannot avoid it. It may take time, but having a strategy definitely helps you get closer to landing your dream job.

In today’s competitive market, it is not enough to simply apply to jobs and cross your fingers. You need to go above and beyond to impress the hiring manager and the team long before you get called for an interview. Networking is key to having a foot in the door and turning people into your advocates. One effective way of building connections is, surprisingly enough, cold emailing. When done right, it can lead to a variety of opportunities such as mentorship, access to an exclusive network and you guessed it, your dream job.

Here are some tips that will lead to better results when cold emailing:

Do your research using the internet and offline connections

It’s important to tailor your message to the recipient, so do your research to find common grounds that will serve as conversation material. Go on Linkedin to see the projects they are working on or the articles they like to read. Use Google search and Facebook to see what their interests and hobbies are. Try as much as you can to find something in common with you that you can expand on in your email. It makes for a warmer introduction. If you can, get a mutual connection to introduce you. People are typically more responsive to their network and thus to you, if you’re connected to them somehow.

Personalize your email

This is key to an effective cold email. People don’t like to read something generic. It’s as if it doesn’t address them in particular.. If you’re going to be so impersonal, you might as well BCC them in an email chain, right? On the contrary, personalizing it will get their attention. People love feeling special, so a good way to avoid that could be as simple as using their first name in the first line or complimenting their work (which shows you’ve done your research).

As a fashion blogger, I receive many pitches from brands and the first thing I notice is their angle. Do they know what I do? Have they done their research on my brand to find ways in which we can collaborate? If it just says, “Hello there” or “To who it may concern,” I almost automatically assume this brand sent this email to many other people and I will likely disregard it. A warm approach increases your chances of getting a positive response and eventually, the chance to take them out for coffee.

Be concise and make it easy for them to say yes

Keep your email short but rich in useful details. People don’t have time to guess what they should know through emailing you back and forth. Busy executives receive at least 50 emails per day, so it’s important to be straightforward while answering their most basic questions (things like who you are, what you do and why you’re interested in their company/role.)

Think of your email as the written version of an elevator pitch. Practice being concise, but straightforward. When you reach out, be sure to:

Be specific about what you can do for them

Sell yourself like you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. Don’t just show them what you can do for their company, but also suggest ways you can help them improve a particular outcome. If you’re pitching an editor for example, find an interesting angle for your stories and do your research to find areas they haven’t covered.

Include a call to action

It’s great to show them what you can do but it’s important to move them to action. Whether you end your email with a question, “ Are you available to hop on a phone call on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon?” or offer to bring them coffee at their office, be sure to make your intentions clear and communicate expectations. Make it easy for them to say yes by covering all the bases.

Don’t hesitate to follow up

People’s inbox get flooded. Make sure yours doesn’t get lost. A follow-up email is a simple way of reminding them that you’re waiting to hear from them. The rule of thumb is to follow up twice, so do not hesitate to do so. People actually appreciate when you do because it shows you’re                                                                        determined.

Cold emailing can be considered the hardest type of communication for the simple reason that the receiver is not guaranteed to answer. However they can work well depending on the approach. Many startups and careers have been built through a simple cold email. So next time, you are sending a cold email, remember that the approach is central.

 

Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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A few reasons why you should love Mondays

Let’s be honest. Monday is not our favourite day of the week. Everybody is always waiting for Friday but as soon as Sunday knocks on our door, we start complaining and dreading the new week ahead. However, changing our perspective can, not only improve our mood but most importantly, will increase our productivity throughout the week.

Here are a few reasons why you SHOULD absolutely love Mondays!

1. Mondays give us a fresh start

Oftentimes, a task can seem more difficult than it really is just because our brain needs some rest! Thats’s where Mondays come to the rescue. Who doesn’t like a chance to start over and make things right? Getting a break from our daily routine and being able to return to work with a refreshed mind is a great opportunity to see things with new eyes and tackle our responsibilities with a renewed strength.

Related: 4 things you can do on Sundays to have better Mondays

2. Mondays give us the opportunity to plan better

Let’s face it. Even if we always have this perfect agenda in our heads, responsibilities can quickly get out of hand. We often find ourselves at the end of the week frustrated and drained because of all the things we did not have time to accomplish. Mondays are a great opportunity to plan our week, list all of the things we need to do and prioritize. It helps us focus on what absolutely needs to be done and leaves less space for frustrations at the end of the week.

3. Monday is the best time to present your new ideas

New ideas are the most welcomed on Monday mornings, when bosses and superiors are not already caught up in other ongoing projects. Nobody likes to have their genius suggestions put in a drawer. Monday is the perfect time to present your brilliant ideas and getting the attention you deserve!

4. We are more inspired on Mondays

Enjoying our week-ends have a way of making us more inspired and ready to tackle the new week. Coming back to work after spending a few days disconnecting and bonding with your family will help you have a clearer mind and perspective.

So, do not be grumpy as you snooze your alarm clock on Mondays . Cheer up! It is a great day to be great.

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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Tips to Reduce Employee Turnover

Having a high retention and a low turnover rate in your organization is one of the main HR dreams of any company. Retaining employees is one of the biggest challenges whithin this department . The turnover rates are hovering around 15%, which is very high.

If you are looking for ways to reduce the turnover of employees in your organization, there are definitely tricks that you can apply in order to reach this goal:

Hiring the Right People

The first thing to reduce turnover of employees is to hire the right people in the first place. Make sure that the role and specifications of the job are known and understood by all parties so that there are no surprises later on. When you hire the right candidate for the job, you make sure to reduce your turnover rate.

Work on Your Compensation and Benefits

Offering up to date compensation and benefits will help you in retaining your employees. It is important to offer them competitive benefits that include intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors. This will go a long way on helping you to retain your employees.

Be Flexible

In the modern world, the organizations that offer flexibility to their employees reach higher retention rates. Thus, it is important that you offer flexibility to your employees. Having flexible work hours and arrangements can help increase employee retention. There are going to many employees who will leave your organization if they are not offered flexible work arrangements. The most important thing is to show your employees that you understand and value work-life balance. This will highly increase your employee’s motivation and as a result, the retention rate.

Offer Growth Opportunities

Reducing employee turnover is directly dependent on the growth and employment opportunities provided by the organization. Talking to your employees about their growth and development and providing them ample opportunities for it will help in retaining them as they will feel like they are a part of the company.

Value their well-being and happiness

If your employees are not happy, they are not going to remain committed to the organization. It is, therefore, important that you keep your employees happy in order to reduce the employee turnover rate. If you give your employees job satisfaction, a good salary, perks and benefits and/decent and growth opportunities, you will surely be able to increase your retention rate.

If you are looking for ways to keep your employees happy, engaged and retain them in your organization, these tips can come in handy for you. For more tips and other related topics, visit Short Stints.

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Things to do during the 30 minutes before a job interview

Job interviews can be stressful. Especially these last few minutes before they start. That is when the hands start getting sweaty, your mind starts  going crazy and you want to run back home. There is no unique secret on how to make sure you put all the chances on your side but job interviews do not need to be so stressful.

Here are things you can do minutes before your job interviews other than over thinking:

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Check yourself in a mirror

Make sure you do not have any crumbs left on your face from the chipotle you just ate. Before your job interview, it is the time to check yourself out in the mirror, make sure your makeup is on point, that your hair looks good and that your teeth are clean. This is also a great time to wash your hands and make sure your fingernails are clean and your palms are dry. Stop by a little shop to make sure you are looking sharp!

Get off social media

Now is not the time to get distracted by random things. 30 minutes before you arrive to your job interview, disconnect yourself from the outside world. This means, not checking your emails, not watching YouTube videos and stopping any texting activities. Stay focused!

Be nice to receptionist and security guards

Think of the other employees as your future colleagues. Might as well make a good first impression on them! Take the time to smile and exchange a few words. You could ask about their names or what they do at the company. Avoid asking too many questions. Remain brief and simple.

Relax

Stop rehearsing and start relaxing and decompressing. Take the time to breathe. Put your notes away and give your brain the time to think about absolutely nothing. This will help you feel more confident and relaxed.

Think as if you already got the job

Remain positive! The key is to act as if you already got the job so keep your chin up, your shoulders back and eyes smiling. Do not focus on what might go wrong but stay concentrated on positive thoughts.

 

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 Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints
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