When you are on the search for a new job, it can be a difficult time. There are many obstacles to overcome and many potential pitfalls to avoid. The key to a successful job search is to avoid getting carried away by a potential company or by yourself. Be realistic with yourself and protect your principles.
When first starting a job search you must ensure that you are visible. This means that you are active on LinkedIn, that your profile is up to date and that it contains keywords that potential employers would search for. On the other hand, make sure your personal social media accounts like Facebook are private.
When you start to reach the interview stage of jobs, ensure you are open and honest about your expectations. Avoid coming across as arrogant but at the same time don’t just always try to give the right answer. If you tell them you are willing to work late every night in an interview it will be what they expect in your work. Examine what your priorities are before an interview and don’t break on them. Of course, we all need to bend a little from time to time.
When discussing pay and other benefits try not to appear too greedy. It is good to ask about the range of salary for the position. In fact, you really should ask this question or they will likely ask you what your expected salary is. If they do ask this it is a bit of a minefield because if you say a number too low they will not correct you, too high and they will be unimpressed. Look at your last job and give a range from there to around 10% or 15% higher.
Overall be true to yourself. Dealing with potential new employers can make you want to impress them all and have them all like you. The game is not about doing whatever is necessary to get a job offer, it is about finding the right fit for you in a new company.