Tips to help you get that job
Here are my tips which I believe can help you get that job.
- BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Throughout my life I have experienced a lot of adversity. But I don’t see adversity as an obstacle I see it as an opportunity. What drove me to becomeIreland’s first registered blind solicitor is my motto: ‘Believe in yourself ….Anything is possible.’ This motto has really helped me overcome barriers. What I have learnt from life is that we cannot expect other people to believe in us if we don’t believe in ourselves first.
- GCP – the Kane Ability
What has worked for me in life is the following I call it the Kane Ability:
- Goals – Set Goals
- Choices – Make Choices
- People – Contact People
The one common theme that any successful person does is they write or record their goals at least two or three times a week. I believe all people have motivation but the problem is that people find it hard to stay motivated. Why do they find it hard to stay motivated? Its because they don’t write or record their goals. It is common knowledge that all successful people write down their goals at least two three times a week. They do this to keep themselves focused on what they want to achieve.
You can’t control the way you were born but you can control how you live your life. I was born visually impaired yet I choose to live my life in a positive way. No matter what situation you are in, you have a choice. No matter how bad things are, you have a choice. No matter what you think you can or cannot do, you have a choice. Now it may not be an easy choice, by any means. It may be a very difficult choice and the road you decide to take may be a tough one. It may push you way out of your comfort zone. It may mean that in the initial period your life may get even harder than it already is. But it is a choice nonetheless. A lot of times you will actually find that the choices are not as hard as you thought they were. You may just have shut off your mind from seeing those choices and possibilities because you thought you had no choice. Once you become open to the idea that you are responsible for your life and that you have choices, you will find that you are no longer stuck just because life is hard.
Get to know people who can help you develop your career prospects. You don’t need to be a big shot or the most outgoing person in the world to network effectively. Take it a step at a time. Begin with people you know, at work and in your social life. Keep your ears open and listen for information that could work to your advantage. Keep good records of who you meet and the conversations you’ve had – there’s no point building a network of contacts that you then forget. Also aim to stay in regular touch even when you’re not after anything specific. You don’t want to be known as the person who only ever gets in touch when they’re after a favour.
- IDENTIFY YOUR CORE STRENGTHS & COMPETENCIES
Every single one of us has a core strength which makes us competent in that area. What I have learnt from life is that people know what their core strength is but where they fall down is they don’t give examples of how they have put this core strength into action and what positive result happened. When you attend an interview it is so vital that you ‘sell’ yourself and that means ‘selling’ your core strength. What has worked for me in the past is using example to highlight my strengths.
One of the keys to being successful is persistence. Once you have determined exactly what it is you want to accomplish, you must take massive action on a consistent, persistent basis in order to succeed. Think of it like building a muscle. You have to constantly train to build muscles and keep them strong.
So many times I was told by so many people that I would not qualify as a solicitor. At 17 years of age my career advisor teacher told me not to go on to study law because she told me law was a reading based subject and my disability was my eyes. This woman did not believe in me, did not believe in my potential, did not believe that I as a person with a disability could contribute to society. Yet, I beat the odds because I continually persisted to achieve my goal.
There is no sense in being persistent at something that you are doing incorrectly! Sometimes you have to modify your approach along the way. Every time you do something you learn from it, and therefore find a better way to do it the next time.
Small acts done consistently over a period of time reveal big results. Everyday we need to develop ourselves. Schedule a review. Pull out your calendar or PDA or whatever you use for schedule-keeping, and set a date three months from now to review your progress. Then set a date three months from that date, and another three months from there, then another. These reviews can help you see your progress and also will show you where you need to adjust.
The difference between those who succeed and those who fall by the wayside is in how they view failure. Losers view failure as the end of their hopes. Winners view failure as a building block to their success. If you view your failures as the end of your chance to make something of your life, then that indeed is what they are. But if you view your failures as simply additional chances to seek even greater success, you will indeed find that is true.