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August 20, 2010
How to Use Your Organs to Impress Hiring Managers
 
Passion defines as "strong emotion." The term hardly is synonymous with one's job search. In these days when job seekers outnumber jobs by six to one, passion is precisely the emotion that bears harnessing if you want to distinguish yourself in the job market.

What does it take to harness passion? Words like enthusiasm, energy, engagement, excitement, eagerness, elation, exhilaration, esprit, and élan are apt terms to describe the characteristics hiring managers likely will look for when narrowing down the list of candidates. Passion is the essence of your persona, and your organs are the tools required to effectively demonstrate the essence of whom and what you are. Your passion should be evident and abundant in all that you do in your job campaign. Let me elaborate.

Brain: The chief operating organ or COO. The brain is the central source of your knowledge, intuition, intellect, and memory. Use it well, and use it often. It is a requirement when you are writing your résumé, cover letters, and thank-you notes. It perhaps is most useful in interviews and should be employed liberally to demonstrate knowledge, wisdom, and common sense. Warning: Do not use it to overwhelm, intimidate, or confuse.

Mouth, Vocal Chords, and Larynx: You produce a voice with them. Your voice should emanate authority, authenticity, and enthusiasm. If your voice is clear, strong, and decisive, you likely will capture your interviewer's undivided attention. Attenuating your voice to emphasize facts, figures, and feelings can amplify your energy and heighten interest in what you are saying, particularly if the interview is by phone. If it is an in-person interview, the quality and tone that you employ, combined with good eye contact, can communicate the energy of your personality. Note: Active voice trumps passive voice.

Eyes: Keep them open, and use them. Eyes are the windows to the mind and communicate a lot about a person. If you are in an interview, use your eyes to look into those with whom you are speaking. If your eyes wander, gaze, and/or generally avoid contact, your listeners certainly will wonder why a lack of connection exists. Game over.

Ears: There is a reason you have two: to listen and hear. The words may seem like synonyms but have subtle differences that matter. Use your ears to hear so the brain can listen and absorb what is being said or asked of you or about you. Refrain from using your voice until you have comprehended the words you hear. The brain is required here and should be consulted often in the process.

Heart: Speak from it. The heart is an essential partner of the brain, mouth, and voice, and speaking from the heart can be a confirmation of your sincerity and integrity. Speaking from the heart also can add just the right amount of emotion that validates your authenticity. I cannot overemphasize that the brain also plays a critical role here. The knowledge from the brain gives the heart the intellectual ammunition for authenticity, so be real.

Torso and Limbs: The torso contains all the body parts and connects the limbs. The torso is an important vessel, for it houses all of the essential organs required for a successful job search. It also connects the limbs you need for mobility. When used together as a unified body in harmony and synchronicity, they can telegraph a great deal about attitude, personality, and transparency. It is called body language and must be used in concert with the heart and brain.

Torsos and limbs vary greatly from person to person, so take that into account. How they are wrapped is a critical element to successful job campaigns. The material employed to cover the torso and limbs should be attractive to the interviewer and/or hiring manager for maximum effect. If the job interviews are in-person, the torso and limbs should be dressed in appropriate garb that reflects your professionalism, style, and passion and complements the culture of the organization for which you wish to work. If you are a public relations professional, you could add a bit of flair to your garments, for it could be an important ingredient in communicating your passion and creativity. If you are an accountant, you could wear a blue suit or a skirt with a white shirt or blouse. You be the judge. If the interview is by phone, you could wear your pajamas.

Constitution: It better be strong and enduring. I know that one's "constitution" is not an organ, but you have one. We all do. You need it to be courageous, fearless, and enduring. During the job search, you will encounter people who are inspiring, encouraging, and supportive. Hopefully, they will offset those who are not. You surely will face rejection, ignorance, complacence, and arrogance. The constitution is wonderful in that it will help you get past the morass and give you the passion and fortitude to drive forward.

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Gerry Corbett is the PRJobCoach at prjobcoach.com and CEO of Redphlag LLC, a strategy consultancy. He has served four decades in senior communications roles at Fortune 100 firms and earlier in his career in aerospace and computer engineering with NASA. He has a B.A. in public relations from San Jose State University and is a member of the International Advertising Association, National Investor Relations Institute; Arthur Page Society, National Association of Science Writers, and International Coaching Federation.

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