Tips for Getting a Better Job or Internal Promotion

Tips for Getting a Better Job or Internal Promotion
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It is my heart’s desire to see you flourish as a mother.  I know from personal experience how heart wrenching it can be to spend more time at work than with your actual family, just to trying to make ends meet and always so very, very stressed.   Your career may be one of those areas creating a massive amount of stress.  It could be a negative or unhealthy environment or you have a cruel boss or co-workers.  Maybe the money is good but it requires an incredible work load full of stress and long hours.  Stress is no laughing matter and should never be taken lightly.  Your children are counting on you and you need to make your overall health a priority.  Chronic stress WILL destroy your health.  Only you can take a long hard look at your work environment and determine if it is time to start looking for something else.

 My prayer is that the information below will assist you in standing out among other candidates and help you land the job you have been praying for.   You haven’t been praying for the right job?  Then it is time to start.  God will meet you in your most desperate areas of your life and if you listen, He may be asking you to take another path you have not considered before.

 Before looking outside of your company, take a look inside.  Are there new possibilities in other departments with better hours, a better boss, that you could apply for?  Change can be a little scary but change can also be a very good thing, especially if it means less stress and more time for family.  If you company is not set up that way or there are no opportunities of growth for you then it may be time to look outside of your current employer.  Never leave a job without having another job!  That would be an enormous risk!  Before applying for anything, it’s important to update your resume, brush up on your interview skills and select a few professional looking outfits to have ready for your interviews.  Continually pray to God about your concerns and fears of seeking new employment.  Ask Him to guide you to the right employers and the open the doors to the right opportunities.

Interview Tips:

  • Always research the company first.  Do you know anyone who works there to use as a reference or could provide you with some inside information on the company?
  • Dress for success.  It’s so important to look professional and polished.  This will be your first impression with the employer.  This is not the time to wear the latest fashions or to wear something revealing.  No bright colors or prints.  Navy, blacks, browns, light muted colors are all good colors to stick with.  If you choose to wear a skirt or dress, it should be knee length or longer.  Ensure your shoes are clean and not scuffed.  Keeping your hairstyle simple and nice and don’t go overboard on the make-up.  You want the employer to pay attention and remember what you had to say instead of distracted by a ton of makeup, strange hair style, revealing clothes or a strong scent from your perfume.
  • ALWAYS BE ON TIME.  Get to the appointment extra early.  You can sit in your car for a bit so that when you walk in, you are only 10-15 minutes early.  This way you have plenty of time should you get lost or encounter traffic and it will enable you some time to calm down and relax in your car before walking in.
  • Bring breath mints and keep in your purse.  Pop one in a few minutes before your scheduled interview time to ensure it has time to dissolve before your meeting.
  • Do not walk in to your interview with a cup of coffee or soda.
  • Turn off your cell phone.  Do not put it on vibrate.  Shut it off and keep it out of sight for the duration of the interview.
  • Improve on your interview skills before you start applying for new jobs.  Get comfortable with the process.  Know what’s on your resume and be able to concisely present what makes you qualified for the position.  Practice staying calm, focused and friendly.  Don’t use slang words.  Speak clearly.  It is ok to take a second to think before you start speaking so not to stumble over your thoughts and words.  Do your best to listen and stay engaged with the employer.
  • Prepare for a phone interview by keeping a copy of your resume with you at all times and always bring a copy to the interview.
  • Practice interviewing with a friend or family member.  Maybe your kids can ask you questions?
  • Send a professional looking thank you card within 24 hours of your job interview.
  • Utilize job connections.  Create a LinkedIn account to better your chances of having connections with others at the hiring company or to assist you with finding other job openings.
  • Do not talk on and on during your interview.  No matter how warm and friendly the employer seems to be, it is not the time to talk about your personal life.  Keep the conversation on a professional level at all times.
  • Never bad mouth prior employers.  This will only create a poor reflection of your maturity.

How would you answer the following two questions:

  1. What would your past (or current) employer want to change about you?
  2. What would you colleagues want to change about you?

It never hurts to give yourself a pep talk…you are a strong, intelligent woman, fully capable of doing a phenomenal job in this position!  I believe in you.  And if it does not work out, please don’t beat yourself up over it.  It wasn’t mean to be.  God will close doors if it is not the path you are meant to be on.  So do not be discouraged…just continue to pray.  Get your kids involved to pray with you about your job search.  This will encourage them to lean on our heavenly Father during their own times of need and uncertainty and will not feel uncomfortable about asking others to pray with them, for them.

The internet is full of resources for common interview questions you may be asked and how to handle tough questions.  Utilize this free information and get plenty of practice.  Have a friend or maybe your kids practice with you.  This will create a fun environment for an often stressful situation.  Then when it is time for your big interview you will have the confidence needed.

Many times at the end of the interview, the employer will ask you if you have any questions for him or her.  The majority of people will say no or tell them they covered their questions already.  Here is a way for you to STAND OUT in the large pool of applicants by asking them questions like this:

  1. Can you tell me about your experience with this company?  (Most people love to talk about themselves and it leaves positive feelings with them about the conversation they had with you.)
  2. What are some things you like most about working here?
  3. What are the things that have kept you at this company for so long?
  4. Can you tell me why this position is now available? (This will assist you in knowing the expectations for the position.)
  5. What are some challenges your team is facing and how do you hope the new person will help? ( This will most likely show the employer that you are serious about doing what it takes to succeed should he/she hire you.)
  6. Other than learning how to do the job, what should be my top focus be, should you decide to hire me?  (This will show your enthusiasm for doing a great job)
  7. How would you best describe the company’s culture?  (This will show your interest in fitting in and will allow you an opportunity to see if the culture matches with your values._
  8. Do your own research on the company prior to the interview so that you can ask questions regarding what you have read.  Keep them positive even if there is some bad press out there regarding the company.

It is very important that you familiarize yourself with these questions well before the interview.  You don’t want to be asking them from a list you have typed up.  You want it to flow more like a conversation.  This will leave the employer with the best possible feelings about you.

Before you leave, ask for his or her business card.  Always follow up with a hand written and professional looking thank you card, to thank them for their time and the opportunity.  This will certainly leave a lasting impression.  It could look a little something like this:

Dear Mr. Johnson,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me regarding your open position

on the Marketing team.  I truly enjoyed learning more about your experiences

and your time with the company.

I feel XYZ Company is a great fit for me based on the company culture and I

would value the opportunity to put my strong work ethic, drive and dedication

into the position.  In addition to my enthusiasm for performing well, I would

bring the marketing skills and experience necessary to get the job done.

I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you

once the final decisions have been made.

If you have any additional questions for me, please feel free to call or email

me at any time.  Again, thank you for your time and consideration.


Rockstar Single Mom

Cell – xxx-xxx-xxxx

Email address

My prayer for you;

Dear Lord, I pray that the ladies reading this who are in need of a career or better career will turn to you for guidance.  I pray that they continue to live in dependence on you, dear Lord.  When their tendency is turn from You dear Lord and find their own way, please gently remind them to return their focus back to You.  Only You know what is best for each and every one of them and I pray that you will open their hearts and eyes to the opportunities and doors you have waiting for them, dear Lord.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

I wish  you all the best in your job search and hope this has been a helpful resource for you!   If it has been helpful to you, would you kindly share it with others in need?  And I would love to hear from you!  What are your greatest challenges with finding a better job?  What are things that create stress and challenges for you at your current job?