How Your Mom Was Prepping You for Your Job Search Since You Were a Toddler


In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought we would do a little reflecting on how all those lessons your mom taught you way back when are still relevant  today [in your job search!].  Just one more reason why mom is always right!

1.  Say thank you.  
My mom always forced me to write thank you notes. And it was painful at the time. Who wanted to write a thank you note when you could be playing tag outside? And not only did I have to write the thank you note, I wasn’t allowed to use those cool “fill-in-the-blank” notes some kids had. I had to write something original!  Well, the same goes for your job search, and really your everyday professional life.  Say thank you. And say it meaningfully.  After a job interview, a thank you note is critical in sealing the deal with the employer. A strong and unique thank you note will set you apart from the competition.

2. You are awesome.
I’m sure your mom has always been your biggest fan. Channel that confidence when you are in a job search! Know that you have a set of unique experiences, skills, and education and know how that unique set of attributes sets you apart.

3. Stand up straight.
My mom always remind us to stand up straight, look people in the eye, have a firm handshake, and smile (oh, and don’t play with my hair!). Those things are critical in a job search to reflect confidence and poise.

4. The value of “little birdies.” 
Somehow my mom always found out about my latest antics by some anonymous “little birdie.”  Well, in your job search use those little birdies to your advantage.  Do your research into the company and position by talking to your own little birdies – friends and friends of friends – who already work there.

5. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
Remember – everyone you meet during a job interview is part of the interview – from the receptionist to the interview coordinator to the CEO. Remember, the interview starts when you walk in the door!

6. The power of the number 3.
As a mom, I have found that the threat of counting to 3 has some sort of magical hold on my toddler.  In your job search the number 3 is important too. Know your top 3 greatest strengths before going into an interview AND an example of each.  Don’t be afraid to count to 3 and collect your thoughts before you begin to answer a question.  And always bring at least 3 copies of your resume.

7. Respect your elders.
While your mom may have been referring to your grandparents, in this case I mean respect the experience of those who have been at the company/organization you are interviewing with. Find out what brought them there and what has kept them there.  Everyone likes to feel valued – ask them questions about their role and experience.

8.  This too shall pass.
The job search can undoubtedly be frustrating. But eventually the other piece of mom’s wisdom will prevail: anything worth having is worth working for and what is meant to be is meant to be.

We want to know: how has your mom influenced your career?
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