The Art of Persuasion in the Job Hunt [INFOGRAPHIC]

It might sound too simple or too good to be true, but just basic persuasion can help you land the job of your dreams. In a tough economy with a hyper-competitive job market, it’s important that you make yourself interesting because you just can’t persuade the uninterested. An internship is a great place to start. Four out of every five employers want new graduates who have completed a formal internship. On the employee side, 70 percent who complete a paid internship feel ready; 58 percent who complete an unpaid internship feel ready. Only 44 percent who do not complete an internship feel ready for the job market. Completing an internship can help boost your confidence during a job interview, which, in turn, will help you be more persuasive.

One in five employers worldwide can’t fill important positions because they can’t find people with soft skills. Find opportunities to bolster the following skills and characteristics: motivation, interpersonal skills, appearance, punctuality and flexibility. This will only help strengthen your quest to land that dream job. It’ll also help if you do your research and homework on prospective employers. Check out their website and social media outlets, and be sure to read news articles and any existing employer ratings available online. Be careful that your own personal websites and social media pages are clean—91 percent of employers screen applicants’ social networking pages.

During a job interview, be positive and enthusiastic, give a strong handshake, smile and make eye contact and dress appropriately and professionally. Do not try to promise more than you can realistically deliver—you’d only be setting yourself up for stress and failure. Exhibit credibility during the interview and be honest about your experience and qualifications. After your interview, be absolutely sure to write a thank you note and reinforce why you’d be a good fit.

To learn more about how you can improve your chances of landing that dream job, check out the infographic below!

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