- Position yourself. Embrace your opportunities and weather the storms.
- Look for ways to turn your luck around.
- Stick your neck out. You have to take risks and accept the good and bad that may come.
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Take a deep breath. Slow, deep breaths activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which calms you down. Don’t dwell on scary thoughts without any productive decisions. Give yourself a break. Accept your negative emotions. Exercise. Research suggests many of the benefits of exercise come in the first 20 minutes. Reach out. In-person interactions cause your body to produce a bunch of hormones that counteract the “flight or flight” response. Maintain a balanced lifestyle. Meditate. Take notes of what tends to stress you out so you can better control your reaction. Set the right expectations. Treat stress like an inevitable part of your life. You’re not trying to erase stress, you’re simply trying to cope with it.
You can increase your good luck by taking action. The person who works hard pursues opportunities and tries more things is more likely to stumble across a lucky chance than the person who waits with the hope that an opportunity will come to him.
Prepare a brief summary of the high points of each of your past positions, but do not turn it into a very long monologue that makes the interviewer glaze over with information overload. You do not have to brag, but don't rely on the interviewer to see past your humble exterior and figure out how great you are. Find a way to present yourself to your full advantage. This is not the time to talk about all your personal details. Focus on who you are as a professional. Because this question can be interpreted in many ways, do not be overwhelmed by it. Delve right in with your prepared answers.
Look at what your role pays industrywide. Online tools can help you learn what the median pay is for industry, position, and location. Avoid asking your colleagues what they're paid. Avoid asking for an outlandish increase. Your boss may feel you are totally out of touch with what you are worth and with the company's budget. Decide on a target percentage increase. Expect a 3% raise if you met expectations or a 10% - 20% if you're exceeding expectations. Know the minimum you'll accept for a new salary and stick to it. Consider if you would be okay with keeping your salary, but receiving other perks.