9. You forgot that you are You Inc.
You must conduct yourself as if you are your own company. That means you must always dress the part and be prepared for everything. How is your marketing? Your cover letter and your resume must shine. They are two of your most important weapons in your fight for an important job. If you can’t really get a handle on those two things yourself then hire a pro that can polish them for you. After that, like every great company, you need your commercials and you need to practice delivering them. You need to have your answers to the most commonly asked questions at job interviews. Why should we hire you? Tell me about yourself. Why did you leave your last position? Where do you see yourself in a few years? What are your salary expectations? Where do your strengths lie and tell me about your weaknesses. You must be ready. Practice interviewing with a friend or simply practice in front of a mirror. You can’t afford to not get these questions right.