Jons professional practice seminar reflection

Today Jon was talking to us about how to evaluate our experiences and pick apart what we have learnt to fulfill a job specification. we looked at job specs and discussed how we may be able to sell ourselves to fit a professional context job.

We started by looking at the STAR interview method:

Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example.
Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

The Interviewer Says: “Tell me about a time when you had to be very strategic in order to meet all of your top priorities.”

Your Response:

Situation: “In my previous sales role, I was put in charge of the transfer to an entirely new customer relationship management (CRM) system—on top of handling my daily sales calls and responsibilities.”

Task: “The goal was to have the migration to the new CRM database completed by Q3, without letting any of my own sales numbers slip below my targets.”

Action: “In order to do that, I had to be very careful about how I managed all of my time. So, I blocked off an hour each day on my calendar to dedicate solely to the CRM migration. During that time, I worked on transferring the data, as well as cleaning out old contacts and updating outdated information. Doing this gave me enough time to chip away at that project, while still handling my normal tasks.”

Result: “As a result, the transfer was completed two weeks ahead of deadline and I finished the quarter 10% ahead of my sales goal.”

Jons Top Tips:

  1. Thorough research is essential – find out about company, manager, or person who wrote application
  2. Ring the person who wrote the application – think of a question to clarify about application as reason for calling, then ask the real question “what are you really looking for in this role?”
  3. Make sure application hits every personal specification point – use the wording they use and give it back to them obviously hitting the spec.
  4. Use STAR method
  5. For interview go over spec and make sufficient notes of how you hit those points – having note in the interview is fine as it makes you look organised just keep them brief to jog your memory don’t read from them.

Personal goals for prof practice:

  1. find a non conventional festival / event that might want my performance – branch outside young music festivals to open my practice up to new opportunities
  2. find a live brief about wearable art / costume / masks
  3. find a theatre company i may like to join – play the fact im a student to potentially visit where they are based and meet them face to face and start my networking

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