I was invited by a local Chinese group to give a talk about job hunting. Overall, it was a good one. There were around 20 people and I spoke for around half an hour.
I mainly talked about job hunting and career thoughts, using myself as an example, since I feel more confident to talk to the crowd this way. While I was talking about jobs, I realized that I had too many unnecessary words, etc. Probably I need more practice, say, with a camera, etc.
But, what the heck. I don't want to be proficient in speaking, rather, I do want to be very good at writing ;-) So, I give myself a pass for this job hunting talk.
Oh, by the way, the audiences mentioned that I did great. That's great compliment. Maybe they are just flattering me, maybe they truly felt they learned some interview tips, tricks.
While after I gave the talk, I also realized that job hunting in the end, is more of a matter whether the company likes you or not. If they like you, then, you get the job. Otherwise, even if you are prefect, you still couldn't get that dream job. I guess like anything else, it is a matter of luck.
There was another guy speaking about interview tips after my talk. It was very good. The biggest interview and job hunting tip I got from his talk, is to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Be unique and think about what makes you stand out. There are people that are better than you and have more skills than you, so what you could do to beat these other candidates and get the job? You have to show you are different, you can do the job and do it better than others...