The Job Awful Truth’s: The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search

October 22, 2009 at 10:23 am (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search)

WRATH ….

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Do you hate your boss?  Are you angry because you were passed over for a position that you were clearly the best qualified for? Are you feeling frustrated and unappreciated in your current position?   Sometimes these feelings are a good thing, they are just the push you need to leave your comfort zone and actually pursue your next best career step.   However, you need to put all of your negative feelings aside during your job search, this is not the arena to exact your wrath.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, nothing will submarine a great opportunity for you faster than speaking negatively of your current or previous employer.  Your interviewer is not your counselor, they do not need to understand why you are so angry or what a big jerk your boss is.  All an interviewer sees, in those situations, is a person who will be trashing their company the same way next year and a potential employee problem.   You have to put a positive spin on why you are looking at the position.  Speak in positive terms about what this opportunity can do for your career, for example,  “I think I could grow with this company and have a better chance at advancement”, “I love the team philosophy here and could really thrive in this environment.”  When your motivation to make a job change is prompted by feelings such as anger, wrath or rage, then you need to keep that to yourself.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, you need to put on a happy face when interacting with others during your job search, and then if you really need to, go home and punch a wall.

©Copyright, 2009, Nicole Dukehart and Jennifer Bruton. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

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The Job Awful Truth’s: The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search

October 19, 2009 at 10:15 am (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , )

ENVY –
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Do you find yourself thinking things like “I can’t believe Bob just got that new job, my numbers were better than his?”  Do you spend precious moments obsessing over the fact that you and Charlie have the same skill set and comparable experience, but he is getting 10X the number of interviews?  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, it is a significant waste of your time to focus on other people’s job searches.  You will be much more successful in your own job search if you focus on yourself.  Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, your energy is better spent identifying ways to improve your resume, acquiring new skills to make you more marketable, and networking with those that can help you get hired in the positions you seek.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, being envious of someone else’s success only takes away from your own.

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The Job Awful Truth’s: The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search

October 16, 2009 at 10:39 am (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , )

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Possibly the most severe of the 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search is Pride. It is a sad situation when your ego grows so large that you will not consider or will pass on a new position based solely on the title. Being specifically focused on a position’s title gives the impression that you think you are better or more important than others and can appear to be arrogant rather than confident. When you hit a crossroads in your career, you should evaluate all new opportunities on a wide range of variables. Someone truly committed to making the best career choice will evaluate the scope of responsibility for each position; a company’s organizational structure; the management responsibilities you will have; the company’s mission and value statements; and the company’s reputation in the industry. There might be a valid argument for certain companies to evaluate their titles against those of their competitors to stay innovative in their market. Even so, THE AWFUL TRUTH is, sometimes the best job for you might not have the best title.

©Copyright, 2009, Nicole Dukehart. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

 

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