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

October 15, 2009 at 7:24 am (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , , , , , , )

GLUTTONY-

bigstockphoto_Man_Looking_At_Computer_In_Des_5307220[1]Are you a person that thinks with regards to your job search, “more is better”?   Have you posted your resume to every job board, applied to every job on multiple company websites, and are working with multiple recruiters regarding various opportunities?  Are you finding that you aren’t getting any interviews, or if you are, not for the opportunities you want?  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, more is not better; more is just more.  Don’t share your resume with everyone.  There is something very attractive in exclusivity. Before you go blasting your resume to every job site on the planet, make a list of your abilities, experience and skills.  Now make a list of several companies that you would like to work for.  Do some research on the companies and determine which jobs at those specific companies you are qualified for and would enjoy doing.  The best approach will be to identify people at those companies that are responsible for hiring those  job functions and begin networking with them.  This may or may not be something you are able to determine or are comfortable doing.  In the alternative, identify one or two recruiters that have an expertise in the specific industry and work with them exclusively.    It is a much more powerful presentation to say “my candidate specifically asked to be considered for your organization” directly to the hiring manager, than having HR pull your resume down from multiple job boards and receive it from various sources.  Frankly, this makes you look desperate and hence unattractive.   THE AWFUL TRUTH is, you need to use restraint, and control your job search to get the job you really want.

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

October 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

GREED…
 bigstockphoto_Greed_3319144[1]Everyone knows the story of their sister’s best friend’s cousin’s roommate from college who took a new position and raised their salary from $45,000 per year to $110,000 per year with a personal driver and a company jet. The AWFUL TRUTH is, that it didn’t happen!! Typically, in your current position you should expect an annual 3% – 5% increase plus either an additional merit increase or bonus, based on your level within the organization and your previous year’s performance. Many times these merit increases or bonuses will be based on a wide range of factors, many which you will have NO control over. When changing companies, on average, we see a 7%-10% increase. If relocation is necessary, the increase may or may not take into consideration a cost of living difference. It is not Greedy to ask for and require the amount of money it takes for you to support you and your family.  However, if the money offered meets your needs, and the opportunity is going to further your career, then it is a sin for you to allow Greed to keep you from this great new job, because you heard someone, somewhere is making 10X more for the same position. The AWFUL TRUTH is, usually during salary negotiations, employers will end up paying more than they really wanted to and the candidate will accept less than their highest expectations.
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The Job Awful Truth’s: The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search

October 8, 2009 at 2:58 am (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , )

LUST….

bigstockphoto_Lipstick_On_Man_s_Collar_5316193[1]Your “dream” job is available, you’ve crafted a fantastic resume, sent it over to the proper contacts and now all that you hear are the crickets chirping!  Could it be you are lusting  after a job you really want, but are not yet qualified for? How realistic is the focus you have on the position you are entertaining? Are you maybe a little overzealous about this new position, so obsessed that you are stalking the recruiter and the hiring manager? If you have uttered the phrase “even though I have never done most of the tasks listed on the job description, but I know I would be great at it,  I just need an interview to prove  it,” then you need to quickly reevaluate whether pursuing this job is the best use of your time.  The AWFUL TRUTH is,  you should have AT LEAST  90%  of the requirements listed in the job description, before deciding to apply for it.  If you don’t meet 90% of the education requirements, experience, certifications, etc., then you are chasing after a job, that in reality just does not make sense for you.  Aggressively pursuing this job does not make you seem determined; it makes you appear to be a poor listener and somewhat desperate.  Frankly, desperation is not attractive.  The AWFUL TRUTH is, if you lust after a certain position, make sure and get the additional education or certifications required.  Pursue opportunities to learn the essential functions of your “dream” job with your current organization. Your boss will appreciate that you are taking initiative to learn new things and your marketability will improve significantly.
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