Job searches can be frustrating things, which is why I am a fan of having a plan in place and sticking with it. Here is how NOT to react to that frustration…
This article (linked below) was sent to me by a recruiter friend who asked me to share it…she also said “make sure you remind your readers that posting dumb things on the internet is never appropriate.”
In a nutshell, the subject of this article is girl in her early twenties, who is trying to land a social media director job in corporate America…apparently she isn’t having much luck, because she posted a blog condemning the stupidity and short sightedness of those doing the hiring for that role… she went further, saying how her age made her (and her generation) the only ones qualified for these positions, and anyone older was woefully out of touch. Here is the blog, if you want to read the whole thing:
This is an extreme example, and I know most of you won’t take to the web and condemn an entire group of people for not hiring you, but if you are thinking about it, don’t. Emails and blogs are forever, and they will haunt you if you aren’t careful. Watch those Facebook and LinkedIn posts too, everyone is watching.
As I read this girls blog, one thing kept coming to my mind…and that was, “if she keeps getting passed over, maybe the fault is hers.”
I know that runs counter to what is taught in the self esteem factories known as our education system, but I will say, the younger set is often guilty of a self esteem that often isn’t in line with reality.
REALITY CHECK – We need to be willing to look in the mirror honestly, and ask if we are our own biggest obstacle.
One thing this blog illustrates, and that is the need to try and understand what the hiring authority wants…you do this while researching target industries, and you do this during the interview process…I guarantee, if she met the need, and the hiring authority knew it, she’d have been hired by now…another thing to try is asking DURING THE INTERVIEW if they have any objections to your candidacy…then you can explain and clarify further.
A bad attitude is bad enough,,,a bad attitude sprinkled with self righteousness is childlike, and has no place in the job search… Most of you wouldn’t do something like this, but be careful your frustrations don’t manifest in other ways, such as being short with hiring authorities, or avoiding making those follow up calls.
A solid plan and positive attitude will take you a lot further than venting
Until next time, I wish you all the best.
Coach Tom Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach.
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