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Are You Engaging In Job Search Sabotage?

Yes, dear reader, there are instances in everyone’s  job search where they encounter bumps in the road.  In fact, it may seem as if the road is riddled with obstacles.

If you are frustrated by lack of responses, please consider that there may be something or some THINGS which you are doing to get in your own way.

In job searches, as in life in general, you need to be one of your best friends, and not your own worst enemy. What do I mean by that?

By way of an illustration, someone whose professional opinion we trusted once mentioned that a colleague was “their own worst enemy”.    They had been sabotaging their own success in the communications field by doing several of the very things we’ll be telling you to AVOID DOING.

Once thus alerted to your mistakes, you can get out of your own way, and bask in the spotlight of your well-deserved success.

It takes a real friend to help you to be the very best that you can be…so let’s see about helping you to befriend YOURSELF!

First of all, see if any of these habits resonate with you.

Hold a mirror up to yourself. Do you SEE yourself doing any of these things, perhaps without realizing how much they are keeping you from reaching your potential?

Do you:

Put your former employers in a bad light?  It’s not only unsportsperson-like behavior to paint those who paid you previously for doing a day’s work, or those who are paying you at present, in anything less than glowing terms…it’s also completely unflattering to you as an employee. Why?

The new employers/would-be employers will be left wondering when it might be THEIR turn to be spoken of in that manner!

It’s not going to look as if you were concerned with the substantial tasks and issues of the job; instead, it  will appear to be the case that you frittered your time with suspicions, and with idle gossiping.

Additionally, if you were employed for any period of time, the interviewers will likely wonder if there was a reason that you did not up and look for other work immediately, or as soon as the situation became as unbearable as you made it out to be!

Don’t give your interviewers cause to ponder such things.   Move on to the good news.

By way of a solution, it’s entirely possible, indeed quite PLAUSIBLE, that you will be able to come up with two or three good things to say about your ex-bosses.

Stick to positive remarks.

Prepare several pleasant anecdotes to present when mentioning your former employers.

Speaking of good news, stress that you sharpened your skillsets there…and that things can only get better from here on in!

Moving on to how you might unwittingly sabotage your career, do you:

Do things which might be construed as unscrupulous?  Integrity is always a good idea, no matter what…and certainly when you are looking for work.

Remember:  news travels fast, and once you try to cut corners or conceal something (a better offer, perhaps?) or even lie—do you feel tempted to exaggerate your accomplishments?– you might end up tarnishing your reputation for a long, long time.

In a word: don’t.

Be exacting when talking about your job duties in all past jobs.   And when you are discussing compensation, don’t pad what you are earning. You can quote a ballpark figure, but realize that verification is pretty common in most fields. Some interviewers won’t bother to verify–if all their other ducks are in a row–but many will.

Too, let all parties be in the loop when you need to weigh several options or offers.  Hey, there’s nothing wrong with asking one or more companies who are interested in you to sweeten the deal.

It’s called “wooing” prospects, and there’s no limit to how many carrot sticks interviewers can come up with.  (As many as it takes, right? )

As long as you’re reflecting on how important it is to watch your manners in the workplace when you’re going on job interviews, do you:

Rush through your resume, CV, cover letter, Bio, mailers and business-related e-mails (or texts)…even SKYPE or HANGOUTS chats…to the point where you don’t take time to proofread what you write?   Ouch! Nothing spells lack of success like typos, grammar mistakes, incomplete syntax and incorrect information.

Sit down and read through EVERYTHING job-related and then go back and re-read it.  Final tip:  When you think your job hunting materials are impeccably composed, do yourself a favor and give it another read-through.

Chances are you’ll find yet one or two more glaring errors which you almost missed the first seven read-throughs.  It happens!

Another way in which you might sabotage your efforts at finding an ideal job match is:

To think that you can let down your guard and post sloppy messages or write unprofessional entries online.  There is no way that you can completely obscure your online presence, once forged. Why not plan ahead and review your online footprint?  Edit and tweak what you can.  Keep it wholesome, positive…and professional.

Ask yourself:  if I were contemplating hiring me, and I saw my online presence, would I feel comfortable offering me a contract?  Your answer will determine how many posts you should delete, if you can.

Finally, perhaps you’ve overlooked this action. It’s uncanny how many job seekers just don’t think that the following is apt to throw a monkey wrench in the job-search proceedings.

Do you:

Fail to keep your job search process in perspective?   Do you become so tense over finding a job that you become overly emotional, or act befuddled or desperate during job interviews?

Are you working so hard at finding a job that you don’t take a break?

All of these actions will cause you to feel imbalanced.

There will be days when you don’t fare well – at least it will seem that way to you.  Don’t let it get you down.

Remember that you have much to offer employers, and that there will be upsides and downsides to  every effort.

When you focus exclusively on the down sides, you will skewer the way you perceive things.  You may become frustrated and lose your focus. Move away from that mindset. Do not engage in a pity party.

You’ve got a job to do, while you go about the business of finding work, and you’ve got to stay motivated. However, it’s not the end of the world. Truly it isn’t.  You’ll find a job.  And everything will work out for the best.  It always does.

All you need to do is dedicate a set number of hours every day to the task—without fail.

Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.  Leave your socializing and your household tasks for non-business hours.

Watch out for those bumps on the road, but don’t stress. It’s perfectly doable.

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