Is it possible to sabotage your own job search efforts?
Sadly, it is. (this post might not be suitable for those who can't handle directness well 🙂)
And, the attitude job seeker has, most likely, has a lot to do with it.
Here are the most common situations I often see people in, that hinder their efforts to find a new job fast:
🔴 Determination to be a Jack-of-all-trades
Being open to various opportunities is fine, but if you categorize yourself as someone who can “do it all,” you risk appealing to no one.
I often work with clients who struggle to set their job search direction and refuse to let go of anything unrelated to their target job. It’s not easy. But the truth is, there’s no way a job search can succeed if the approach is undefined and all over the place.
🔴 Not taking help from anyone
There are many people who feel that they can handle job search all by themselves. If you are amongst them, you are probably mistaken. If your search is without results, it might be that you have gone wrong somewhere – but, all on your own, you will hardly know where. Turning to others for advice and help can be (and often is) a game changer.
🔴 Giving yourself excuses about why you can’t get a job
The industry is hard to break into. You’re too old to get a new job. You’re too young to be in management. There aren’t enough jobs out there. The economy is bad.
Stop telling yourself what you can’t do, and start owning your abilities, talents, and strengths. Go get what you want – with confidence.
I know, I know, many will say all this puts the blame on job seekers’ shoulders… But hear me out – you can change only things you control. Everything else will only drain your energy and confidence.
So, chin up, and make changes if you see no results from your job search efforts after a while.
You’ve got this.
Work smarter, not harder. 🍀