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6 Hazardous Roads to an Unsuccessful Job Search
1. The rough road
You are not finishing anything completely to anyone’s satisfaction. You read job search advice but rarely follow through completely. Then you go to someone who you respect saying you have tried everything. Your resume, cover letter, and other necessary marketing materials are done, but what about your social profiles, LinkedIn profile, or other efforts completing your branding? Why are they incomplete? LinkedIn picture? Other profiles incomplete? How about your networking efforts? Are you having great conversations? You get the point. You know what happens when you go down a road needing paving? Your car gets damaged in more ways than one. The same will happen in your job search when it’s incomplete. Your job search efforts could be easier if you don’t finish strong.
2. The long unwinding road
Did you know your references can sabotage your job search efforts? Are you sure that the people you have listed as references can speak to your competencies? You must know there are areas that your references can speak in your favor. Do you know what they will say? A few months ago, a client got the interview, completed the entire process until her reference check process didn’t pan out. The interviewer knew (or, at least, had familiarity) with her boss, and asked about her. Her boss replied, “She can’t be trusted!” Of course, my client was devastated but understand this could go on if you are not sure what your references will say. If they can’t speak positively, it will be viewed negatively. Know what your references will say and avoid this road that will never end.
3. You underestimated how where the road leads
YOU UNDERESTIMATED THE DEPTH OF BACKGROUND CHECKS.I had a client who lied to me about her job situation but didn’t know I knew the truth at the time. I recommended her to a friend who interviewed her, impressed by her, but the FBI background check was problematic. Not that they were able to verify what was wrong other than many other things that were unverifiable. This grey line is the road you don’t know where it leads. I include a link to a report on the blog on background checks. You should know what each job you leave will say about you. This unnecessarily lengthens your job search and undermine your efforts if your former employer is unfavorably confirming employment. Now many companies today take the position of not giving much information at all. Don’t assume your old employer is among them. Call the ones you’re relying on to confirm employment. Ask them what are saying? If you’re getting ready to leave or more importantly, terminated, how will the employer communicate it. In many cases, you can negotiate or request to just confirm employment. I know there different thoughts on it, but I have had two clients in particular who went and asked the verbiage to change.
4. The indecisive road
You don’t know where to go. Sometimes, you quit or claim some type of moratorium.
5. This road went out of your way. You ignored the detour signs
Many job seekers don’t sell themselves well during their job search, although there is a slight anomaly if you don’t know what you’re best looks like. You never thought about it. Or, in some cases, someone told you, and it’s not what you wanted to hear. If you are unsure of your best features, then look at your old performance reviews, ask others who worked with you, or take strength assessments. Starting there will trigger other areas that you excel, then you’ll be crystal clear what you can contribute.
6. The road only you know
No response to your requests for help because you offer no value. Are you the same person that keeps saying that my network sucks? You don’t give, share, or interact! Like a road no one knows where to find it, it’s a single route you keep to yourself. Networking shouldn’t be an occasional event in your life; it warrants a lifestyle. The road only you know means several hazards within itself:
- You can’t re-route right away. It’s likely you’ll not find someone right away to redirect you
Maps have hesitations. A landmark ‘s hard to spot on a map.
- You don’t know the conditions of the road. It helps, to know the terms of the market you seek a career in
- You get lost and don’t ask directions, or you don’t admit being lost
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