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Frustration and Negativity: Job Search Sabotage

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Yesterday, I posted the example of the worst job inquiry I've ever received which has prompted a few questions from people who have been unemployed for an extended time and relate to the frustration pouring out of the letter. Frustration is an undeniable and natural reaction during the job search.

Simply put - the economy sucks right now. Many very talented people are out of work or under-employed. This is even more of a reason you need to put the extra effort into the job search and into how you present yourself throughout the process. You are your number one fan and it's up to you to sell yourself every time you walk through an interviewer's door or send an employment inquiry. It is your job, despite your frustration, the economy, the doom and gloom, the rejection letters, and the unwillingness of others, to put your best foot forward and do it with a smile on your face if you plan to go back to work anytime soon.

A company will not hire you because:

  • You have been unemployed for X number of months or years
  • You have personal financial obligations or need health insurance
  • You are going through a divorce
  • You need more of a work/life balance
  • For any reason thrown out there that has to do with your personal needs

    A company will hire you because:

    • Your background fits the job
    • AND your professional experiences and skills add value to an organization
    • AND your energy and enthusiasm are contagious and the team wants to share office space with you
    • AND you have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new things

    It is your responsibility to demonstrate this to any prospective employer. Check the negative attitude and frustration at the door. It's easy to get down on yourself and anything else the stands in your way during a long job search, but voicing it, even eluding to it, will not help you one bit.

    The question is how does one stay positive during a job search when nobody seems to want to help you? Where do you channel the frustration? How does one revive and advance their job search when the possibilities seem limited? More about that tomorrow.

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    How Not To Ask For Help In The Job Search

    The example below is one of the worst examples of an employment inquiry I have ever received. You don't need to read more than the first paragraph to see where this is heading. But read it thoroughly, maybe even twice.

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    Is it just me or does the negative tone and desperation of this email just make you cringe? Aside from the negativity, the unnecessary sarcasm, and a few typos, it is obvious that this candidate sent this blanket inquiry to dozens of recruiters. Big time fail. I can't imagine I'm the only person who wouldn't feel comfortable putting someone who presents himself like this in front of a client.

    A couple weeks ago, Stephanie Lloyd made a good point in her guest post on my blog about how candidates shouldn't come across as desperate in their job search. Career Hub also did a good piece recently called 10 Ways To Avoid Sabotaging Your Job Search By Being Desperate Godsend hd

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    Telling candidates not to sound desperate always raises a lot of questions, especially for those who are out of work and need a job to pay the bills. We all need to pay the bills. We may have alimony, mortgages, credit card bills, student loans, and child support - the list goes on and on. Your financial obligations are a given, so bringing it up in the job search is completely unnecessary. I get numerous inquiries each week asking for help with blatant statements about personal financial situations. Don't be that person.

    Tips for writing a good employment inquiry letter:

      1. Make it personal. Remind the person where you met, how you found his or her name, or who gave you the recommendation.

      2. Explain why you are writing and exactly what information you would like to find out. People don't know how to help you if they don't know what you need.

      3. Stay positive and cheerful. Do exactly the opposite of the example above.

      4. Market an accomplishment or two. Make people want to call you.

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