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9 Deadly Sins of Job Hunting

Ok, these may not be deadly but they can slow down your search. Take care of these and your search will go smoothly because you’ll be building relationships and learning during your entire search.

You may not want to address these issues… but you’ll be glad you did.

I borrowed some of these from 7 Deadly Sales Sins.

1. You don’t know who you are so you can’t concisely tell others. Seems simple enough but trust me, if it’s been a while since you’ve looked for a job… you probably don’t know yourself as well as you need to. Look into those dark corners, root out your foibles and shortcomings and learn to say great things about yourself and your capabilities.

2. You don’t know what you want. If you don’t know where you’re going; any road will take you there. How can others help you if you don’t know what you need or want. I know it’s easier to define what you don’t want. Start there.

3. You don’t know how to easily help others (or worse you don’t understand why it’s important.) Being of service, listening, making referrals, introducing like-minded folks, etc. it’s not hard but you do have to stop thinking about yourself long enough to consider what to do.

4. You don’t understand what recruiters, hiring managers or human resource people need. If you put yourself in their shoes for a minute, you’ll be much more effective at getting their attention.

5. You’re afraid. We all are, you are not alone. Some of us just “fake it ’til we make it.” Take a page from that book.

6. You stay in your house and tell people you can’t network because you’re: shy, introverted, technical, a geek, blah, blah, blah. Get over it. Most of us don’t want to meet a bunch of strangers, but we do it.

7. You don’t follow up. You know, thank you notes you talk yourself out of.

8. You don’t have a process for your search. Do you have a spreadsheet of your contacts, companies and connections? Do you have a plan to meet 7-10 new people a week? Do you have a job search ‘buddy’ who can help you? Are you learning new skills?

9. You don’t ask for the job or you ask for every job. Be clear about what you want, who you are and when the time is right, be sure to be clear that you believe this is the job for you and why.

Bonus: You don’t have a complete LinkedIn profile with at least 200 contacts. sigh… what are you waiting for?

I believe in you. Go!








Photo Credit: MelB Handovermouth


2 Responses
  • Carl Hoffman
    September 14, 2012

    I have luddites all the time ask me for help in finding a job. I ask them about any social site and they get antagonistic. With your permission I would like to print out this entry and use it as a hard copy because the information is valuable. On the Bonus section, I have a complete profile and 494 connections on LinkedIn but I am MISSING your connection. So I will send you another invite because I want to get 500+. I am competitive and love to surpass goals.
    PS. I took my blog down about 4 years ago when CNN quoted me and called me a gadfly for my antiwar rhetoric. When it feels right I get another one going.

  • Deborah
    September 14, 2012

    Please use my blog in anyway that serves a greater good. Looking forward to connecting to you Carl. I thought we were already connected! Blogging is a personal venture. You have much to share so I hope you’ll consider sharing. Maybe some of that competitive spirit could help the unemployed move and shake. I challenged my undergrad students to get a mere 12 connections and most are doing well.

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