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Without singing, I use two song lyrics to point out who that enemy is.

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Now the provocative question I'm asking here is, "who's your biggest enemy during your job search?"
So, a lot of people blame recruiters. A lot of people will blame their resume and the resume writer. A lot of people will blame corporations and HR; they'll blame everyone except the real answer. Now, I could be singing these lyrics and I'm not going to. I'll just simply start by saying there was an old Frank Zappa song where the lyrics were, "what's the ugliest part of your body? What's the ugliest parts you can find?" And the answer became "your mind."
You get in your own way through your ignorance, and through your own unwillingness to change. You know, Michael Jackson had the lyric, "I'm looking at the man in the mirror, I'm asking him to change his ways." Well, folks, you are your biggest enemy. You are the one that gets yourself into trouble. You are the person who's not going to wind up changing, who's not going to learn what he or she needs to know in order to be effective professionally. You're just going to point fingers and say, "Why don't they just take me the way I am? I'm perfect."
But, you're not. You don't learn how to job hunt; you don't learn the craft that you have to the greatest level; you wind up doing what you think is good enough and when you discover that it isn't, lo and behold, you get annoyed and angry and frustrated. Frustration, by the way, is anger that's directed at yourself.
And then you turn around and lash out at others. I want to help you, whether it's me or someone else, get the help that you need in order to be effective with your search, with skills development in your profession . . . But social skills are different than employment skills.
And as I've said many times, the skills needed to find a job are different and complement the ones they do the job. If you believe that you are expert at what you do, then the focus has to be on being better at your job search. And, unless you change that, you're going to keep learning by trial and error, constant disappointment and your lack of belief in yourself that will hold back, not just simply on the search, but beyond that.
Hire someone to support you. Again, whether it's me or someone else get help, because you don't have to figure it out on your own, nor is complaining worthwhile. You know, there was a quote I read recently where someone said, "I'm smart. I should know how."
Well, is that the excuse that you give yourself, so that you blame yourself? It's all fixable.
It's all fixable, you can learn but the question is do you learn the hard way or the easy way


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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