EP 1473 Another one of those stupid career mistakes too many people make that cost them PLENTY!

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I debated whether to make this into a "stupid interview mistakes," or a "stupid career mistake." I eventually decide is about a person in their career and how they viewed it, rather than just simply an interview mistakes. The mistake I'm going to address today is not being clear about what you want and where you are going.

Think about for second. If you are driving from New York to Boston or from Chicago to Kansas City or from Kansas City to Los Angeles and you didn't have a roadmap or GPS and were not very clear about where you wanted to get to if you just got into your car and drove, how would you know if you got the right place? Often, people going to their job search and view their career kind of like the leaf in the movie, "Forrest Gump" that floats around from place to place, eventually landing somewhere. Is that really how you want to manage were unmanage your career?

I think most people want to have a clear idea w they are aiming for. Instead of letting corporations make that decision for them. To be clear, if you are not qualified, you have to develop the qualifications to get there. After all, no one year person is going to make the C suite in their 2nd year unless it is their own company. When job hunters look at their career and decide they want to look for job, that is as far as they really think about it. They start looking for a job. I don't care if you are a junior person or a senior individual that is how people conduct themselves more times than not. It's foolish. It's self-destructive.

If you are not sure, you need to spend time talking with people and getting advice. Maybe, coaching for the picture. Here, I'm not to sell myself to you. I am available and there are many people you can talk with who can help you sort it out and point you in the right direction.

The mistake here is not really being clear about it. As a result, you want going to interviews and firms try to persuade you that their job is wonderful and you forget the benchmark against your own aspirations. You are not evaluated against your own needs except for money, location . . Concrete stuff but not the bigger picture. The bigger picture is what you want to do with your professional life and how does this role fit into it?

Thus, whether you're interviewing or looking at your career in general, it winds up being a huge mistake that many people make.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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