9 Ways You Sabotage Your Job Search BEFORE You Interview

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Job hunting can be a big slog if you are creating friction that sabotages your job search. Although there are thousands of ways to do it, here I’m going to discuss 9 ways people sabotage their job search.

00:00 Introduction
00:34 The first 3 ways
02:13 The second 3 ways
03:30 The last 3 ways
04:41 Outro

9 Ways People Sabotage Themselves on Interviews

Today I’m going to talk with you about nine ways that job hunters can sabotage their chances of getting a job before they even show up to an interview.

I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. People hire me for no BS career advice and coaching globally, because I make things so much easier for people related to a job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, dealing with workplace issues, and so much more.

So the first way, people sabotage themselves, is not doing their research. Before you even apply for a job, it’s important to do your research and learn as much as you can about a firm and the position, because this is going to help you tailor your resume and cover letter to a specific job. And it will also give you a better understanding of what they’re looking for in someone.

So the second way is not having a strong resume. It’s a first impression. So it’s important to make sure it’s well written, error-free, highlight your skills and experience and tailored to the specific job you’re interested in. In addition, you can’t make yourself look like everyone else . . .  everyone else’s resume. If it’s like everyone else’s, why would they choose you to meet except by luck, you want to stand out in a good way, and show how you can solve their problem.

Third is not using a cover letter. A cover letter is an opportunity to demonstrate to a hiring manager how you fit the role in greater detail. So if you’re emailing your resume, it can be in the body of the email. If you are, heaven forbid, applying for a job through an applicant tracking system, it can be page one. Thus it can lay out the exact requirements of the position, and how long and how recently you’ve used those skills, or performed the tasks that you’ve seen are in the job, or a part of the job.

Number four is not setting realistic expectations. If you’re unrealistic about your qualifications for getting this job, you’re more likely to give up because you’ll keep getting rejected. By setting realistic expectations for yourself and not getting discouraged, you won’t risk giving up after the first job you apply for rejects you or ghosts you.

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Number five, not believing in yourself, and thus not inspiring someone that you are the solution to what they need. This is about your attitude and how it oozes through in everything you do. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will, right? It’s important to have confidence in your abilities and to sell yourself each step along the way.

Six, not networking. Networking is the way to learn about job openings and get your foot in the door. Make an effort to connect with people in your field and let them know you’re looking for work. Make an effort to connect with people from your past and let them know you’re looking for work.

Seven, not taking care of yourself. Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is very important. It’s about maintaining how you present yourself so that you don’t get sluggish. Get enough sleep, eat properly for you, exercise regularly. It’s going to help you stay positive and focused.

Which leads to another way which is not staying positive and not being persistent. Job hunting can be tough. It’s important to stay positive. Don’t give up and don’t let rejection get you down. Keep your head up and keep trying. Everyone wants to be interviewed for every job that they’re interested in, or for every job that they apply for. But that’s not going to happen. You have to maintain a winning attitude and be persistent.

Lastly, number nine, not being patient. It takes time to find a job. Don’t expect to find the perfect one right away. Be patient and keep looking until you find the right opportunity.

I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. My website is TheBigGameHunter.us Go to the blog, go exploring. There’s gonna be a lot there to help you. I also want to mention, look for my video courses, books and guides. There’s a lot there that’ll help you as well and it’s going to shortcut all the efforts you’re going to have to put into learning about how to find a job.

And if you’re interested in my coaching, you can schedule time for coaching with me or if you just have a few questions schedule time for what I call a trusted advisor services so that this way I can help by answering your questions.

Lastly, connect with me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter. Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great!

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People hire Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter to provide No BS Career Advice globally because he makes many things in peoples’ career easier. Those thingsJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter can involve job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, career transition, as well as advice about resolving workplace issues. 

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