Maybe It Isn’t The Job Market |

EP 1941 Struggling to get results? Maybe it isn’t the job market?

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I was talking to someone yesterday, doing a little bit of research for project I am working on. He is someone who has been with this current firm for about 10 years. Good background. Resin through the ranks. All that happy kind of stuff you want to see in an employee. He has decided to move elsewhere. He says he’s stuck. That's okay. I understand that. That happens. But he's running into a roadblock. The roadblock is he knows exactly how it's done at his current firm but he has not been exposed to other organizations. He has started to blame the job market. It’s not the job market. It’s the choice he made.

If you're someone who is in a situation where you're not getting the interview results that you want, have you practiced interviewing? I don’t mean just simply flippantly practicing the answers but doing mock interviews with someone who is able to critique you. Who can talk with you about your experience.

You know, if you're in a technology field of some sort – – engineering, IT , whatever – – are you someone who has practiced answers to predictable questions with a friend of yours who can really grill you hard to see how you respond to a grilling? Do you answer the basic questions well? Do you know how to answer behavioral questions well? I bring this up because, most the time, the answer is no. I know that because when I do it, I sit and listen to the results that I get from people.

It's not the job market. It's you. You not working at finding a job.

So, I’ll just simply if you want to keep getting these results and eventually stumble into something by accident, keep doing what you are doing. It's okay. You’ll go through a lot of trial and error. You will go through the heartache. You’ll have to listen to a lot of your friends go, “So, how’s the job search going?” And not being able to report any sort of results.

You have to change it up. You got to do things differently and you’ve got to get some help. Most of you don’t even know how badly you interview. You don’t even know what you're doing wrong. I was looking at someone’s resume yesterday-- spelling error in it. He didn’t see it. It happens . . . And repetitive words and the marketing lingo in a technology resume. . . It’s ridiculous.

You know it's so stale and in some offensive these days that someone talks about an old language like it’s out of the 50s. It’s ridiculous!

So, get some help, dammit. Work with someone who understands what you do and who can guide you through your resume, critique it for you and turn things around. Otherwise, you are going to interview for jobs that you really desperately want and you are going to fail. You will have to tell your friends how you failed, look at your wife or husband or partner and tell them how you failed.

It’s awful. Just get some help, okay?


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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