Career Action Blog

Job Search Enemy Number 1

A job search has many enemies. You can probably name them quickly: job seekers not knowing what work they want, employers who don’t respond, and onerous online job applications.

But there are other formidable enemies of a successful job search. These foes include the following:

  • Procrastination
  • Lack of confidence
  • Disorganization
  • Not knowing where to start

If your job seekers are not aware of their job search weaknesses or have difficulty dealing with them, their job hunt will spin its wheels. In a nutshell, job search enemy number 1 is themselves.

You can, however, help your job hunters with questions like this:

  • Do you work on your job search every day?
  • Do you apply for any job (even if it doesn’t fit your background and skills)?
  • How do you maintain a positive attitude?
  • How do you stay organized?
  • Do you spend time networking, calling employers, and seeking help and support?

Job seekers' answers to these questions will reveal whether they are sabotaging their job search.

What can you do? Suggest job hunters take one small step to overcome their job search barriers. For example, why not attend a job search workshop or job club?  Perhaps they can take a career assessment to learn their true calling. Or maybe they can make one phone call to an employer of interest.

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