By Cynthia Simmons
We all hear the tips, tricks, networking secrets, expert advice from executive recruiters and job coaches. And, yes, from our friends, former co-workers, relatives (mothers, parents, older siblings, younger ones), and any authority figures in our vicinities – be they geographically proximate, or daily electronic companions communicating from afar. We are getting a superabundance of help and advice. A superfluity of advice.
Having only one pair of eyes, we can look in only one direction at a time. And we can walk in only one direction at a time. But if we are constantly turning and defying our physical limitations, are we turning in circles? Maybe even standing still? Perhaps even, stuck?
So, today, I am addressing some ways in which the job search can fail. How you can fail your job search.
Here’s how to fail:
- Not apply for jobs.
- See a job and sit and think about it until you feel inspired enough to write a convincing pitch letter to send as your cover letter. Wait several days… a week, a month?
- Not send a cover letter at all with your resume.
- Write your resume, cover letter, and application, bless them, and send them out into the world, alone, and then never follow up.
- Never call to find out the hiring cycle. Never even take the time to hunt for someone who knows someone who knows… the hiring manager, or at least some person at the company you are courting.
Speaking of courting—job search is a courtship.
And know that, like the reasons that fellow never called you or that girl wouldn’t give you her number, you may never know why you weren’t hired or even called for an interview.
Your best choices are to gather up your confidence, put on your dancing shoes, and be ready to dance with someone else.
Maybe you feel like a wallflower. That no one will ever ask you to dance. Are you dressed to dance? Is your head up and are you smiling? Do you look like you’d like to dance?
It’s Valentine’s Day. Don’t let some stupid old job break your heart.
Cynthia Simmons has a background in publishing and publications.
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