Keep in mind that companies are seeking highly motivated, hipped, with it and on top of it employees to help them to meet their goals, solve their problems and create innovative strategic contributions to their companies to help them grow. If you’ve been out of a job for a while, maybe you fall in one of these 12 categories as noted by New York University for reasons that employers are turning down applicants. Test yourself, evaluate yourself, then adjust yourself if you fit even one of them. Now let’s look at the 12:
1. Fails to ask questions about the potential job. In this age of competition for even the most basic positions, (did you realize that 600 applicants applied for food service jobs recently at the Nashville zoo?) no other competitive edge will help you to stand out than your research based specific questions about the company, the job or the latest company initiatives. You can find this information on the website of any company under the press section.
2. Never heard of the company. A simple Google search will solve this problem. When you do not take time to learn about the company prior to an interview, you are deemed as lacking initiative. A certain trait that a company can’t afford to bring into their workplace.
3. No interest in community or related activities. Who would you rather engage in conversation, someone who is knowledgeable about their passion and displays it in their community events whether its skeet shooting, golf, adult volleyball or adult softball or someone who does nothing, is interested in nothing? Ponder that one.
4. Low moral standards and lazy. Wow! Simply at the top of any hiring managers ‘to do list’. Grab ya one of those folks and bring them right on in. NOT !
5. Unhappy married life. This gets into the section about being too familiar in a job interview. Chances are if you are wearing your problems on your sleeve enough to share them in a job interview, you are not focused or mature enough to handle the challenges of a new job with expectations of doing well on it. See Job Interviews for Dummies by Joyce Lain Kennedy to learn some top strategies to interview mastery.
6. Lack of maturity. See #7
7. Making excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavorable factors in record. This negative factor requires self-analysis. Once you have been rejected and rejected and maybe received some negative feedback, hopefully this will help you start your self-analysis on how you present yourself verbally and start the ball rolling for improved changes. See Work Sister Work by the Shields sisters to give insight on developing yourself.
8. Overemphasizes money, only interested in the best financial offer. When you are aware of your value and the expectations of that value in your professional area, it then becomes a matter of salary negotiation. Chances are you have not arrived at that point in your professional career as you fall into category #6 and #7. However, when you are ready see Jack Chapman’s, “How to make $1000 a minute” tips on salary negotiations or click here www.tinyURL.com/12Mistakes for 12 Mistakes job hunters and career changers make. Jack Chapman rocks like a rock star !!!
9. Lack of confidence and poise, nervous. Let me refer you to career coaching, psychotherapy sessions or your local clergy for assistance on improving in this area.
10. Lack of planning for career, no goals. So how’s that working for ya? Even Dr. Phil understands that we all need to plan or we fail to plan. Once again, companies need sharp, talented professionals who know where they are going and can verbally communicate those goals realistically. Let me give you one bit of advice. Focus on your interests, aptitude and values, then look at how you can position them in a “What’s In It For Your Employer” stance.
11. Inability to express themselves clearly, poor voice, diction and grammar. Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding… Are you beginning to see that this is why you do not have a job offer or interviews lined up? Yep. Practice.
12. Overbearing, overaggressive, conceited, superiority complex, a “know it all”. Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding. Can we say self-awareness? Re-read all 11 to get some ideas on how to calm yourself down.
It’s no sin to suffer in one or more of these areas, it’s a sin to stay here. See www.daveramsey.com and go to his recommended readings sections to get more information on how to present your best self. He often states that we are the same except for the people we meet and the places we go. If you can go anywhere, let me direct you to the local library or bookstore. Read, listen to books on audio, take an inventory and bring out your values that will help an employer understand without a doubt that your skills should be evaluated for their job opening. If I have left out one of the reasons that you have remained unemployed, please email me at letmewriteitforyou at gmail dot com.
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