Earlier articles have talked about the silver bullet, or best thing that you can do in your job search. But I think that we need to dedicate a little copy to the worst thing too.
So, what's the worst thing you ask? Well, let's look at poor Tiger Woods and the drama that his little fender bender is creating in the media. I have no idea what the real story is. And frankly, I don't care either as I don't think it's any of my business. But tell that to the media outlets who are all over him like leeches-they don't care if it was just him rushing out to be the first one in line at Best Buy for black Friday. They only care about one thing: the fact that he is not really talking. It may be big and it may be little, but every day that goes by without someone taking the bull by the horns and saying, "OK-this is it, deal with it.", the wonder grows.
So, job seekers, you wonder why you should care? Well, it's important to face issues head on when you are job seeking as these may be the issues that are keeping you from getting work. Think about some of the things that you wish you could change about yourself, your search, or your attitude:
Is it that your skills, training, or certifications are out of date?
Is your resume a poor reflection of both your job description and professional impact?
Have you had a lot of jobs in a short amount of time?
Are you nearing retirement age, but still need to work for years?
Let's face it-all of these things and more can be barriers to getting someone to pick up the phone and call you. But the worst thing, I mean the WORST thing you can do in your search is ignore the obvious and hide under the covers. I get to work with a wide variety of candidates across industry, age, skill, and socioeconomic lines, but the one common thread that pulls them all together is the fact that at some point in time, we all will have a hiccup in the road. It's how you respond to that adversity that defines your professional legacy. So, climb out from under the covers, make some plans to network in person with other people, and set goals for yourself to handle your worst professional "flaws"! There is no value to be had in ignoring the obvious-take a lesson from Tiger.