Thursday, 17 July 2014

Stop with the Excuses!

Sorry, need to vent again, to get it out of my system...

I've seen a number of jobseekers in a couple of different jobsearch groups all post to the group wall the last couple of weeks that they are looking for work, or are in need of advice, only to then slam down the suggestions given as 'already done it', 'no, I don't want to get that type of work'. Or worse, they then give excuse after excuse as counter argument to every idea and suggestion people trying to help them give.

Etiquette, jobseekers! 

If you ask for help, accept it.  If you can't do that idea or suggest for a LEGITIMATE reason, then simply say, 'Thank you. I'll look into that' and then just hope that you get a few more suggestions from some other nice, helpful people. 

But if you don't have a legitimate reason, stop with the excuses!

"Can't... I have kids." Yeah, so do a lot of the other mothers who are looking for work.

"Don't want that type of job" - why not?  Didn't you just say you are desperate and will do anything? If you are that hard up financially, then guess what?  Doing that type of work, although not appealing - and if you can get it - will help you pay the bills until you find something better.  If you are desperate, then you can't afford to be picky and choosy.

If you ask for help or ideas, don't shut people down, don't dismiss them - not for the weak reason that you don't want to do that.  There are LOTS of things about job searching that we don't want to do - but those are often (well, from what I see, anyway) the very things that actually help you get a job. Don't bury your head in the sand, or dismiss good ideas because you don't want to; or you'll soon find people aren't going to want to help you. They'll keep their good ideas to themselves next time!




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