From Skunk to Job Search Success



In my last post, I talked about purple squirrels and skunks.  If you are purple squirrel, you are very fortunate and don’t need much help.  However, if you are a skunk, I’m sure you want some help to lose the stigma.  In this post, I will tell you how to remove it.

I explained that a skunk is someone who reeks of desperation.  Like a skunk, no one wants to have dealings with desperate people.  It is bad for the reputation of friends and relatives to recommend the desperate job searcher.  Their attitude prevents people from enjoying their company.  The constant pestering for updates gets annoying.  And when by willing take any job at any pay rate, no one what they are looking for, so they can’t help.

If you are a skunk, I hope you aren’t, here are a few things you can do to get back into a successful job search.

  • Realize you have value.  You have skills and experience that you can offer an employer.  Know your unique selling proposition and look for positions that require it.
  • Only apply for positions you are qualified for and would enjoy doing.  Settling for a job, any job is counterproductive.  You are wasting your time to apply for positions you are overqualified for. 
  • Read the job description and requirements.  Are you what they are looking for? Or do you think you are?  If you aren’t sure, call them ask about the job and what exactly they are looking for.
  • You deserve to make a living wage based on your skills and experience.  Yes, you may have to take a cut in pay for some positions.  But accepting any entry level position with the corresponding pay rate won’t do your self-esteem or career any good.  You will get frustrated and eventually regret the company and the job.
  • During the interview, hold your dignity.  Arrive confident and capable.  Be able to answer the questions completely and without begging for the job.  Show them how you are the best person for the job because of your skills and experience.  Highlight your unique selling proposition.
  • Follow-up in a professional way.  Don’t harass the hiring manager or your contact at the company.  People don’t like that.  In fact, your candidacy will end. 
  • And finally, change your attitude.  Do whatever it takes to improve your mood.  Exercise, eat healthy foods, get enough rest for you, meditate, and connect with your higher power.  Associate with positive people and have some fun.  Be easy on yourself; beating yourself up isn’t good for your job search.  Believe in yourself because I believe in you.  I know you can get a good job that is worthy of you.  Just believe it and act like it. 

How do I know these works?  I know it works because I coached a desperate person.  After making the suggested changes, this person is now working.  The person had every right to be desperate.  Already homeless twice before, this person was facing it a third time and didn’t want to go there ever again.  It took a while, but I was able to coach this person to success and in a job the person loves. 

 How can I help you in your job search?

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