I understand that you have been out of a job for a while. You are a great candidate and you need to work before the bank takes over your home and there is no food on your table. I am about to give you a rough awakening: while I am caring and compassionate about your personal plight, the company you are hiring with does not care! The hiring manager is not interested in the fact that your objective on your resume says: “I need/want more money” or “I need a job today”. They care about WHAT YOU CAN BRING TO THEM! That’s it. Bottom line.

In many seminars, I have heard how no companies are hiring, how they don’t hire a certain level/age/profession of person. Take a good look, a really brutal look, at how you are presenting. See if you are focused on your contributions and ethics, or whether you are coasting along, sending resumes out and pounding some pavement, expecting someone to give you a chance.

Stop expecting! Change your attitude! Make your entire focus about the other person and his/her needs and wants in an employee. Ask the interviewer what he/she is looking for in a candidate. Outline examples of what you have provided to other companies in detail. Did customers request you as a waitress? Did you improve feedback surveys by a certain percent in customer service? Were you promoted once or a few times due to your exceptional work ethic?

That is what your future employer wants to know. They don’t want to hear about the negative situations with your old boss or in your personal life! The company has been in existence and did not stop because you are available/laid off/recently graduated. They are not waiting for you!

Stop expecting a job, and start working towards providing positive and tangible reasons why you would be the best candidate! And you will get hired for your expertise!

 


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Fadoua
06/08/2012 1:18pm

I agree 100% with each word you typed on this post. Companies hate negative people. Our attitude has to remain positive during a job interview even if we had to borrow a suit to look professional. It is a tough time and market to so many people, however this is not the time to cry over it. ACTION is the key.

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Liz
06/08/2012 6:24pm

I agree, too! I think one of the biggest confidence boosters you can give yourself is being able to ask customers, coworkers, supervisors, etc. for a reference, recommendation, etc. These statements (hopefully you can get them in writing and have them on your LinkedIn profile) shows an employer what you are capable of bringing to THEIR table. Focus on what makes you a great candidate and why you've been successful at what you do..and how you can continue to do so for them!

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Karen
06/09/2012 7:17pm

You are spot on! I had to be on an interview panel recently and I could not believe the attitude! Candidates would call multiple times a week demanding to know why they were not contacted yet or during the interview they would act like we had hired them!

My favorite of the week, an emergency happened at our site and a candidate had an appointment time that conflicted with our emergency. She was briefed about the situation and it was communicated it was serious. She kept pacing around and getting antsy and testy with the administrative staff. She announced she didn't like to be kept waiting. When the panel was able to see her she informed them they only had 10 minutes and she needed to leave. She was obviously a FLEXIBLE employee!

Also NONE of the 10 candidates brought anything but a resume, often outdated or incorrect information. None brought examples of their work or how they could contribute to our team.

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Get Hired and Beyond
06/11/2012 11:10am

It seems that people are internalizing their frustration at the world for it taking too long to find a job and then taking it out on employers who are giving them a chance. That doesn't make sense! Cry to your friends or relatives and then put on your best face for interviews!

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Get Hired and Beyond
06/11/2012 11:10am

It seems that people are internalizing their frustration at the world for it taking too long to find a job and then taking it out on employers who are giving them a chance. That doesn't make sense! Cry to your friends or relatives and then put on your best face for interviews!

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