The job search process is stressful enough, but sometimes we don’t do ourselves any favors when it comes to interacting with others. Those seeking employment almost have to pretend that every conversation they have could be the one that gets them the job. Taxi cabs that are open to passengers will drive around with their light on, so are you doing the same in announcing that you’re open to new opportunities – is your metaphorical light on? Adversely, here are some things that you might be doing that alert others you wouldn’t be a good fit:
1. Showing up late, missing, or forgetting to schedule appointments
The concept of scheduling and showing up to appointments is something every adult needs to master and guess what? If you’re reading this, you’re considered an adult. Our office tries very hard to accommodate our student’s schedules, but we cannot guarantee round-the-clock availability. Thus the beauty of the appointment, a time we specifically set aside to meet with you and your career development needs. We also have the magic ability to reschedule, as long as you communicate with us beforehand. This isn’t to deter any attempt to stop by, after all, we love hearing updates from you or having you check in regularly, but if you have something specific you need to address – take the time to request the time. That way we can be ready for you and there’s no risk of wasting time.
2. Not following through
Essentially, if you are asked to do something or willingly offer to do it yourself, please stick to that. Even if it is someone else’s error that you’re needing to correct, and I talk more about that in the next item, send polite reminders that you’re waiting on them and stay on task until it’s seen through. Bringing your job search to the next level would also mean following through when it’s not necessarily expected. Naturally if you’re networking, keeping those business cards that you’re collecting and being willing to reach out is expected, but if you happen to meet someone in a social setting that could impact your professional journey, connect with them on LinkedIn or send a short message asking if you can discuss career opportunities in their field. Taking the first step shows initiative and that you’re willing to grow your network and take risks.
3. Blaming others
I’ve written about victim language before, so this hopefully serves as just a reminder that it’s still not cool. And it’s definitely not indicative of your ability to be professional. So and so hasn’t emailed you back? You showed up to someone’s office and she wasn’t in? Neat. How does that make you less employable? It doesn’t. So stop using others as a reason for why you can’t get things done.
4. Relying on someone else to do the work for you
No one cares about you getting the job as much as you do. I say this as someone who is literally paid to help you find jobs and has one of the highest professional reasons for you to find a job – your success equals our success. But I also can’t make you care about your job search. If we detect lethargy on your part, that’s not an incentive for us to continue investing our time and efforts into a seemingly dead end. When a recruiter contacts us and asks if we have a good candidate for certain positions, the students who show hustle and drive are going to get referred 100% of the time over the ones that rely on us to do all of the job-searching for them. Why should you expect someone else to put in more effort to this endeavor than you’re willing to? Not putting energy into your job search indicates you’re not going to put energy into your job, and we don’t want to risk our reputation by recommending a dud.