Stop Posturing and Go to Work!
One of the elements I see repeated most frequently in a down economy is the propensity for people to over state what they do, what they know, and who they are connected with. All that kind of posturing does is make it virtually impossible for anyone to realistically help the person. There can be no mindful way of connecting the person to an opportunity that fits, or is likely to pan out, because any leads are likely to be for positions that are over their head, unrelated to their true skills, or something they are not competitive for from the decision maker’s point of view.
For that reason, I am going to say it as plainly as possible: Stop talking smack and tell people where your value truly is. If you don’t really know, then stop posturing and go find out. Do your research and ask people who will give you the straight scoop. Hanging out with people that continue to feed your ego, without helping you see what you really could be doing, or shouldn’t be doing to find work, is not going to help you.
There is no telling how much devastation you might cause to your home, family and life if you continue to pretend. Your bruised ego will heal. The sooner you get real with yourself and others, the sooner you will go to work.
We’d like to hear from you. If you have bitten the bullet and really taken a hard look at your marketability and competitive stand, please share your results with other readers.