Job Seekers: Self-Sabotage

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8 Responses

  1. Monthell says:

    Sherri…thank you for sharing this advise…I have been unemployed for 8 months and I have been unsuccessful in my employment attempts, so I will go through your list again and be honest with myself and make some behavior changes and adjustments because it’s apparent that I’m not taking the right steps to get rehired. I have over 10 + years of management experience and a Masters in Human5ES Resource Development & BA in Organizational Development. So, there is something that I have not been doing right to be unemployed this long. Thank you, Monthell Woodson

  2. Monthell,
    Thank you for letting me know this information held value for you. I think sometimes we get in out own way.. and sometimes we make things harder than they need to be. Please update me after you try a few things and let me know if you are seeing results.
    Best regards,
    Sherri

  3. Pat says:

    This article was such a waste of time. Most of this is basic common sense. The problem with the article isn’t that the negative statements should be flipped and made positive statements; it’s the author’s tone that comes off as feeling superior to others. Not to mention the prejudiced assumptions about people who are on unemployment. This article asserts that the keys to success are to do as you’re told and know your place.

  4. Hello Pat,
    Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’ve been working with people facing employment issues for 15+ years and my comments are based on actual experience with 1,000s of people. What I have learned is that behavior you and I may believe is “common sense”, others don’t recognize as such. In many posts I have done exactly as you suggested: flip the negatives to positives by offering some very basic advice about what I have seen can make a difference. It’s been my experience that many people are looking for a magic fix, and unless the “positives” are something special, different or usual, and hold a promise of being easy, they don’t necessarily choose to change. Sometimes it takes some pretty harsh language to get some people’s attention. So, the intent was not to imply I am superior (non of this is rocket science) or that people should “do as they’re told” or “know their place”. It was simply to show each reader they have much more control over the many small things that actually can make a difference in the outcomes their getting than they may recognize.
    Sherri

  5. LauraTawney says:

    Thanks for the posting!
    LauraT

  6. Sharon says:

    Sherri,
    Good stuff. I work for two companies (one for health benefits and not in my field; one in my editing field), but I am clearly not pulling in enough work editing (where my real dollars come from). I was praying just last night for guidance and a kick in the pants, and today I see your advice in an STC feed. God it good, and thank you for your post. I’m printing your article and will be going over it during lunch today, and I will be bookmarking your site and visiting it often.
    Thank you so much,
    Sharon

    Pat – If you don’t have a job by now, it’s probably because of your poor attitude. ‘Just saying…

  7. Sharon,
    Thanks for taking the time to respond. So glad this was helpful!
    Sherri

  8. Great timely reminders – I’d like to pass this along to the veterans we serve. Can we connect to discuss?

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