Your Excuses Are Keeping You From Your Dream Job!

November 5th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »


The typical job search is fraught with problems you need to overcome; don’t let yourself be one of them. Often, the worst obstacle facing a job seeker is the very person who looks back at him or her in the mirror every day. People make excuses not to pursue an aggressive job search for one reason or another, delaying their success and happiness by prolonging a position long after it’s necessary to move onward and upward. If you can recognize these excuses as they chime in, you can silence them early on and start the rest of your career all the sooner.

1.) We’re in the middle of major projects. I’m going to wait until they are complete.

It’ll never happen. Most companies are juggling several projects at once with overlapping start and end dates that weave together without a logical hierarchy. The real world is a messy place and the perfect moment for you to transition into a new position without making waves for your teammates is probably never going to happen.

So, unless you intend to perpetually martyr your career for the benefit of your current company, chances are you are going to leave at a slightly inopportune time. The good thing is the company can and will adapt. You’re not so pivotal to a company that if you remove your finger from the dike, problems will flood through and drown the project. Even if you do bear a brunt of the weight, just do everything in your power to smoothly transition responsibilities to another person once you land a new job.

2.) There’s so much going on in my life. I’m going to wait until things slow down.

Here’s another major act of self-sabotage. The first part of your excuse might be 100% true. You may be an active person with endless family, community, or social obligations on your plate but there is no reason to wait for everything to become neat and tidy – you won’t be so lucky. You need to take control, shifting around or temporarily relinquishing some duties until you acquire a new position.

Complete sacrification of the rest of your life isn’t even necessary. Just prioritize your responsibilities or ask family or friends for any needed help. It will buy you a bit of extra time. Even a few hours spent on your job search every day is better than nothing at all.

3.) The market is tough right now.

You can almost always expect the competition for good jobs to be tough. If it was worthwhile, would it really be easy? That fact is not going to change but the good thing is that people get hired into these positions every day. Why can’t you be one of them?

If you discredit yourself before even starting the job search and application process, you’re definitely not going to get a new job. If you at least start sending out resumes and cover letters or dive head first into networking opportunities, the odds exponentially increase in your favor. Plus, think of it this way: if you were unemployed today, you would be out applying for jobs regardless of tough market conditions. Give yourself a chance to fight for the job. You may be more of a scrapper than you think.

4.) Some of my skills are so rusty. No one will want to hire me.

This one has a straightforward solution. The rusty joint of a door can be fixed up with a shot of WD-40 and an increased amount of use. Your job skills aren’t different. Make time to study the fundamentals of your hard skills and give yourself a structured project to take them for a drive. This is another instance where any refresher or practice project can do wonders beyond belief.

5.) If I start a new job, I’ll lose the seniority I had before.

Let’s say you’ve built up seniority in your current position. What’s to stop you from doing that again? Sure, it might be an uphill battle but it’s overcoming that sort of challenge that makes you indispensable to a company. Plus, if you’re thinking about leaving your current job, you may have already risen as high as possible. In this new position, you might be able to climb even further than previously imagined.

by James Walsh

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