When we buy something, we have certain expectations, and we’re frustrated when those expectations are not met. The same idea applies to jobseekers: Some of their expectations are not based on reality. And a lack of reality creates unhappy job seekers.
It doesn’t matter: Many jobseekers I talked to insisted that errors, omissions or messiness on a company application didn’t matter. “It’s a formality, I’ll tell them in the interview,” they insisted. What they don’t seem to realize is an incomplete application will keep them from getting an interview.
Job Seeking Game: Some jobseekers approach job-hunting like they’re buying a car. They have an agenda for the employer about what they will or will not do and what they’re worth. But the roles are reversed: they are the seller and the employer the buyer.
Experience Confusion. “But I helped Uncle Fred build a garage,” a jobseeker complained when I refused to refer him to a construction job that required one year of experience. Others insist that education is the same as experience. Transferable skills are important to new jobseekers or those changing fields, but they may not be qualifying experience.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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