(Writer’s Preface) I have gone through a great deal of ups and downs in this experience we call job search. The one I am writing about today does not belong to me; it belongs to one of my network contacts. I made some minor changes to preserve the anonymity of those involved. I felt, however that my contact’s experience is worth sharing. Although I would not wish this experience on anyone, it shows how one of the worst obstacles to re-employment can be resolved.
The Unexpected Phone Call: Part One
It was a Friday Morning during the month of March. Beverly (most of her friends call her Bev) was starting her day. She was unemployed for eight months, and never expected her time between jobs to last this long. Bev was never one to give in to persecution complexes; however she couldn’t shake the feeling that someone out there was inhibiting her attempts at re-employment.
During the past months, Bev had several interviews; however the result was always the same. She would be called in for a first interview, and in most cases she would be given a follow up interview. Bev would always e-mail thank you letters and follow up with every prospective employer. Despite her follow up calls, Bev would not receive responses from many prospective employers, even when they promised to give her a fast answer about the position she applied for. Eventually, some employers told her that the position she applied for was filled, and refused to give any further details. Bev would always ask follow up questions as to why she did not get the job, however she never received any information that would point to a specific reason.
On this particular morning Bev would discover the main reason why she never received employment offers…
It seems some in the ranks of the chronically unemployed… are unemployed for a reason. One of three reasons, to be exact.
Their failure to find work is often because they fall into one of three job seeker personality types: the Ego, the Victim and the Stalker… each which scare away hiring managers and recruiters – and drive them toward safer, more “stable” candidates.
The Ego personality type is typically a person who writes checks his resume can’t cash.
Perhaps they’ve been downsized, or climbed the ranks of management to the point they just can’t deal with the thought of sliding backward. Maybe they obtained a certain status within their industry, or developed an elitist attitude in their professional lives. For certain, they don’t seem to realize that was an economic lifetime ago – and they can’t let go.
If you are an Ego job seeker personality type:
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Think of your job search as a new sport. What, you say? Job loss and reemployment is serious stuff.
But the world of sports is a lot like looking for work. If we compare job search to games like baseball, soccer, bowling, wrestling and chess, we see the similarities and how we can dodge balls, improve our positioning, change moves or take corrective action—much like we do when meeting obstacles at bat, on the turf, in the lanes, at the board—or in the ring! So get your game head on, take a look and see how many plays you’ve made!
The time it takes to realize the work world has changed and one needs to accelerate one’s efforts and pull out all the stops to find work no matter the game field.
Curveball – You’ve been thrown one of these when you are laid off your job, suddenly asked to pack your things on a Friday afternoon and are escorted by a coworker or security down the elevator and out the front door.
Question: I call or e-mail companies that I know are hiring inquiring about openings. Sometimes I reach somebody who asks me to send in my resume. After I do I never hear from them again.
I can’t get work because:
1) I’m “over-qualified”
2) I’ve been unemployed for a while
Anything I can say or do to get around this?
Answer: I’m addressing the latter part of your two-fold dilemma first because it is the more challenging and thought-provoking of the two. Know you are not alone on both counts. This dilemma plagues all job hunters who have been laid off…