Are you currently searching for a job? Is your couch helping you find one? Let’s face it; job-hunting takes a lot of effort and time. However, if you are a pessimist when it comes to finding a job, then you are not exactly setting the ideal circumstances to aid you in your search.
Always make sure that you are not making it even more difficult for yourself to find a job by making excuses and putting more obstacles in your way.
Here is a list of the top 10 excuses you should avoid making:
#1 “There are no jobs”
Even though we are experiencing a global economic crisis and job opportunities are limited, it does not mean that it is the end of the world. You are wrong; possibilities are endless as the job market currently has more than 1 million jobs for you. All that’s left is for you to find them.
#2 “I don’t know where to start”
There is no formula on where to start your job search. At the end of the day, this depends on what you are after and what type of work you are looking for. There are currently numerous online sites that can help you with that including Careeradict! Create a CV and start networking through LinkedIn and other professional networks.
#3 “I don’t know how to write a CV/cover letter”
How is it possible to be looking for a job, when you don’t have a CV yet? It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to write a CV or cover letter. Start by learning how to write a CV and Cover letter and then ask your friends or a career adviser to have a look at it.
#4 “I keep getting rejected, I am tired of never hearing back”
Even if you have sent your CV and applied to a 101 companies but got no response, don’t give up. The truth is that never hearing back is frustrating and annoying, but try to explore alternatives by changing the way you are applying. Perhaps rewrite your CV or look for different jobs. What you should be saying instead is “I will keep trying and something will come up”.
#5 “I don’t have time for a job, I am too busy”
What do you have time for? You don’t have a job and you are probably spending your whole day at home watching TV. If you prefer to stay at home, that’s fine. You could find a work-from-home job or a part-time job that allows you to have a flexible schedule.
#6 “I don’t have any skills”
Yes, you do. You just think that you don’t because you haven’t yet made an effort to list the skills you have developed during your work placement, on your CV, which is vital. How else do you think employers will assess whether you are good for the job? Start by developing your transferable skills and checking for volunteering opportunities abroad to see if there is anything for you out there that can add value to your CV.
#7 “Nobody is hiring in the summer, I will start looking in fall”
This is a myth. Even though, companies are hiring less over holidays, it doesn’t mean that they are not hiring at all during summer or Christmas vacations. People quit or get fired during holiday seasons as well, so stop making excuses and send that CV to potential employers! Even Benjamin Fraklin once said: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
#8 “But that job is beneath me”
You have been offered a job at McDonalds but you are turning it down because the job is beneath you. Wrong. No job is beneath you. Many university graduates are working for a job that does not relate to their studies or meet their job-salary expectations, but if this is what they have to do to start getting paid they will continue waiting tables and flipping burgers for as long they have to.
#9 “Nobody is going to hire me, I am too much of a rebel”
If you are too punk rock for the jobs you are applying for then find a job that meets you needs or a job environment that allows you to be yourself. The majority of companies won’t hire you, however. So remove that piercing from your face, comb your hair and try again.
#10 “I don’t want to work for someone other than me”
You want to be your own boss and start your business which is perfectly understandable. However, even before you start working for yourself you need to become familiar with what it feels to be an employee and what their needs are. Anyhow you will always be working for someone else whether that’s called a boss, government or a state.
If you are also coming up with excuses perhaps it is high time to start putting some real effort into your job search. Instead you could ask yourself “Am I actively out searching for a job?” Get off that couch and go out there so that you get involved and start networking with other people!
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