A new year denotes a new beginning. You may have thought of starting a new career with a new company. But maybe you have fallen into the trap of making excuses for not doing it.
Some of these may sound familiar:
Excuse #1: There are no jobs.
Even in a bad economy there are still jobs, and employers are still hiring. You may have to get creative as a job seeker though in order to compensate for the fact that there are fewer jobs now and there is more competition. If you are willing to be flexible about the type of job that you take as well as the geographic location of the job, you can land a new position.
Excuse #2: I’m overqualified and no one wants to hire me.
If you think that the interviewer may perceive you as overqualified, talk about how the job is a good fit. You might want to show how your values are in alignment with the company’s value statement or speak enthusiastically about a new initiative that you know the company is involved in that you are looking forward to participating in. Doing your research prior to the interview will help you identify information about the company that you can weave into your answers to persuade the interviewer that you are right for the job.
Excuse #3: I don’t have time to look for a job.
Like anything else, people make time for what is most important to them. If you really need and want a change, you will rearrange your schedule to put the necessary time into your job search. It may mean temporarily cutting out some things or limiting your participation in some activities, but if you are motivated enough, you will make it happen.
Excuse #4: I don’t have any contacts.
Everyone has people in their networks, but not everyone looks at the people they know as contacts. Everyone you come in contact with is part of your network—your neighbors, friends, relatives, church members, hairdresser or barber—the list is endless. The reason that many people believe they don’t have contacts is that they separate the people they know into different categories—professional contacts vs. personal friends. But you should keep in mind that anyone can be a potential referral to you, so don’t overlook people close to you.
Excuse #5: I’ll face age discrimination.
There are some steps that you can take to limit the possibility of age discrimination. For one thing, you should only go back 10-15 years with your work history. Going back 20 or 30 years with your work history is unnecessary and potentially exposes you to age discrimination. And don’t list graduation dates if you graduated more than 10 years ago. Also, think about targeting companies that are actively recruiting older workers. Such employers do exist. AARP routinely puts out a list of best places to work for older workers. It only makes sense to apply at organizations where you know you will have the best chance of success.
As you can see, it’s up to you whether or not you will allow these excuses to stand in the way of your progress or if you will take the advice given here and move forward. This year can be the year of your new beginning.
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