If you know in your heart that you need to start your job search, but you haven’t done it yet, it’s likely that you are making excuses. This is easy to do when you are employed. You know what you need to do, but without the immediate need to find a job quickly so that you can generate income, you don’t have the internal motivation to start searching, so you make excuses instead.
Here are some common job search excuses with reasons why they don’t hold water:
1) I don’t have the time. We all have the same amount of time every day—24 hours. During these 24 hour increments, we make decisions as to what is most important to us, and we spend our time accordingly. Plainly put, we make time for our priorities. That is not to say that you have all day to work on your job search. But you can find pockets of time where you can make progress on your job search. For example, you may be married with kids. You could complain that you don’t have the time for your job search because your job is demanding and you have a home life. But with a little creativity, you can carve out a couple of half hour blocks per week to work on your job search. You might take half an hour before you go to bed to work on your job search instead of watching TV, for example. Don’t allow your busy schedule to keep you from something as important as managing your career.
2) My resume just goes into cyberspace. While you certainly will not get responses from every job posting that you apply to, you cannot afford to let that keep you from applying at all. If you have the attitude that there is a job out there for you somewhere, you will be persistent until you find it.
3) I’m over 40. There’s too much age discrimination working against me. While some people bemoan the fact that age discrimination exists and make that their excuse, other people who are the same age are finding jobs. It’s up to you whether or not you will play the part of a victim or a victor. Instead of focusing on the employers who don’t value your expertise and years of experience, look for employers who will. AARP puts out a list on an annual basis of best employers to work for.
4) Nobody else is going to pay me what I’m making now. Do you know that for a fact? Or are you assuming that that is the case? Until you do your salary research, you don’t have solid information to go on. And if it is the case that you are at the top of the compensation ladder, it may still be worth your while to look for another job anyway, depending on your situation. If you know that you need better work-life balance, for example, the tradeoff in pay could be worth it. Or if your current position is taking a toll on your health, again, it could be worth it to find a better situation.
5) I don’t want to be involved with social media. This is a very common excuse for private people who don’t want to be on any of the major social media platforms. It certainly is true that the overwhelming majority of employers use social media (especially LinkedIn) to source and vet candidates. As the job seeker you choose how much information you want to share on social media. Don’t let this excuse keep you bound to your current employer. If you are not already familiar with using social media for the job search, seek out professional assistance. Enlist the help of someone who can assist you with creating a dynamic online presence.
As you can see, none of these excuses should hold you back. Get started with your job search today!
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