1. I wouldn’t say it that way to the interviewer.
You will talk your way out of your goal by saying inappropriate things in casual conversations. Professionalism is a way of behaving daily. Job seekers are advised to practice to to 3 scenarios of small talk, general introductions, and answers to the questions, “What do you do?”. Also try reading some really good information about the art of networking. One never gets a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression.
2. I don’t understand – my resume is self-explanatory.
Job seekers are often unaware of who they are, what they want to do, where they want to work and how to get there. Making an assumption that your resume is self-explanatory sounds like the words coming from someone who does not clearly understand that resumes must be targeted for one particular career focus. Resumes must answer the ‘so what’ question. When they don’t, you get zero feedback from hiring officials. Now that is what can be interpreted as self-explanatory.
3. I thought that I’d graduate and get a good job.
And I was waiting for Prince Charming to arrive to salute me in a pumpkin laden chariot. Still waiting. The work force demands a different type of job-seeker. One who is fully functional and understands how to help companies solve problems, increase revenue, get along with a variety of personalities and maintain a safe work environment. It is the responsibility of the job seeker to understand the needs of the workforce, of the company’s needs and to meet that need. Once that happens, a candidate can be expected to be invited to a conversation leading towards interviews. Assumptions give us gross misunderstandings. You can easily learn how to leverage your education to get the ball rolling as a member of LinkedIn, job hunters bible dot com, Glass door, ONET, or from job dash hunt dot com.
4. I want my next job to pay well and offer benefits.
It’s not about what you want, it’s about your understanding WIIFT – What’s In It For Them. When you can demonstrate your ability to be successfully, the workforce invites you to have a conversation then rewards you handsomely. Focusing on self interests is not as important as understanding how to communicate how you can help a company meet their goals and solve the problems that they face daily.
5. I’d like to earn at least $30,00 but really I’d like to $50,000, but I don’t think that I’m worth that much.
You will be paid the salary that you can reasonably justify based on your past achievements, accomplishments, education and training. Human Resources departments place a salary range for all jobs. One of the leading authorities on salary negotiations is Jack Chapman. It’s a worthy investment to understand how to negotiate your salary.
6. I know right.
This is often heard in response to anything that is said about improving job search documents and professional speech and delivery. Using the latest saying of the week is not always the wisest way to respond when interacting with your professional network via LinkedIn, FB and Twitter. In some instances, we suggest that you use the utmost care in not only what you say but how you say it. Reputation is vitality important. Guard yours.
7. I don’t do Facebook. 8. What’s Linkedin?
It’s not an option to stay where you are – Keep up or get left out. You can’t put up fences and expect to capture the attention of hiring managers. Stack the odds to make yourself the best possible candidate. A huge part of them means that you are a savvy social media maven. To be less than proficient is to not be relevant. You must be social media relevant.
9. I hate working for someone, I want my own business.
Business owners work wholeheartedly for their clients. Those lacking decorum speak in such a frivolous manner about who they work for. Some business owners strike out on their own. Some learn the ropes of the trade from industry and then strike out on their own. However, it’s done, once again, the best way to communicate one’s love to carry their own rein and rope is to focus on your passion, those areas where you are the subject matter expert or the problems that you solve for clients. What is said is important as well as how it is said.
10. That’s a lot of money. I don’t think paying $500, $600, $777 to get help branding my resume is worth it.
It’s for certain that if you don’t know what you want, you certainly don’t’ know how to get there, professionally speaking. Professional resume writers and career coaches have been trained to ask the right questions, explain the process for job seekers to maximize their chances of matching their career goals with results for companies seeking people with needed skills and talents. So how long can you afford to be out of work? Compare that time with the level of investment given to professionals. You do the math.
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