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Job Search Public Enemy No 1: Procrastination

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jobsearchprocrastinationIn job searching, there are a lot of factors that prevent you from getting an interview and getting hired, but none is bigger than procrastination.

The danger of procrastination is that most people don’t recognize it. Often, people think that it is normal.

Stopping Procrastination

Accepting the problem

The first step toward stopping procrastination is accepting that you are a procrastinator. Stop denying that you’re putting off job searching to watch TV or go out with friends.

Stop Excuses

The next step in overcoming procrastination is identifying and stopping the excuses. Consider, for example, the situation of students about to graduate putting off their job search because there is still a lot of time. The problem is time passes by quicker than you expect. When you don’t have enough time, you panic, submit bad resumes, and fail to follow up.


If you want to stop wasting time and start your job search, then you need to plan. You want to identify a clear target of what kind of job you want. Specify in detail the actions you are going to take. It is important to have a plan that helps you get things done. Schedule your plan of action with small daily steps. You want to get things done bit by bit each day, rather than trying to do everything in one day. Doing so will help you get better results.


After creating a solid plan for your job search, the next step is to commit. Commitment is important if you want to be successful in your job search; without it, your plan will be a waste of time and effort.

By committing to follow your plan, you create the right attitude to help you produce results. This attitude will not only help you in searching for a job, but will also help you in the interview phase.

Ask for Support

Ask a friend or relative to help you commit to the plan. Tell that person not to accept any excuses from you. Asking for support from people helps you persevere. It doesn’t hurt to have someone enforce the rules when you start being lax.

Procrastination is a problem for many people. Don’t let it be the reason you don’t achieve success. Overcome the enemy by following the tips above, and start your job search journey today. Ace the interview and land the perfect job.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.