We all have our own head trash.
Some folks think they're "too old" to get the job, and that people will think they're past it. Others believe they're "too young", and hiring managers will discriminate against them unfairly.
Some candidates worry about their track record because they've worked in "too many" different jobs and believe interviewers will see this as a lack of commitment. Others worry about their track record because they've worked in the same job for most of their life, and they believe interviewers will see them as being "too one-dimensional".
Here’s a story of another subscriber that we’re going to help today on how he should tackle his job search problems.
John turns 65 in December, and he was laid off a few years back when he was 62. He's applied to hundreds of jobs over the last three years, but he never gets a call back.
Now, John has a management/production background of 40+ years in the field of document management, and he specializes in document conversion.
Good morning! Today, I'm answering questions from subscribers and giving the same straight-up honest "tell it like it is" advice I'd give my own family or my best friends.
Let's open with Joanne's question:
I am a 5+ year software QA engineer, and my resume is very well done (I receive a lot of calls with it). But I run into problems at the phone interview stage because they ask me the question that is on everyone's minds when they talk to me:
Maybe you've heard about "shiny object syndrome".
It's something to which we are all susceptible – to a greater or lesser extent.
It describes our unconscious tendency to be drawn to new and exciting ideas, and, as a result, allow ourselves to be distracted by the newest and latest fad and get pulled in ten different directions at once.
We received an interesting question from "Francis" last week:
I've been through 2 interviews for a position which I believe I am both highly qualified and interested in!. My dream job!
But, at the end of the last interview, they told me they will revert to me shortly...it's been more than a month now that I am waiting for the decision.
I promised you a crazy interview story.
This one is from Sarah. I'm going to let her tell it:
I have been teaching for over twenty-five years, but when I moved I needed to find another school.
A few weeks back, I was at a retreat on leadership skills, over in New York State. (It was led by an old professor of mine, and when I reached out to her a few months ago to get back in touch, she recommended I attend.)
It was interesting and transformative.
Anyway, one of the techniques she taught was an exercise called "tapping your core". Its goal was to get us more in touch with whatever it is we turn to when we're at our best -- if you know what I mean.
Recently a great success story came in from “J.”
She wrote in to share how she aced her interview:
I just got the job!
It’s an Aerospace Instructor position at National Park College in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Has this ever happened to you?
You get the job. Then, after a few weeks of growing frustration, you realize it’s not a good fit — and maybe it never was.
You think you probably should leave and look elsewhere.
David Dinges, a University of Pennsylvania professor (who also conducted sleep studies for NASA), says the average adult needs to get 7.5 hours of high-quality shut-eye if they want to give their best the next day.
You may have heard that before.