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Don't Feel Guilty About Change

Don't let anyone hit you with a guilt trip about your job search.

The movie "Guilt Trip" was not one of the most exciting(albeit entertaining) films I have viewed but there was an underlying theme which could be of value to job seekers.  A young scientist traveled across the U.S. in a compact rental car with his nudge of a mom trying to pitch his environmentally friendly liquid cleaner.  One retail company after another quickly grew bored of his highly complex presentation and blew him out the door.  On his last stop, he realized he was losing his audience and use his mom's idea of drinking the cleaner to prove how safe it was.  This approach met with great success and enthusiasm.

Think about your interview process.  Do you find that it seems like it has started to drag five minutes after you enter the room and the interviewer keeps looking at their watch, cell phone, the window, etc?  Perhaps, it is time to look for a way to somewhat alter your approach.  As soon as you come out of your next meeting, find a place to stop and write notes about everything that took place.  When you get home, analyze the interview and see when you lost your audience and what you had just said.  Look for a different way to answer the question that stalled you out.  Do this after the next 3 or 4 interviews and look for a trend.

Finally, make a conscientious effort to change your approach.  Most of us believe our way of doing things is the only way.  Sad but true, there are many methods of operation and sometimes, we are too stuck in our ways to notice we need a subtle adjustment.  As someone who is very resistant to change, I definitely advise you to consider making alterations if your current style is not ending up in job offers.

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