There are a few things that I have seen happen over the last several months that need to be discussed, especially when it comes to how it could affect your job-search. Although I know YOU would never do these things, I wanted to point them out so you could be on the watch out for them as well.
Obama. I was speaking with a guy at a networking event a couple of weeks back (he was looking for a job) and he said “If it wasn’t for Obama I would have a job right now.” Now, he and I had just met five minutes prior and he had no idea what my political ties are – I am sure that if I was an avid Obama supporter that would have been the end of the conversation.
I understand that some people may really feel that the Obama administration had something to do with the economic mess (for a quick look at a couple of things that started the mess that lead to the meltdown and him losing his job check out this post) but he should not have expressed those feelings so quickly after meeting someone.
Cleavage. Over the last couple of months I have noticed several women, both young and old, at professional and job-search events trying to look like Pamela Anderson in her prime.
Now, most of the places I go anymore are pretty tame (I am married with three little boys) and people dress that to fit that. So it definitely stands out – and not in a good way – when someone dresses like they were going to the club when they should be dressed like they are going on an interview.
I would never tell anyone how to dress but I would tell them to dress their part and dress appropriately for any and all events they are going to. First impressions last a lifetime and if someone’s first impression is that you are a shabby imitation of Pamela Anderson it is not going to end well.
LinkedIn. I love LinkedIn, it is one of my favorite recruiting and networking tools BUT the behavior of some people there drives me up the wall. Here are a few examples:
- The people that ask all three hundred of their connections to recommend him over and over and over (you get the picture). Only ask once, if I am willing to do it, I will.
- The person who repeatedly sends out emails everyday about his multilevel marketing opportunity that will make you money with little to no effort. There is nothing more to say here – those people are out of my network pretty quickly.
- The people who ask for five ‘introductions’ on LinkedIn everyday and never give a good reason for any of them. If you are going to ask for an introduction have a better reason than ‘I need a job’ or ‘this person looks interesting’ or ‘I met him once five years ago and we have not spoken since’.
- The person who sets up about 50% of their profile, does nothing more with it, and then complains a week later that LinkedIn doesn’t ‘work’ and decide to give up on it.
I will be the first to tell you that many of these things are insignificant in the grand scheme of things BUT in a competitive market even the smallest thing can cost you an opportunity (not that YOU would do any of these things).
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!