Have you really tried?
I hear this word “trying” all the time. I hate that word. To me it is a negative word. There is no trying, there is doing. You can try all you want, if you don’t want to do something, then you will never succeed in your trying.
People say that they are ‘trying’ to get a better job all the time. Now anybody would say that they would love to have a better job and I have heard very few say that they love the job they are doing now. If you are not happy in your current position, by all means, change your career, your job, do whatever it takes to land your dream job. But DO NOT moan around saying that you are ‘trying’ if you really haven’t.
Trying for a better job means you take an honest look at yourself, your capabilities, your career goals and decide where you need to brush up or get better and then finding the course, the mentor, the environment where you can learn and boost your capabilities.
Trying means that you apply for a 100 jobs and go to maybe 5 interviews just to see what happens next. Trying means that you ask where you would’ve done better if you are not the selected candidate. Did you do that? Did you really apply for a 100 jobs? or are you waiting for someone to open the door for you? to land you that job that you want?
Unless you are freaking awesome and your light shines through no matter where it is hiding, chances are that you haven’t tried enough.
Don’t quit a job because you hate it for whatever reason and then burn through your network asking people to land you a job. That’s the fastest way to get people to cross you off their list of contacts. Unless you have planned, mentally & financially, to take a hiatus from working, DON’T quit your job. It is easier to network and land a new job while you are still employed.
If you really hate your job, don’t go around moaning about it for years or decades. You don’t want to be there? chances are that the people around you wouldn’t want you to be there after enduring months and sometimes years of your moaning about your shit pay, shit job, no recognition etc etc. If it ain’t working, roll up your sleeves, get to work finding a job that will work for you.
Ask for help to become a better prospect. Don’t badger people to network and find a job on your behalf. Do read the countless advice available on the internet. Do more than just read them, think about the advises and practice them. Do know where you are going. If you don’t know what you want, chances are you will not get to that vague destination either.
And to end my rant……………
Recruiters will look at the whole package of you. Your appearance, your educational qualification, your experience, your references. They will also look to gauge whether you will be a good fit for their requirement. They are looking at the whole package, not just individual factors. And these days, they will check your online presence and your posts, so before you start another rant about your frustrations at work, religion, politics etc. or post another picture of late night parties. Think, do you really want this to be seen by a potential recruiter?