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10 Bad Decisions Made By Job Seekers

You’ve heard of IQ, Intelligence Quotient; EQ, Emotional Intelligence; Now I want to introduce you to SI, Situational Intelligence! This is awareness of your situation. Are you equipped to make the soundest/wisest decisions during your job search?

When I saw this posted yesterday, I laughed out loud. I’ve said this before!

bad decisionAs a job seeker, you will face numerous new situations. If you haven’t been faced with some of these before, how will you know you are making the best decision?  Here are some examples of decisions that I probably wouldn’t have made:

1. Turned down second interview because the head of the department was a jerk.

2. Didn’t follow up to get more information about networking contact

3. Failed to ask what the time-frame was for making hiring decision.

4. Insisted upon making as much, if not more, than he previously made in his last job.

5. Refused an interview because the commute was longer than 20 minutes.

6. Followed up after the interview by showing up at the business location.

7. After 99 weeks of unemployment, turned down a job because it was “below” her.

8. Refused to fill out any online application that asks for social security number.

9. Wouldn’t talk to recruiters, contract houses or temp agencies because they are a rip off.

10. Refused to get on LinkedIn because she wanted to keep her life private.

I strongly believe that there are multiple ways to handle situations. The WORST decision for most job seekers is to “opt out.” However, in order to land a job, you need options.  Don’t eliminate yourself unnecessarily.  This is one reason why job search should never be done alone. You need other people’s insight and opinions, because, sometimes you lack situational intelligence!

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  • Kay Riley July 14, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Great list!!  I also liked your related article “have you turned down a job offer”.  I like the name Situational Intelligence.  But alas hindsight is 20/20 for some.  There have been a few times I have made the wrong decision simply because I didn’t have any point of reference from my past to compare it to.  You are right about asking trusted friends for their opinions so that you don’t make a hasty decision during a very important time in your life.
     I especially liked #7.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say they were too qualified, didn’t want to take a step down (in pay or position), or felt the job was beneath them even though they haven’t worked in months.  My advice to them is always the same; if there is even a remote chance that the company has room for them to grow, take it.  
    Even if the initial job has long hours, pays less than you expect, is a little farther than you want to commute, look at the big picture and see if the position can be a stepping stone to something better; especially if you really want to work for that company. 

    • careersherpa July 15, 2012, 7:04 am

       @Kay Riley 
      Thanks Kay! Hindsight is 20/20. That is why I wrote this post! For those who have not looked for a job in awhile (or this is their first time seeking a job) there are so many subtleties they need to be aware of! Are there others I may have missed?

      • Kay Riley July 15, 2012, 7:27 pm

         @careersherpa You know, I read and re-read your list and tried to think of others I fell prey to in my past job searches, or if I had heard anyone else’s stories, but I think you covered the major ones in this post..
        I do think #3 is very important… It can be agonizing to wait and if you don’t even know WHEN they MIGHT contact you again, then it’s even worse.  I once had to wait over 4 weeks for a second interview call back and then another 4 weeks to hear if I had been hired.  I didn’t ask the first time and assumed I didn’t make the second round.  I didn’t make that mistake the second time, asking them when I’d expect to hear a decision.