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Conflict During Job Search

conflict and struggling during job searchConflict exists in job search; both internal conflict and external conflict.  The “why” is not nearly as important as how you resolve the conflict.  Like it or not, job search is not black and white. It is very very grey.

Personal Conflict

“I don’t know what I want to do next!”  Are you saying this? Have you said this?! I hear it more often than almost any other dilemma. This is an easy excuse that rolls off the tips of many job seekers. How you go about resolving this is up to you and it isn’t easy. Just be sure you will stop saying it soon.  It will be close to impossible to move forward with your search until you’ve resolved this one! Here is a post that might help get you unstuck Career Change Isn’t An Exact Science.  Or you can skim through the posts listed on this page: self assessment.

Conflicting Job Search Advice

Apply for lots of jobs online vs. network.  I actually don’ think anyone is saying this, but it is what many job seekers choose to hear or believe. You can and should do BOTH! It isn’t an “either” “or” thing. The conflict most likely happens around how you will balance your time and fit it all in. Or it comes from not feeling comfortable with networking. You can check out all the articles I’ve written about networking here.

Conflicting Resume Advice

One page is better, use an objective, hire someone to write it for you…You hear all sorts of advice given about what changes you should make to your resume. Always consider the source. Always be polite and avoid debate. Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, a certified and professional resume writer provides her advice on how to deal with conflicting resume advice on her Glassdoor post: 5 Resume Secrets Revealed

It is about personal preference (theirs and yours)

Personal preference influences these mandates, which, as you realize, are not mandates at all. Some final thoughts as you grapple with everyone’s expert advice, consider asking yourself these questions:

  • Is it based on facts or emotions.
  • What qualifies this person to provide this advice.
  • What’s the logic behind the advice.
  • Has it been successful for others.
  • What do I have to lose by trying it.

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  • markanthonydyson August 11, 2012, 6:45 am

    Hannah, more people are likely to fill out a lot of applications, and not complete the application process. Conversely, many more people network and make initial contact but don’t follow up in reasonably and timely manner. So it seems more productive for coaches to encourage to swing the proverbial job search bat with both hands and not just one.  

    • careersherpa August 16, 2012, 6:50 am

       @markanthonydyson Mark, really good points! You have to do it, AND do it right!