Your Perfectionism Could Be Hurting Your Job Hunt!

Job hunting is nerve-racking, time-consuming, and there are a lot of elements that need to be crafted perfectly. We get it! You’ve been spending hours tailoring your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile, and have gone over countless interview questions making sure you are well prepared.

You then start stressing over the details. Maybe even comparing yourself to other job seeker’s profiles and cover letter examples, changing your wording, then changing it back. Sound familiar? Well, your perfectionism is starting to kill your job hunting vibe, and it’s killing it fast!

Read further for reasons why perfectionism & job hunting don’t mix:

1: Don’t overthink it!

Yes, you want a polished, well-written resume along with the perfect cover letter to match. Here is where perfectionism can really get in the way. You begin to worry about who you make your cover letter out to, how to promote yourself to each different company, and if it’s too short or too long. Yes, these are things that should be on your checklist but not to be obsessed over. What really matters is the content of your skills and explanation of your cover letter. Directly address your talents, your passion, and the reason why you would make a great fit for the role. Obsessing over how you present every single detail will only get you behind. You don’t want to spend too much time preparing to apply to jobs than actually applying to them!

2: Don’t just apply to the jobs you’re “perfect” for.

Job descriptions are written for dream candidates, and in harsh reality, that candidate is likely nonexistent. It’s merely a wish list, good recruiters and managers try to find the best match that comes as close to their list as possible. If you are only applying for the jobs that you feel you are a 100% fit for, you are missing out on a lot of opportunities.  If you can fulfill about 60-75% of the job description, go for it! Don’t be shy, get yourself out there and apply!

3: Everyone’s a critic.

Having your materials proofread is most definitely important. However, when you have the career coach, the mentor, partner, parent, AND five friends review your materials, you’ll be rewriting for days! A lot of your cover letter content is subjective to the reader and you will get varying opinions until your head spins. To avoid an endless editing process, narrow down your list of trusted reviewers to a maximum of 2-3 people.  Be sure to hit the basic checklist for accuracy, format, spelling, and grammar.  Use your valuable time uncovering more open jobs to send your stellar application to.

Having a perfectionist mentality is NOT a bad thing, but, you need to know when you’re crossing into the red zone of overthinking and over-editing yourself.  Don’t forget, you are good enough and a great job for you will come! Don’t waste time fussing over every little thing, so you can have more time networking and actually submitting yourself to open jobs. The last piece of advice we have to offer: stop second-guessing yourself, and for goodness sake hit submit and move on to the next one.

The Value of Hiring Candidates That Have Been Laid Off

In the process of scrutinizing resumes, an often overlooked yet key group of individuals is employees that have been laid off. Whether it’s due to downsizing or company reorganizations due to mergers or acquisitions, these are vital candidates. These applicants are more than capable and should be considered alongside the mythical “purple squirrel candidate.” It’s time to break the stigma around these job candidates!

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How To Tell A Coworker They’ve Made A Mistake

A fellow coworker comes to you and asks you to review their completed project. You take a glance and there is a problem, and it’s a big one. There’s not just a missing data slide or a few misspelled words, but the whole project is wrong and definitely needs to be re-done.

You absolutely need to tell them there are errors or discrepancies. You don’t want to sound like a “know-it-all” or come across condescending but you just can’t let them proceed with a project that completely missed the mark.

So, exactly how do you tell them they are wrong? Whether it’s your office BFF, a new hire, or even your supervisor, there are a few tips on how to handle this potentially difficult conversation.

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What You Can Do If You’re Not A Good Culture Fit

Changing jobs is exciting and stressful. After accepting an offer and settling into a new routine, you may be one of the many people who struggle to adapt to a new company culture. You are familiar with your coworkers, understand the dynamics of the company and everyone’s responsibilities, and you can even navigate the supply room without getting lost! You seem to be getting the hang of things, however, something seems to be leaving you anxious. This is normal. After all, you will certainly face new challenges, learn new methods of doing things, and figure out how to best work with your coworkers in any new position. If, after a month or two, you’re worried that you may not be blending well with the company’s culture, you’re not alone!

Perhaps the reality of the culture is not aligned with what you had expected it to be. You may be feeling disappointed if you thrive in a collaborative environment but most of your colleagues want to work heads down with headphones in. Maybe you’re the introvert finding yourself overwhelmed in a bustling open floor plan office. Sometimes when faced with change we can feel defeated, but with a few tips and a little practice you can find your stride and adjust successfully. So, what can you do if you feel like you’re not fitting into the office culture at your new job?

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How to Find Happiness at Work

We spend the majority of our day at work, so it is important to love what we’re doing and enjoy our time in the office. When you’re happy at work, you are more productive and engaged. Finding happiness at work is an easy choice to make that begins with you! Your attitude and how you choose to experience your time at the office directly impacts your day. What can you do to find happiness at work?

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How To Maximize Your Work Day!

Ever find yourself wondering where the day went? You started with a plan of tasks to accomplish by the end of the day, but by the time the workday ends it feels like you’ve barely chipped away at your workload. We get it – we’ve all been there. Managing your time can be difficult, however, it’s the key to having a productive day. So, where do you start?

Try the following tips to help increase your productivity:READ MORE

How to Keep Learning Without Going Back to School

Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk wondering how you could better yourself in your career and as a person? You’ve gone through training at work and you tend to devour new ideas and concepts, but you’re still craving more! Learning current and emerging skills will help progress you at work as well as in life. Fortunately, with our growing digital world, there is a plethora of resources for you to dive into and expand your knowledge in your downtime.

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5 Essential Job Search Hacks

Job hunting can be time consuming, stressful and competitive. Searching for the right opportunity can even feel like a full-time job. Luckily, there are plenty of tools and hacks to help you land your dream job more quickly and easily. Time to throw out your old job searching habits and try out these new tools and job searching hacks!

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Lying on Resumes and Job Applications Will Not Get You Ahead

When it comes to fine tuning your resume and filling out job applications, you may find yourself with gaps or grey areas you don’t know what to do with. While a competitive job market may make it tempting to embellish your experience or education, beware that being caught in a lie on your resume or job application will immediately pull you out of the running. According to a survey by Hloom, 58% of hiring managers report that they’ve spotted lies on applicant’s resumes.

Here’s why you shouldn’t lie and what you can do instead:

Quitting Your Job Too Soon

Have you found yourself constantly searching for new jobs and lining up interviews? Most people would leave a job for a promotion in title, raise in pay, better hours, or better benefits. In reality the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Is quitting your new job too soon bad for your career?

Break down the facts and get some perspective before you jump ship!READ MORE