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.

Internal Transfers: What to Consider

When an employee comes to you and asks to move to another team or transfer out of your department entirely, what do you do?

As their manager, you’ve got some work to do before you give this employee an answer. First, decide if you can afford to let the employee move off of your team and if you can replace them. Then, to see if a transfer is the right decision for the employee and your company, there are a few things you need to consider. Find out why they want to move and how their performance reviews stack up before you reach out to HR and other teams or departments for openings.

You’ll want to hold on to valuable and hardworking employees, so it’s important to consider all factors and how a transfer can benefit the employee as well as your company.

 

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“What IS Your Passion?”

When figuring out what kind of impact you want your career to have on you and the world, the one question everyone asks is, “What is your passion?” If you find yourself overwhelmed by this enormous question, wondering what your one true passion is and how you can possibly turn it into a full time gig, you’re not alone.

This is a big, expansive question, what IS your passion?? You may easily have a hundred and one answers, or, you may struggle to even come up with one. Let’s break down this question to get a clearer idea of who you are, what you want, and what you do and don’t like doing. Whether you’re starting fresh or looking for more satisfaction in your current role, there are a few more useful questions you should be asking yourself to find your direction.

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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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Counter Offers: Why They Can Be Risky

Seeking employment elsewhere opens a new door with new opportunities. However, once you give notice to your employer, you may find yourself navigating the tricky process of counter offers. You’ll want to be prepared for the powerful, persuasive tactics your current employer can use to convince you to stay. They could promise a new job title, a promotion, or a better benefits package. Most of the time you will be offered a higher salary to stay. Accepting the counter offer may be quite appealing, however, statistics from the National Employment Association show that 80% of employees who accepted counter offers still parted ways form their employer within 6 months.

Read further for reasons why accepting a counter offer might not be the best decision:READ MORE