How Not to Get A Job: Top 10 Ways to Blow Getting the Job

18 May 2007 at 10:47PM Leave a comment

At the “Confessions of an Executive Restaurant Recruiter” blog, Carl Chapman has a great post on the Top 10 Ways to Blow Getting the Job. Carl explains his philosophy for the series:

I chose the title because I think it is easier to tell people how to not blow getting the job by avoiding some easily avoidable mistakes than it is to tell them how to get the job, since there may be thousands of things that contribute to the success of the total job seeking effort.

I agree entirely!

Go check out his list.

I’ve been speaking on the topic of “How Not To Get A Job” since 1994, in 45, 60 and 75 minute sessions. Over the years, I’ve refined my list of the Top 10 Ways, which is what prompted me to start this blog. Here are my Top 10 Ways, arranged it in Letterman order:

10. Forget about competition
9. Misuse available resources
8. Run an out-of-focus job hunt
7. Conduct a passive search
6. Ignore opportunities for practical experience
5. Use stupid resume tricks
4. Sabotage your interview
3. Forget the basics
2. Do not set a goal
1. Adopt a failing attitude

Like Carl, I plan to start a series on How Not to Get a Job. I’ll address one topic per day. Stand by for details.

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My Core Ideas

1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.

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