When You Rationalize Instead of Interviewing…

By Michael Reiss, Managing Partner2013-06-02 04.45.47…guess what? A job will never magically appear.

“Oh, it’s a Monday and nobody would want to hear from me after the weekend…”

“Oh, it’s Friday and nobody will give me any attention since they’re thinking about the weekend…”

Rationalizing that it is not a good day to look for a job especially when you’re out of work is not a good strategy. Everyday is a good day to look for a job.

Nobody enjoys looking for a new job, but finding a job that will fit your future goals requires an extensive amount of researching, networking and self examination. Most importantly, each day not working is another day you have to explain to a hiring manager why you are still not working. Everyone understands the distressed economy has made it harder for people to land a job, but given two people with similar credentials, hiring managers are more apt to hire the person who is employed than the person who’s been out of work for a while. Their natural inclination is to think there must be a reason why others have not hired this unemployed person and ultimately decide that taking a chance on hiring them is not worth the “risk.”

I’ve often heard many recently unemployed people rationalize that they  should take a vacation and put off their job search until they get back. “I deserve a vacation and need a break” or “now is a perfect time to take a vacation,” are common rationalizations that I hear. Call me crazy, but without knowing where my next paycheck would be coming from, there’s no way I could relax and enjoy a vacation.

For those of us who are Type A and worry about their next career move, much less having enough money, taking time off should be saved for when you’ve accepted a new position and can celebrate your new job.


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