We love this recent article on Huffington Post called, “7 Excuses That Will Hold You Back From Success.” Now these excuses could hold you back from success on anything be it losing 15 pounds, learning how to play guitar, or traveling to a new country. But they’re especially applicable to career success.
We took a note from this article and came up with our own spin on this topic. Here are the excuses that we think are common when it comes to the job search.
1. I don’t feel qualified enough.
As we mentioned in our post, 5 assumptions that are preventing your from landing a job, just because you don’t meet every single qualification in a job description doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply. Many skills can be taught and if you have a willingness to learn, a company might be willing to take a chance on you.
2. The timing isn’t right.
Perhaps a new job opportunity appeared but you aren’t quite ready to leave your current position. If only this opportunity arose a few months later… Well, unfortunately life doesn’t always time itself perfectly but we can’t let an opportunity pass us by. Remember, it never hurts to apply! You can always turn down a job offer if you aren’t ready to accept.
3. It’s not my dream job.
This job may not be your dream job but does it get you a step closer to it? Will you learn some skills that are applicable to your dream career? Does it get you into the department you hope to work for? Sometimes it’s easiest to enter a dream career through a side door. It’s a nice way to differentiate yourself, learn all sides of a business, and make connections that can help you in the future.