How to Tell If You’re Sabotaging Your Own Job Search

March 12, 2015

Career Advice

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Self sabotage. Have you heard of it? It’s a weird thing we do to ourselves sometimes. Perhaps we do it because we’re scared of failing. Or scared of succeeding. Or we’re just feeling lazy. Who knows? But when it comes to the job hunt, there are enough variables in your path without you standing in your own way. So start supporting yourself during your job search and make sure you’re not guilty of any of these self-sabotage tactics.

1. You say “no” too early.
Whether it’s because you’re too proud or too close-minded, don’t immediately turn down an opportunity just because it wasn’t exactly what you’re looking for. At the very least, you can meet a new connection and get some interview practice — or maybe even an offer! You can always turn down an offer if it doesn’t feel like the right fit in the end.

2. You don’t know what YOU want.
During a job search, it’s easy to take advice from others. From your friends and relatives to your significant other to a recruiter or head hunter, everyone has some advice to give. But when it comes down to it, all that matters is what you want out of your career. That’s what you need to figure out. And it’s not always an easy task.

3. You’re too self centered.
Salary, vacation time, and commute time are all extremely important — but these are lifestyle quesitons to ponder privately post interview. During the interview, you should focus on what you can do for the company, not what the company can do for you.



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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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