As a Wall Street Journal career columnist for the past four years, Perri Capell has decided it's time for a career change, and is saying farewell by offering lessons learned through answering reader questions for some time. Specifically, Perri summarizes the three issues that have continually appeared to hold back job seekers from attaining their career objectives.
- Not using the right tactics to find new positions. Perri says, "The best way to find a job is through other people. The more people who hear about your job hunt, the faster you'll find work. Just as in sales, job hunting is a numbers game, and you need to keep knocking on doors until the right one opens."
- Allowing fear and lack of confidence to hold you back. "Fear of rejection and shyness are big barriers for many job seekers. It's almost impossible to make networking or informational calls if you fear people won't be receptive to them." He adds, "Remember, any rejection you receive isn't personal. Employers are seeking people who can solve their problems. Once you know the problem, you can offer to help."
- Not using the power of honesty: "Hiring managers find truthfulness to be powerful. To them, dishonesty is worse than having a personality conflict with a former boss or being fired."