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Don't Appear Desperate When Job Hunting

Job Search Tip: Getting Desperate? Don't Let It Show

Once you’ve been job hunting for a while, desperation starts to kick in. You may find yourself thinking that you don’t care what the job is or what it pays — you just need a steady paycheck coming in. But if you’ve reached that point in your search, focus on not letting your desperation show; otherwise, you could be making the process even harder on yourself.

Although you may think that conveying to a future employer your willingness to do any job, at any salary, will make you a more appealing candidate, it actually has the opposite effect. I’ve had candidates do everything from calculating out loud how much they need to make to cover their bills to leaving dozens of messages about a position in one day. And unfortunately, those weren’t the applicants who got the job.

Acting desperate and needy makes you appear as though you don’t value your own experience and skills — and if you don’t value them, why should your employer? Present yourself as flexible and enthusiastic, but remember that you have a lot to offer and any employer would be lucky to have you.

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TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
It's human nature to want those who are wanted, and to respect those that respect themselves, so even if you have to fake it until you make it, be CONFIDENT! It can mean the world.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I've interviewed quite a few candidates this year, and this tip is so true! Employers know that there are a lot of people out there wiling to take any job they can get, but they want to hire someone who actually wants to work for them. If you emphasize that you would work anywhere, as opposed to saying that you want to do whatever job it is that your interviewing for, you send the signal that you'll likely just leave as soon as you find a job you would rather be doing.
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