I’ve recently been working with a couple of very distraught folks. People who were looking for jobs. Desperately looking. “What the Hell am I gonna do?” looking. Guys with babies to feed, wives to comfort, mortgages to pay for, parents needing care. Not having a job can be worse than terrifying. It can feel suffocating, humiliating, life-threatening, even. The lack of control, the uncertainty, the expectations, all put a huge burden on your soul.
Most people in Telecoms have been “between jobs” at one time or another. It is one of the facts of life. It is the way things are. It’s a rough patch for sure, but you must have faith that it will pass. As much pressure as you feel, as much stress as you are under, as bleak as things seem now, try to maintain perspective. The desperateness of your situation and the job you seek are not the same thing. Allowing your desperation to show in a job application can hurt your chances.
Recruiters and hiring managers will respond to people that can be hired. You’ll get your next job because you are competent, confident and likable. If you show the desperation you feel it will detract from your confidence and make you seem, well, desperate. That won’t be good. Here is what you should do instead. Continue reading “Don’t Apply for That Job, Yet”