Lately I’ve been trying to help a pal job hunt. The problem is, she’s lazy and has an excuse for everything, even for minor problems for which there are obvious, easy solutions. For her, and for the rest of you, here are a few destructions of your excuses not to look for a job. Now get off your ass!
1. “I don’t have a computer.” You probably have a Smartphone. You probably have access to a library. You probably have at least one friend or family member with a computer. Shut up.
2. “My resume is old.” Update it. You have no excuse.
3. “I don’t know how to use LinkedIn.” Use Google. You’ll find this. It’s a start.
4. “I don’t have time.” If you’re not working, what are you so busy doing? If you are currently working but claim to want a new job, you must not hate your current one enough to dedicate an hour a day to hunt for a better one.
5. “I don’t have any references.” Reach out to people. Most will be happy to help.
6. “I don’t have a big network.” Then actively grow it: Go to events. Talk to friends who have other friends in your desired field. Say hello. Let your barista know you’re job hunting. You never know who may know someone who can help you unless you try.
7. “There are no jobs I want.” As long as you still have bills to pay, take a job you don’t want but that will pay the bills. It’s much easier to find a job when you already have one, and let’s be real — beggars can’t be choosers. For now, take what you can get, build up your skill set, then move on.
8. “I’m overqualified.” Downplay your skills at first, slay at the job, then climb the ladder quickly.
9. “I’m underqualified.” Learn more skills. Depending on your field, you may be able to take free online courses or even just get tutorials on YouTube or from pals.
10. “That job is beneath me.” No it isn’t, you broke idiot. When you’re desperate, nothing should be beneath you. Collect cans if you have to, then move up from there.