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Four job-hunting tips for bad times

It's hard not to freak out a little when you're unemployed and the mortgage is due. But as the old commercial used to say, "Never let 'em see you sweat." Here are some tips to keep in mind when you're interviewing during less-than-ideal circumstances.

It's hard not to freak out a little when you're unemployed and the mortgage is due. But as the old commercial used to say, "Never let 'em see you sweat." Here are some tips to keep in mind when you're interviewing during less-than-ideal circumstances.

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Don't be late, but don't be early

It goes without saying that arriving late for a job interview is a kiss of death. But the opposite is also true: By arriving too early for an appointment, you might as well just announce how desperate you are. Also it gives the impression that you're not respectful of the time the hiring manager put aside for you. Although sometimes getting somewhere early can't be helped (you didn't know how long it was going to take to find the place), you should just wait in your car until about ten minutes before your interview. Nothing creeps existing staff people out more than to see a stranger sitting in the reception area for an hour.

Leave your worries (and your bitterness) at the door

I've said this before: It does no good to unload all your frustrations with your past employer at the feet of a prospective employer. And for the love of pete, don't mention your financial situation and how if you don't get a job soon, someone's going to repossess your children. Desperation is not attractive. Perseverance through tough obstacles is.

Don't lower your standards, at least not obviously

In the course of the interview, you may learn what the salary is. If you plan on accepting it anyway if it's offered to you, don't make a big deal out of how the salary is much lower than what you're used to. That does nothing but tell the interviewer that you're going to be secretly disgruntled from the get-go. Nobody wants that baggage.

Know the line between eagerness and zealotry

Wait a few days after the interview to follow up on where things are. And if you don't get the person himself or herself, leave a message on voice mail. And since so many people have caller ID, don't call a million times if you don't get a live person. You don't want to look like a stalker.

About

Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

11 comments
joenovell
joenovell

Don't use a failure as a model. How many jobs really exist at Dice?

Host1Plus
Host1Plus

In my opinion job must be liked, just then you can go to interview :)

juliendevries
juliendevries

Very important thing to keep in mind. If you go to an interview, it is not to find a job but to explain the company how much added value you can bring to them. If the salary they propose is not in line with the added value you believe you will bring, then you have to sort this out. Salary is a negotiation, and if you start saying "yes" to all the contractual conditions immediately whatever they are, you will probably end up not signing the contract.

canddsol
canddsol

I agree 100% on this. No potential employer wants to hear you bad mouth a previous employer, because one day you may bad mouth them.

canddsol
canddsol

I agree 100% on this. No potential employer wants to hear you bad mouth a previous employer, because one day you may bad mouth them.

itvisionary
itvisionary

Typical advice, nothing that stands out. Most of this is pretty common knowledge if you know how to make more than $10/hr. Good try, but this article should be aimed at novice job hunters.

Ethical_Loner
Ethical_Loner

that was a pretty brutal assessment of some valuable information, some of which I had not heard nor considered before, and that I am willing to bet many others have not as well. And by the way, believe me, I WAS making WAY more than $10 per hour. Perhaps some people just know it all because they spend so much time hopping from one job to another trying to LOOK far more important than they actually are.

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

There's a ton people out there with no jobs who are looking for solid employment. A lot of people struggle to place value on their skills. Employers always want the cheapest they can get so sometimes you may have to take a pay cut to put food on the table. It happens. You just have to make the effort to not stay long term while your looking for that better job. In the mean time; though, you have dinner on the table and might be able to pay some necessary bills.

jmarkovic32
jmarkovic32

With hundreds of thousands of umemployed IT folks littering the streets and with thousands others trying to break into IT, it's an employers market plain and simple. Beggars can be choosers if you're looking for an IT professional these days. If your resume lands an interview these days, that in itself is an accomplishment. If you don't get a call back, don't take it personal. Someone either came in cheaper or maybe they just forgot about you due to the sheer number of interviews. Just keep your chin up and keep looking. Every interview you leave, the better you're prepared for the next one. Everytime, they don't call you back is another chance you have to polish your skills. Because of the rejections, one day you'll blow the sox off of the interviewer(s) and get an offer the same day. And...NEVER, I mean NEVER cheapen yourself just to land a gig. If you can help it, negotiate a salary that you think you deserve.

reisen55
reisen55

One very positive approach to an interview, and puts YOU in the driver's seat mentally, is to consider that you are interviewing the company to see if they are good enough for you. We have all been in offices (and I remember in another career meeting Tootsie Roll in Chicago) where the gentleman I was meeting interrupts the sales pitch and yells down the hall " HEY, ANYBODY GOT THE PRODUCTION NUMBERS FROM PACO YET???? DAMMIT BRAZIL HAS NOT REPORTED IN. CALL PACO RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!! " This is a bad place. Same attitude, get a sense of their office, furniture, employee comments as you can hear them and keep note of it. Magazines on the table (Oh, alot of fishing magazines here. Boss must like fishing). As you walk past offices, notice the areas, are they a total disaster? Or a place you would like to work at? Puts you in the drivers seat.

Bena_Chandra
Bena_Chandra

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