||Two Traps to Avoid
When You're Unemployed
You’re too scared when you’re
had to have something more than the average Joe to
get you where you were before you became unemployed.
You've been successful
more often than not or no one would have paid you over $100,000. Dig
believe in yourself. Prepare yourself to avoid these traps, which can
tempting, and that every unemployed job hunter will encounter.
grifters. The unemployed make such easy prey.
You’re smart enough to avoid the vacuum cleaner sales job (actually, I
you’re smart enough to avoid all of the great pretenders – just make
BS filter is always switched to on), but the executive-level straight
commission jobs, selling prepackaged consulting programs or some other
type of supposed
high-end services are no better. The math of the multi-level schemes
seems to make sense, nor do the Secrets of Internet Millions which are
valuable that they’ll sell them to you for $39.95 rather than make
millions themselves. At least these shell game shysters won’t require
an investment from you.
If you want to blow
your life savings and be miserable at
the same time, talk to the modern equivalent of the old covered wagon
salesman, the franchise seller. They’ll let you finally be your own
you’ll run a Subway sandwich shop, a carpet cleaning business or a
You may think you’re fed up with the corporate world until you’ve spent
months running a Mailboxes, Etc., franchise like a friend of mine
Most of these people fail after a year or two, and those who don’t
days working long hours for low pay doing mind-numbingly boring tasks.
think about the band-aid job. One of the
fears people have with hiring someone who is unemployed is that they
anything to get themselves employed:
- “Sure I’ll relocate to Aardvark Corners – as
soon as my
son graduates from high school in 18 months.”
- “I understand that I’m going to have to take a
pay cut –
there really aren’t any jobs available at my level any more.”
- "Our kids have grown and my wife is used to me
away. I'll get an apartment, and go home on weekends.
- “I really don’t want that demanding a job
company your size sounds like it will be really fun.”
Every employer has
heard your answers before, and most of
them are going to figure out what you’re doing. You’re going
to take this
job to fend off the bill collectors … and are going to keep on looking.
Even if unemployment
is painful, taking a dog-dew job is
a bad idea. The appealing companies aren’t going to let you
get away with
this, so it’s only the desperate employers that operate on the edge of
trash heap that’ll hire you. These companies fire people far more
and I’ve seen this start a vicious cycle of one-year jobs, at the end
no one wants to touch the candidate. In addition, it’s
awfully tough to
approach a new employer when you started your current job only nine
– I’ve run into too many job-hunters trying to do this, and I almost
pass. Aim for consulting gigs, contract assignments or
selling your blood
rather than taking the band-aid job.