Tips for new job seekers: Not losing yourself in the behavioral maze

for new job seekers: Not losing yourself in the behavioral maze

If there's one very obvious thing about the job market, it's that there's an oversupply of choices and methods of getting a job. There is such a thing as too much information, particularly when a lot of it isn't particularly useful, and is also time consuming.

The fact is that not all methods of getting a job are effective for everyone. Some people are great interviewees, but get lost in the application process. Other people write great applications, and go into deep freeze at interviews. Many people don't relate well to certain types of behavior or environments, and it affects their ability to find work.

Everybody has a personal style, a social behavior where they're comfortable, and can function effectively. The problem is that people are also often trained to do things that conflict with that personal style. For example, the hackneyed old 'sell yourself' routine doesn't go down well with everybody. They resent it, and find it demeaning. They also often think it's mindless hype, which for a 30-year-old conceptual cliché it's a pretty correct description.

That's quite understandable, but the result is that they also now have a built in aversion to doing any self promotion at interviews. The whole idea has now trained them to dislike the whole idea. If these people were simply told to open up, show their knowledge, and engage the interviewers, there would never have been a problem. Creating the conflict between employment culture and personal style created that problem, and that's what you need to avoid.

One thing all new job seekers should know:

If something about the job hunting process is getting on your nerves, there's a reason for that.

The bureaucratic process of job applications is a case in point. It's not particularly difficult, but even very bright people find it infuriating. Why? Because something isn't being done according to their own most effective personal styles of behavior. It's like being asked to become a pro athlete in the next ten minutes, in terms of people's own personal best practice and performance.

It's also a highly detailed and demanding process. When it becomes repetitive, it increases the frustration to the point of fury, in most cases. That doesn't help in completing the application, let alone getting the job.

The solution is simple. Figure out a personally acceptable way of doing the job applications, where you're satisfied with what you're doing. Don't get into situations where you're fighting yourself, as well as the job hunting problems.

There's a thing called a Preferred Work Style, which has come into fashion in the employment industry now that the idea that people are individuals has finally seeped in. The concept is creating better fits for people and jobs, and it's proving invaluable in reducing stress.