Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a costly Job search mistake too many job hunters make.
This is one of those difficult conversations for most people to hear because they don’t understand how this affects their success when interviewing.
More and more firms do phone or Skype interviews for initial conversations but eventually, in most situations, you will be invited in for a face to face interview. I saw an article in the Washington Post that wrote about the impact of being out of work on anxiety. When people are out of work looking for jobs or even just looking for jobs and ARE working, they become more anxious because they’re nervous about their interviews and nervous about getting a job and one of the things that happens is that people start to gain weight.
This is an awkward conversation to have but one of the affects of gaining weight is that your clothing doesn’t fit properly and that (this isn’t just for men; it’s for women, too) your shirts or blouses don’t fit properly , your suits don’t fit properly , things just don’t look as well on you.
This is hard advice for me to give because I struggle with my weight and yo yo my weight regularly but, the fact is, you have to watch your weight and, if you’ve noticed yourself putting on a pound or two, you have to do the things necessary to lose that weight before it becomes 5 or 6. After all, things just don’t look as well on you. The space between the buttons is going to start pulling. You won’t be able to button your jacket if you’re a man and present yourself as well. People will notice your trouser button pulling.
And if you don’t think people will notice, you are very very mistaken.
Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
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