No Better Than A Miracle Diet Pill

Some job seekers are no better than those companies pushing miracle diet pills. Their product can’t live up to sales claims. They market themselves as having capabilities they know aren’t truly theirs to claim. Potential customers who aren’t desperate and take the time to ask the right questions recognize this truth and save themselves from throwing away money on something that won’t really deliver what they need. There are always those under enough strain to get results quickly, however. These customers are ripe for being taken advantage of by those making false promises.

Though I firmly believe it is the customer’s responsibility to research a product before shelling out money, that doesn’t mean those pushing garbage are off the hook. Just as I detest companies looking to profit off of people’s desperation, I have a low regard for those looking to take money from a company to do a job they know they aren’t suited for. Though some may think I’m overreacting, it’s theft. It’s taking money for something history has proven you aren’t cut out for. Contrary to what some job seekers may believe, it really is essential companies get what they pay for from employees. This is especially true these days with so many companies running lean and mean.

To be fair, those I’ve met who are chasing jobs they aren’t suited for don’t think they are trying to scam anyone. They really aren’t thinking much at all. They are going through the motions. The last few times they were looking for work it was for an XYZ position, so it’s only natural to do as they’d done in the past. The thing is, if companies are letting you go from XYZ position, if you are receiving feedback your work isn’t up to snuff, then you have no business going down that road again until you’ve developed appropriate skills. Sure, there are exceptions. There are times when companies don’t provide an environment or circumstances conducive to success. For the times when the shortcomings rest squarely on your shoulders, be honest about it. Trying something and realizing it’s not for you isn’t horrible. It happens. The problem lies in continuing to market yourself to companies as able to help them accomplish certain goals and tasks when you know it’s not true. Move on. Find your true means of adding value to a company.

2 Comments

  • David Brooks says:

    Lisa,

    While I do agree with you in terms of chasing job that one is not sutied for, how do you market yourself if your education and background is of a nature that would fit into many different companies? Job titles are not always what they appear to be and even job descriptions usually have a disclaimer that includes other duties that may or may not fit you.

    I’m really enjoying your blog……

    David Brooks

  • Lisa says:

    Great question, David. Many of us are capable of benefiting companies in all sorts of ways. It’s great you recognize that. Too many don’t. Usually job seekers pigeon hole themselves and fail to consider all of the tools they have at the ready to put to use for an employer.

    You are right about titles not being a true indication of what a job involves. Needs change once hired, too. The important thing is to have a fair understanding of what individual skills, abilities and resources you have to offer. Itemize them and ask yourself, and the employer, in each situation which matter. Which would likely play the greatest roles in a successful outcome. We can’t sell ourselves and evaluate opportunities well with generalizations. Getting down to the specifics and finding how you fit from multiple angles is the way to win.

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