Earlier this week, I read an article by Kathy Caprino, a Career Coach to Mid and Senior-Level Professionals, entitled, The Top 6 Things You Should Never Tolerate In Your Career. In this Forbes’ article, Caprino outlines a checklist of things professionals shouldn’t tolerate.
She observed and engaged in a lot of toxicity in her own corporate career.
“From backstabbing colleagues, to substandard leadership, to unethical practices, there were things I witnessed and participated in that, today, I would never, for a second, tolerate or accept.”
She learned to no longer compromise who she was for employment and hopes others would do the same.
Upon reading her article, I immediately thought about its application to those going through a career transition.
You desire a job and have been doing what you’re supposed to: researching companies, preparing and submitting applications, and reaching out to other professionals, for example. But you haven’t yet gotten a job offer.
How often do you consider dropping your standards, so you can get back to work?
Things You Should Never Tolerate In Your Job Search
You have a resume gap but shouldn’t slip while looking for a job. Below, I’m listing 4 Things You Should Never Tolerate In Your Job Search—inspired by Ms. Caprino’s article.
#1. You Should Never Tolerate a Diminishing View of Your Value.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is: allowing a lengthy job search to diminish the way you view your value.
Yes, you’ve been embarking on an extended job search with constant rejections. But, still, you shouldn’t feel inferior to others in the job market.
If you’ve been feeling this way, then please shift your perspective. Your value hasn’t lessened because you’ve been out of a job for some time now.
Your value doesn’t come from a job offer. It won’t even come from the paychecks you’ll receive in your future position.
You’re more than job offers and paychecks.
Please believe it!
And, as you continue your search, don’t focus on whether you’ll measure up to the wants of employers. Instead, focus on the ways you can help companies as an employee.
Do your best to show this in your presentations on paper and face-to-face.
Prepare your cover letters and resumes to the best of your ability. Prepare for your interviews, so things go smoothly on your behalf.
From there, if employers don’t want your valuable services, then you keep it moving.
#2. You Should Never Tolerate a Lack of Integrity.
You must maintain integrity in the job search. I’d never tolerate a lack of integrity—even as a job seeker.
You shouldn’t either.
In your search for a job, do your part as an applicant and candidate: honestly prepare your application and cover letter, show up to interviews on time, and keep negativity out of your interviews.
You may not know it, but employers evaluate these things to determine whether you’ll accept employee responsibility for your assignments.
You should focus on your own behavior (as opposed to employers’ behaviors) and how you can improve—whether you land the job or not.
Consider the following job search integrity tips from Temple University’s Fox School of Business:
- “Do purge your resume of false information. Today’s background checks are thorough and inconsistencies will remove you from the pool of candidates.”
- “Do keep in mind that the honesty and integrity of a candidate consistently ranks in the Top 10 character traits that employers look for year after year. (National Association of Colleges and Employers)”
- “Don’t embellish your skill set and experiences. You may face great embarrassment on the job when you are unable to perform at the level you promised in the interview.”
- “Don’t risk losing a good opportunity to learn and earn, by compromising honesty and integrity in the job search.”
#3. You Should Never Tolerate Employers’ Abuse.
In her Job Seeker, How Much Abuse Will You Take? article on Forbes, Liz Ryan, CEO of Human Workplace, says:
“Job-seeker abuse is real, and it’s getting worse.”
She goes on to say: “The humanity has dropped completely out of most corporate and institutional hiring practices. Job-seekers are treated like cattle.”
Even when an opportunity looks promising, you shouldn’t tolerate employer abuse. No type of abuse is acceptable.
Put boundaries in place.
Look for red flags in the hiring process and run when you see them.
If you don’t separate yourself from this type of treatment in the hiring process, then you set yourself up for it on the job.
Here are several things to watch out for in your job search. Approved Index, an online B2B lead generation company, created the job infographic below:
It’s important to educate yourself on abuses in hiring. Help yourself make the best decision possible.
#4. You Should Never Tolerate a Neglect of Your Health and Well-Being.
If you’ve been reading this blog, then you know I’ve been guilty of this one.
When I began the search for my next position, I blurred the line between life and job search. I wanted to reenter the workforce quickly. I stretched myself too far because I didn’t want to be “lazy.”
With the passage of time, I learned the importance of taking care of myself while job hunting. In my opinion, you should do the same.
Though you’re looking for a job, you shouldn’t engage in a 24/7 job search. When you do so, you neglect your health and well-being.
You wear yourself down and don’t live your life like you should. Commit to taking care of your whole being—spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically—daily.
Below are a few ways to do so:
- “Pray and Meditate. Spiritual refreshing is necessary. Unemployment is challenging, and some days are harder than others. Make time to internally refresh yourself through prayer and Godly meditation.” – Priscilla, Everything You Must Know About Unemployment Stress – And 5 Stress Management Tips to Consider │ Serenity Amidst Frustration
- “Keep to a Schedule. When you begin your job search, set a schedule of when you will be doing the work of applying for jobs. Consider this your work schedule and be sure you stick to it.” – Lisa Rangel, How to Properly Care for Yourself When Looking for Work │ Chameleon Resumes
- “Exercise. It’s a well-established fact that even moderate exercise a few times a week can do wonders for your mood. Walk, bike, go to the gym or get involved in any kind of sports.” – Arnie Fertig, 7 Ways to Live Long and Prosper While Job Searching│ U.S. News’ On Careers Blog
- “Laugh. Laughter is a good way to uplift your spirit. It has great health benefits too: it provides a good heart workout, it reduces stress, and it improves moods. – Priscilla, Feel Better Today By Laughing │ Serenity Amidst Frustration
- “Set leisurely “me time” aside for yourself each day. Set aside a bit of time each day for leisure time to read, watch your favorite TV show, play a game, spend time outside—whatever else helps you feel relaxed and recharged.” – Melissa Major, How to Take Care of Yourself During the Job Search │ FindSpark
- “Be aware of your self talk. A large percentage of our thoughts tend to be negative (more than 90% according to some studies.) Our thoughts (if we believe them) trigger certain feelings and emotions. For example, if you think “I’ve been out of the job market for too long. Companies will not want to hire me” chances are good that you will feel fear, panic, maybe sadness. How will those emotions help you to stay positive and motivated?” – Helene Cho, Self-Care During a Job Search│ Jobfully Blog
- “Take Time Off. Giving yourself permission to take time off from looking for work will help you deal with the frustrating and depressing parts of the process.” – Melissa Washington, Get Back to Work: Smart & Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move│ Get Back to Work
Have You Been Tolerating These Things?
As you’ve seen, I tolerated one of the 4 things you should never tolerate in your job search. But, I learned and made the necessary correction.
I hope reading this article encourages you to: reflect on things you’ve been tolerating, learn, and make changes.
You can do it!
If you haven’t yet tolerated any of them, I hope you choose not to do so in the future as well.
Believe you’re valuable. Maintain integrity in your job hunt. Refuse abuse from employers. Take care of your whole being.
Disclaimer: I am not a Human Resources, Employment, or Career Professional by training. When I write on job search topics, I write from the perspective of a job seeker with job search experience in today’s job market.