When Does Your Job Search Really End?

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When Does Your Job Search Really End?

Encourager-In-Chief: November 22nd, 2017

Don’t stop too soon!

Miguel in New Jersey asks, “I received interest from two additional hiring employers just after I accepted a new position. I decided not to interview with either one of them. Was that a mistake?”

Only time will tell the answer to Miguel’s question, but as for the rest of you, here’s a simple rule to remember when you’re on a job search: It doesn’t end until you’re holding your first paycheck in your hand.

Why do I feel so strongly about this? Because of my 20+ years’ experience in the staffing industry. It’s human nature to always avoid pain. Let’s face it, when you don’t have a job and you’re facing rejection after rejection, the last thing you want to do is prolong a job search. This is a very costly mistake.

I’ll never forget the day one of my biggest customers called me the Friday morning before one of my candidates was supposed to start with his company on Monday. The candidate had already given two weeks’ notice to his current employer. My client wanted to renege on his offer because his company had suddenly experienced a work slowdown.

Fortunately, I was able to reach the vice president of human resources at my client company who was out of town. Her message was, “you have the candidate show up regularly at 8 AM on Monday morning to report to work. We’re not going to become the kind of company that reneges on its word.”

I wish all business executives had the same integrity as that HR VP, but the reality is, anything can happen. The hiring company could lose a major client. It could face a hostile takeover. It may have a hiring freeze. The hiring manager could die, get fired, or leave the company. You never give up on your job search ahead of schedule. Sometimes, Murphy’s Law kicks in: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time, when you’re unemployed and hoping to be starting a new job.

With everything you have riding on this, it pays to err on the side of caution and pursue any and all opportunities until you’re holding your first paycheck in your hand.

The best way to sell anything is to have more than one buyer.
- Harvey Mackay

(This excerpt is taken from my How to Become Indispensable seminar. )

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