You’re all in or you’re out!

That’s the slogan for Tech Wildcatters, a mentor-driven seed fund and technology accelerator that invests money and resources in promising B2B startups. They attract only mentors and clients who are willing to get tough when the going gets rough.

That’s like any recruiter. Recruiters put themselves on the line every day, because their clients need talent yesterday. They are only willing to select candidates who get tough when the going gets rough.

Are sabotaging your career search by being tentative, unsure or just plain wimpy? In a great article by Molly Cain, at Monster’s blog, she describes “Six Types of People Who Prevent Their Own Success.” Here’s how that shows up in a job search:

  • About to do it. You find a job lead and hesitate. You are “about to” apply for it. Meanwhile, the recruiter is flooded with 100 great candidates, and you are left in the dust. You have a 24-hour window, at best, to apply for a job. Get to it.
  • The Analyzer. We make decisions every day that are powered by data. Unfortunately, you can always find data on both sides of the equation. You fit the job description, BUT the commute is longer than you want. You need flexible hours, BUT you’re not sure when and how to negotiate remote work. All this analysis takes you out of the game. See number 1.
  • The Doubter. If you have a target job and a target company, you have to BELIEVE it will actually work out for you. Some people throw so many excuses into play that they will literally talk themselves OUT of opportunity before they try to engage. Oh, we’re back to 1 and 2.
  • The Explainer. This is the person who misses a chance, but always has a good explanation. “My ex works at that company, I can’t apply there.” Or, “I just read they had layoffs there.” Or, my favorite, “I have a friend who had a bad experience with a boss.” So what? Bad for someone else might be great for you.
  • The Conditioner. Some people have never attempted to find their limits. They just stop when the going gets tough. Successful people either ignore the conditions or seek to change them. For example, “They need experience writing white papers.” Well, go write one and put it in your portfolio, already.
  • The Freebies. Freebies expect everything to come without an investment—of time or money. Yes, it costs $30 to go to that professional luncheon. It might take 30 minutes to revise your resume a bit. It might cost $350 to attend the right convention. And, yes, a career coach will ask a fee to help you prepare for an interview. Invest in yourself.

So, are you ALL IN? If not, I can help you shift these patterns and get the job you desire.

PS: If you recognize yourself, I can help. My clients get coaching around their self-sabotaging behaviors, and we work to transform the wimpy to the BOLD.
PPS: Thanks to Molly Cain of Forbes for inspiring this article. You can read the original here.

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