Job Search "blurts"

By: Marilyn J. Tellez

Job Search "Blurts"

I coined this word to draw attention to the nervous and apprehensive way of saying something in the job search that makes the job seeker feel like a buffoon. A "blurt" is a catchy way of saying: Gaffe.

When is a blurt inappropriate? An example would be when an interviewer has explained to you what the job duties are and your say: "Oh, I can't work on Saturdays". The interviewer has not said anything about Saturday work, just talking to you about what the job duties are. You, as a job seeker, have been thinking ahead, possibly, but you made a "big blurt". You were not listening and fumbled your way out of the next phase of the interview, if there is to be one.

Since "blurting out" is a common occurrence, here are some tips to keep it from happening.

1. When approaching a friend or acquaintance about who you might want to talk to about a job opening, don't talk about your being out of work or about your experiences with previous employers. Your network knows more about why you're not in that last job than you do.

2. Prepare a simple script when approaching anyone about a possible job. Memorize your script when you are talking to people or just gathering information. The memorized script will keep you on track.

3. Rehearse for an interview. Know enough about the employer for you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable. Be friendly and relaxed. Stay on the subject that the interviewer brings up, even if there is a long silence. A "blurt" often happens when you feel the need to talk when the interviewer is silent.

4. Don't try to be perfect. You, like everyone else, will make some mistakes and gaffes along the job search route. Some, in retrospect may be funny. And, a gaffe might get you a job if it is not too pronounced. A potential employer with a sense of humor might want you to come in on Monday!

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