Top 10 Reasons Candidates Get Dinged

Two weeks ago the held a weeklong series entitled “Seek Week” featuring a wide-range of career industry experts. One of those was Kent Burns, Partner with MRINetwork. Kent specializes in placing finance and accounting professionals.

Part of this presentation included “Top 10 Reasons Candidates Get Dinged,” and his list follows. None of these should come as a surprise to my faithful readers …

  • Poor resume development
  • Energy, energy, energy
  • Answers not specific enough
  • Weak value proposition
  • Can’t build the bridge
  • Not a business person; don’t “get it”
  • Cannot clearly articulate desires
  • Weak presence
  • Lack of questions; poor question
  • Inability or unwillingness to CLOSE

Where are you vulnerable in the job search process? What can you do today to begin getting better results?

Next week we’ll look in detail at the first five on Kent’s list; and in two weeks, we’ll tackle the second half of the list.

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