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Author: Lavie Margolin, Career Coach

When we are asking others for help, we can often be confronted by feedback that is somewhat unpleasant. Oftentimes, our first reaction is to get mad and upset that the person told us something that we did not like. It is important that we as job seekers surround ourselves with some people who will not only give us encouragement but give us a dose of reality as well. Having worked with students, I have had the ability to point out minor things that might be uncomfortable to discuss but will only serve them better in the future.

I am a stickler with being on time for an appointment. I am a firm believer that if you show up late to class, you will show up late to an appointment, will show up late to an interview and ultimately a job. I always point out when someone is even five minutes late to an appointment, suggesting that they leave themselves fifteen additional travel minutes in the future.  A few years ago, I asked a student the following: “I noticed that you are fifteen minutes late to see me. Would you show up fifteen minutes late to an interview?” Student: “Of course not!” Me: “Then why did I not get the same respect?”

This student sat in the appointment with a scowl for the rest of our time but he was never late to another appointment. He secured a great internship shortly thereafter and is now working successfully in the field. We frequently correspond to this day on Linkedin. Perhaps there are one or two minor things that are hurting your job search but are not apparent to you? If someone you respect has constructive criticism, listen as you never know if it will be helpful advice.


About the Author: Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach and the author of Lion Cub Job Search: Practical Job Search Assistance for Practical Job Seekers. To learn more, go to Lavie’s website, Lion Cub Job Search:www.Lioncubjobsearch.com