Self-Defeating Behaviors of Job Candidates

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2017-09-07 Email

The majority of employees feel they have "just a job" instead of a career, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder, and many actually hate what they do. So it's not surprising that many of these workers are looking for a new employer. And, perhaps in a fit of desperation, a few have used the following bizarre tactics in an effort to stand out from the crowd. Clearly, job seekers should resist such temptations, while focusing on what potential employers really want to see: an impressive—but honest—résumé, good preparation for the interview and strong references. "When workers don't enjoy what they are doing, they are more inclined to pursue other options, and there are many routes for them to take as the U.S. continues to add jobs," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Arming themselves with what employers are looking for will help job seekers stand out from the competition—ultimately landing a new opportunity that will be more personally rewarding for them." Nearly 2,370 U.S. hiring and HR managers and more than 3,460 employees took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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