In a recent interview, one of my clients was asked this question:
Have you ever been asked this question in an interview?
Here are some reasons (some people call them excuses) that job seekers have shared with me as to why they do not have a job:
- I am too old.
- I don’t have a degree.
- I am overqualified.
- I don’t want to start over.
- I can’t seem to find a job with security.
- I never hear back when I send in my résumé.
- I don’t have any experience.
- I didn’t do an internship so I don’t think companies are interested.
- I lack computer skills; my computer skills aren’t that good.
- Job search is too hard.
- I am overwhelmed.
- I don’t know anyone; I don’t have a network.
- My skills are rusty.
- I have never had to look for a job; people have always sought me out.
- I don’t like rejection.
- I don’t know what I want to do.
- There are no jobs, so why bother.
- No one is hiring.
- I just can’t seem to get motivated.
- My parents (kids) have me running around doing all these things for them now that I am not working.
- All the jobs are going overseas/abroad/somewhere else.
- I was making too much money; no one wants to pay me what I was making.
- I get distracted easily and can’t seem to stay focused.
- I have pretty much given up.
- I don’t know how to look online.
- It is so much work to look for work.
- It is too competitive – who would hire me when there is so much talent ‘out there?’
Should an employer ask you the above-referenced question “What is your excuse for not having a job?” what would you say?
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. ~ Florence Nightingale