A man crosses the border on a donkey. We recorded to ensure that contraband is not, then let him go. For two years the man crosses the border every day riding a donkey while the guards increasingly suspicious, always let you go. Years later, a retired guard walking down the street recognized the man who spent much time across the border. Yours kindly and said:
“We both know that you spent smuggling, what was it? Tell me, please.
“Donkeys, answered calmly.
Studying history is included in the ranking of jokes about psychology and employment, a classic that shows that erroneous beliefs and prejudices lead us to make decisions without regard to important information.
Job search and professional life in general often do not give the results we expect in large part because the information on which we base decisions and implementation of search techniques are not appropriate or necessary.
I present some of the misconceptions that lead to unemployment, job insecurity and professional dissatisfaction across different case studies: that of Alexander, a Law graduate who returns from a frustrated opposition, Julia, a saleswoman who wants to work, Maria Jesus, a teacher who already know, who sought the luck, and John, a stock boy more motivated than first thought.
1. BELIEF OF MOTIVATION: “Everyone wants to work.”
Typically, it is understood (wrongly) that a person who does not work are unemployed, ie who are interested in working and striving to seek employment. But it is clear that there are at any given time many “inactive” who do not want to enter the labor market.
Not all people who do not work have the same motivation to work and therefore do not put the same effort and devote the same time try to seek employment or improve their careers. Eye, it’s okay for not wanting to work or be less motivated to do so than others. But it is interesting to be aware and take the time to prepare quietly vital professional future.
Case Study: leave or stay?
When several people unemployed living in a small city are advised to boost their careers with work experience in large cities, such as Madrid or Barcelona, some reject this option citing the high cost of living and affirming to work outside their city would be “eaten what it served.”
Others, however, are aware that although these experiences to report their short-term economic benefits, are crucial to the future to improve curriculum and professional career. The willingness to accept greater geographical mobility and various working conditions is one of the factors indicate a greater motivation to empleo.En general, with which of these two attitudes you identify, “go” or “stay”?
2. BELIEF OF KNOWLEDGE: “I know why I’m unemployed or why my life goes so wrong.”
If we are asked, most of us would be able to list the assumptions underlying factors of our unemployed, but one thing is to give reasons and another to be right. That self-knowledge is overvalued and it is much harder than it looks.
If we ask “why are unemployed?” Or a bad work situation, certainly we will look at topical and rather vague general answers like “is that now things are very bad in my area” or “it is very difficult to find employment if you have no contacts, as I do, but we hardly sufficient perspective and vision to truly discover the factors involved in our situation without help from counselors or professional counselors.
Case study: The Opposition.
Alexander finished his degree in law with the intention of overcoming some challenging competitions. After years of preparation fell short, and I had prepared no “plan B”, one of the evil ways of choosing the 1st studies. After a period of inactivity and despondency began working before the crisis, a real estate company. I was not pleased but the time passed.
After a couple of years in the agency decided to try to find something better. He enrolled in the public employment office, left some curricula in many employment agencies and some banks, and even thought about setting up a private agency. Repeated from time to time these attempts intermittent job search but never got results. I thought: “Ugh, so now is there are not many job opportunities for graduates in law, I pointed to almost everything and I can not call me. Well, when things really get better interviews. ”
Do you think that Alexander is being realistic? You think you know the reasons why not find work? Are clear about their career goals, has a specific search plan? What is the status of Alexander appears to yours?
3. THE ONLY REASON THE BELIEF: “If I’m on unemployment is something concrete, something in particular I’ve done wrong or not do.”
Things are much simpler than they seem but not necessarily simple. When we are in a bad situation the interaction of many factors and accumulated errors will be responsible. This misconception of the single ground is also related to the belief of knowledge, with that false illusion that we really know the reasons for our problems, in this case, professionals.
Case study: The saleswoman.
Julia decided a few years ago to rejoin the labor market. As for many years worked as a clerk in a family business, most of the time without a work contract, he thought he could return to practice that occupation. A professional counselor helped him put together their resumes and submit an application in person at dozens of shops and supermarkets in their town.
After a few months without a single response was very discouraged Julia: “It must be that as I have only the EGB (General Basic Education, basic studies in Spain a few years ago) do not meet the requirements for being a cashier, or clerk Replenishing. I think I should do a course to upgrade. ”
Decided to take a course of occupational training Dependienta 5 months. It was very dull and theoretical, and above all, there was little contact with companies, but thought it might be worthwhile for the title, which would value the supermarket. Months after the course and months after the filing of dozens of other curricula, the results also came: “I think I keep doing courses, apparently still do not meet the profile.”
Do you think the reason for not selected Julia as a cashier or Replenishing is their lack of training or determinants may be other reasons? Many unemployed people also believe they are poorly qualified for certain jobs and so they embark on many training courses. But in many cases the problem will not be of disqualification or lack of training, but may simply not apply the search techniques more suitable for each case. The cursitis usually does not take the job by itself.
4. BELIEF OF LUCK. “I can not find employment or if I keep it because I have no luck. No luck no matter how long or how hard I try search.
This is possibly the most common and used belief as to the problems one has in life in general, and in seeking employment in particular. The problem with using the luck or bad luck as an excuse for how badly things are going is that sometimes this attitude leads to inactivity: what to keep trying!
We know that the best job search technique is a proper management of personal and professional contacts, a technique also known as networking. And you will realize that the more contacts you make, the more conversations you have with acquaintances and friends, more “luck” will;)
Case study: The teacher (From “The best job search technique”)
Maria Jesus finished Magisterium 5 years ago. Since then he has been giving private lessons to students in his village. Opposition has been submitted to a couple of times but was unsuccessful. There is very happy with his career and the fact of having been engaged for 6 months only in recent years. A labor counselor you mentioned the importance of relationships and contacts with people you know, talked about how to properly use the calendar, how to be more sociable, how to find employment informing acquaintances, relatives and friends, and so on.
Currently leads a month working as a commercial publisher of educational books in which he is very comfortable. It turned out that an acquaintance of his uncle, in turn knew someone who worked at the publishing house and they needed a vendor with educational profile. This guy, that Mary Jesus had recently reported their interest in working, he said: “If you had told me earlier, I had moved before, niece. Do you think that Mary Jesus found the job through luck, or that the chance came to have applied the technique of job search and contact information? What activities could you do to improve your “luck”?
5. BELIEF of divine punishment. “Work is not like anyone, just working to earn money”.
No, appears to have “strange people” who enjoys working because the tasks they carry are related to their personal and professional interests. One can always develop new motivations or find jobs more closely related to what you like and / or develop new interests.
In any case, although the work we perform is not to our liking, we should do so in the most satisfying experience. When you become a specialist in a group of tasks, others begin to recognize your skills and professional values, and maybe become good at a profession is the best way to enjoy this profession, as in the tale of the grinder pencils, included in the 7 stories to start the fall with productivity.
Case Study. The stock boy.
His attitude toward the job began to change, and became interested in other storage tasks. One year after completing school was raised to gain access to better jobs in that factory. Why did John to be more satisfied with their work? What can you do to be happier at work, although not the ideal job?