Every office has that one jerk who is so rude you wonder how he or she ever got hired in the first place. Just thinking about people like that stings even more when you consider you’re the one looking for work. But we can all learn a lesson from the a-holes.
Being nice might not make you finish last, but it often leads to finishing 2nd, which is even more frustrating. So here are 10 “nice-guy” mistakes for you to avoid if you ever hope to land a job.
1. Understating your upside
Muhammad Ali said it best: “I don’t mean to brag, but I’m the greatest.” With friends, be humble. When you’re applying for a job, though, by all means brag. Employers want to be impressed. Tell them something that will make them say, “Wow!, not, “well, she seemed nice.”
2. Acting like a friend
Friends ask how your family is. They ask about your day. They comment on how nice your office looks or how excited they are to see you. Do you know what friends don’t do? Pay you $50,000 a year. Act like a professional who wants a job, not a lonely person who’s just glad to leave the house. Read the rest of this entry »