Convinced you are too old, too fat, too something to land a job? You might be right. So whatcha gonna do about it?

By Kathy Bernard, Get a Job Blog

A lot of job seekers won’t say out loud what they’re really afraid of. What they fear is hiring companies will perceive them as being too old, too young, too old fashioned, too foreign, too disabled, too something to be considered … and you know what? They might be absolutely right.

People may very well pigeon-hole you by your age, nationality, race, religion, gender, etc. It’s not right, but it happens. So whatcha gonna do about it?

If people judge you because they don’t know you and don’t know what you can do, the only logical solution is to get them to know the best you and prove to them what you can do. Doing so can change their perceptions. Quickly think of someone successful who is:

  • Older
  • Younger
  • A minority
  • Fat
  • Devoutly religious
  • Gay
  • Disabled
  • Shy
  • Foreign born
  • A recovering alcoholic

I could easily come up with someone successful in every category. Could you? Alan Greenspan, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, Aretha Franklin, Albert Pujols, Martina Navratilova, Marlee Matlin, Donny Osmond, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Dick Van Dyke all fit these categories in order.

The cool thing is when you think of these superstars, you likely don’t think of them as old, fat, shy etc. at all. You just think about them as talented. These successful people didn’t let people’s perceptions of their “deficiencies” get in the way of their success and neither should you.

So what can you do?
1) Play up your strengths
2) Shore up your weaknesses
3) Work your network
4) Strut your stuff – How you carry yourself is how people will perceive you. If you think of yourself as “too something”, they will think you are “too something” too. But if you exude confidence in yourself and in your abilities, hiring companies will have confidence in you … and that can help you … Get a Job!

Finding work is tough. I know. I have been there. If I can be of help to you, let me know.  The best way to reach me if to invite me to connect on LinkedIn. — Kathy

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