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5 Deadly Sins to Avoid on Your Road to Finding a Job

Written by Peter Jones

When you’re searching for a job, it can be tempting to give up and begin to doubt yourself. It can be difficult especially if all signs point towards failure. Here are 5 deadly sins you should avoid on your road to finding a job.

1. Don’t be afraid

Don’t fear failure or what people think. You can’t change the probability of either; you can only psych yourself out. Give everything, and everyone, your best shot. Be yourself and strive to be every bit as good as you can be, then better. There will be things you can’t control, but focus on what you can do and take comfort that at least you won’t be holding yourself back unnecessarily.

2. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do

If you find yourself trying to make important decisions to please important people in your life, take a step back. If it helps, write down what all the voices in your head are saying. Write down their pros and cons so you can weed out your own. 

3. Don’t slack

No matter your potential, if you don’t put the work in and get yourself out there, you’ll never break those barriers. Practice more, work harder, and keep a positive attitude—even in the face of obstacles. Sometimes going forward when you feel like you can’t is the final step.

4. Don’t ease up

Maybe you’re happy enough where you are. But is it really worth risking your wildest dreams for “happy enough” or settling for “good enough”? Never be satisfied with where you are. Stay hungry. Stay positive. Keep your eye on the prize.

5. Don’t give up

This is part of the “don’t be afraid of failure” step. Failure can actually be constructive. It can give you what you need to overcome the final obstacles, make the adjustments, and set yourself on the right track for success.

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