Supporters: Great Assets
or Your Worst Nightmare
I have not come across anybody writing or giving advice about changing jobs that has specifically addressed the people who need to support you when you’re looking for a new job. These people can be your finest supporters or your worst nightmare. They can be a tremendous asset in your looking for a job and performing well on an interview, or they can be one of the greatest hindrances you will encounter. I’ve experienced many well-meaning supporters in the form of spouses, parents, ex-spouses, relatives, friends, and acquaintances who can totally destroy an otherwise perfectly good job search process.
It is very important that you get as many of the supporters that you might have to read at least this chapter of this book. Certainly, you are going to read it; but it is especially important for those closest to you, who are going to help you in your job search, to be ready for the same roller-coaster ride that you are going to experience. What’s so treacherous about the involvement of the supporters is that they can screw up the process more than they can help, and they do it most of the time in the most well-meaning fashion.
If the supporters become very aware of their positive role in your job search, they will help you not only get interviews, but perform well on those interviews. One or two of your supporters should be helping you every day to prepare for interviews. They should be helping you practice your interviewing skills and answers to the questions in this book daily.