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Recently, we wrote about an engineer who drew attention to his misplaced job situation with a creative-ironic MashUp. And asked the question: Could such a creative dissatisfaction also be a creative job search? No, my career specialist Svenja Hofert, because the attitude of the candidate is too negative. But is that easy to say?


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Why are some people just not successful?

Svenja Hofert immediately tweeted her opinion back: “Good taste by far exceeded. It is clear to me why he doesn't find anything - aggressive attitude ;-) ”- and then submitted a blog post in which she asked: Why are some people simply not successful? It says:

Why are some people unsuccessful?

However, I don't find his idea so funny and creative. And I can see from the type of preparation why the young man did not come to a successful conclusion with his other documents ...

However, a business engineer can get a job himself with a three before the comma in any case. If it does not work out, it is - if it is not a lack of internships or suspicious testimonies - that it is often due to personality and exaggerated ideas.

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Hofert mentions various reasons, which, according to my experience, are surprisingly often connected:

  • lack of adaptability
  • Overconfidence, especially in salary
  • And a lack of self-marketing - especially in the technical area, according to their experience, there are always people who simply cannot sell themselves at all. Neither in writing nor orally, as Svenja notes.

It is precisely this last point that makes me think. Is it so easy to turn all applicants into good sellers? No one can do anything really well; somewhere I read once that there are seller types, which convince just above all with communicative skills - and tinkerer, the tinker rather introverted.

Blinded by self-portrayers

Go one Company Do not you just lose those brilliant minds when you let yourself be dazzled by the self-image of the individual? And is it desirable that only those people who are able to sell well in terms of career technology can make progress?

This reminds me of a blog post I wrote about the topic of people who prefer to be fooled - and for which there was a lot of attention.

Do we have to be all sellers?

Only salespeople: That is of course a bit exaggerated - but when I look around sometimes, I get the impression that it is more and more about selling. Some careerists seem to see it similarly and change horses - like these examples at Spiegel Show online.

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Or is it true that in the end, good performance and humanity prevail in the long run? Is there any long-term study for this often-propagated hope for justice?

Good heads are lost

And do not companies lose exactly those good, clever heads because they just look for adaptability and good selling?

For example, some of the engineers who are desperately not getting a job in Germany have found something relatively fast in foreign countries (Sweden or Switzerland) (just read this comment).

Smart people can be selling badly?

Some time ago I made a blog post on the topic “Lies with the career factor intelligence”. And also quotes Jochen Mai, who states: "The more vehemently I say something, the more successful I am". In other words: the more I am convinced of my own idiocy and don't question it critically ...

Because smart people with ingenious ideas are now more often the more critical and therefore also more self-critical. And that's exactly how they can not sell well.

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Between genius and madness?

Or is it a myth, because supposed geniuses are knocking themselves out in a fit of overconfidence because they cover up their inability to respond to other people? After all, good selling is less about persuading than communicating ...

Doesn't that show that such people are ultimately psychological defects and neuroses, even downright pathological cases, as a HR manager told me in the course of the discussion about the shortage of skilled workers behind closed doors?

Are the people guilty or the system?

Only: Perhaps one must also dig deeper here. For perhaps this is not an indifference, but social phenomena, as coach Markus Väth has criticized in a different context. Perhaps people are not just simply to blame themselves, but education or education.

In any case, a message from the German Association for Educational and Vocational Counseling knows that careers often have something to do with equal opportunities. Only then to call for politics again in the end ... The committed approach of Lecturer Diana Bridde, to make missing teaching works simply myself, I like it already better!

What to do?

These are, of course, questions about questions, all ideas. Answers are difficult because the topic is complex. It is too easy to make with the explanation helps in any case no further. You may have to find solutions in small steps.

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