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Do You Feel Entitled?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: June 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

We all like to think that we’re good at our job; that we not only deserve what we’re being paid but should possibly be earning far more.

However, it’s one thing to consider yourself the best at what you do, and quite another to present that attitude at a job or when you’re seeking employment.

It’s Never About You – It’s Always About the Employer

In this economy, it’s a hiring manager’s market. They have dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands of equally-qualified individuals all wanting to be hired – or to take your place.

If you arrive for your interview with the attitude that the employer is lucky to be interviewing you, don’t expect to be called back. In today’s workplace, a sense of entitlement is a job killer. If you’re continually whining at work about how you’re not appreciated or you’re misunderstood, don’t expect to be there long.

How Do You Come Off to Hiring Managers?

What companies are looking for are individuals with a collaborative spirit, the proverbial team players. Those who accept responsibility easily and own up to any mistakes.

Is that you? Or do you duck projects whenever you can and make excuse after excuse as to why your work product wasn’t up to par?

If you’re finding it hard to get a job, or to keep one, it’s time to look at what you’re doing wrong. Could be your sense of entitlement is the 500 pound gorilla in the room. One you refuse to recognize.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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