Don't let your political enthusiasm hurt your chances to get hired.
Croton on Hudson, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
The presidential election, which is less than two weeks away, has seen a deeply divided electorate. Job seekers can find themselves passed over for a job opportunity or lose a networking contact if they don’t navigate this political environment properly.
JobSearchIdeas.com helps job seekers get hired by showing them how to use today’s job-search-based technology and strategies. Its founder, Michael Sakraida, contends that social media has made it more difficult for job candidates to avoid the politics trap, and immediate action is needed by most people. All the job searches and job listings people use can be undone by ignoring the dangers of politics this year.
“First, job seekers need to be aware of how polarized politics has become, and what that means for them,” says Sakraida. “The Pew Research Center said that political polarization among voters is at a 25-year high. This means we need to avoid politics to prevent possible negativity toward us by potential employers with a different view.”
1. Clean up your online political leanings - Review and delete all of your political-based Facebook and other online postings and content. Sakraida has found that, “most people are amazed by the amount of political content they have online.” Such expressed views can upset a potential employer or job-networking person.
2. Don’t assume a potential employer’s political leanings – “It can be dangerous to assume a potential employer’s political leanings,” says Sakraida. Most people don’t like being profiled, and the job seeker’s chances of getting hired can be ruined if the political assumption is wrong.
3. Avoid stating blindly your political leanings – Job Candidates shouldn’t reveal their political views to someone who hasn’t revealed their own. “Someone may say that there is one dumb candidate, but not say who – reveal nothing,” says Sakraida. Instead, respond with something like how tight the election remains.
4. Hide your political leanings, if different from a potential employer’s – Job candidates need to be diplomatic if a potential employer has different political views. For example, mention the need for the economy to turn around faster in response to a potential employer criticizing your party’s economic views.
5. Tread lightly, even if in the same party of a potential employer – “There still are dangers for a job candidate when a potential employer is in the same party,” says Sakraida. Avoid giving too detailed a personal view of your common party, because the other person may be more liberal or conservative.
6. Focus on you and the job opportunity – The job candidate needs to keep the focus on them because of the limited time and focus of the potential employer. This means avoiding or limiting any political talk. The more the job seeker talks about politics, the more potential traps and negative repercussions.
7. Stop giving out non-verbal political clues – We reveal more non-verbal clues than we realize. A job seeker may tense up or cross their arms if they disagree with a potential employer’s political views. “A way to avoid giving clues, is to dampen our negative feeling to other views by thinking they are reasonable,” says Sakraida.
Unfortunately, Sakraida adds, the dangers and traps of politics for job seekers won’t end with the presidential election. “No matter who wins on November 6, almost half of a job seeker’s potential employers and networkers will be very upset on November 7th – tread carefully!”