Why The Jobless Don’t Get Hired

September 29, 2011 |

As a career coach, I do not teach people the mechanics of how to look for jobs: How to write cover letters or resumes, or even how to develop their networking or interview skills. That information is freely available from thousands of Internet sites, and experienced jobseekers know these things already. My coaching focuses on the inner dynamics of employment or a person’s mindset skills, which I believe are more important to their success.

I teach people how to discover their purpose and then encourage them and hold them accountable to achieve the goals they established. They do all the work while I do the coaching. Until they cross the finish line, I guide them in how to create and maintain their best attitudes, self-motivation and performance. Unless their inner dynamics are functioning properly, people tend to procrastinate, do the wrong things, settle for less or give up too soon.

The problem I see with most job seekers is they spend too much time working on the mechanics, and not enough time on the inner dynamics. They devote days and weeks to tweaking their cover letter and resume, and then interviewers spend only two minutes sizing up their appearance and paperwork. For the next 58-minutes, interviewers analyze their mindset skills. In fact, the whole idea of behavioral interviewing is to look deeper than a person’s paperwork and self-promotion skills. If the job seeker lacks the mindset skills to persevere and perform well, they will not get the job, and all the hard work they put into their mechanics will not matter. However, if the job seeker’s mindset skills are well developed, they may get the job, even if their mechanics are not spot-on. I have lost track of the times we hired people without updated resumes or the best qualifications, simply because we liked them better than we liked someone else.

Ultimately, employers hire people, not their paperwork. From the employer’s point of view, there is no business justification to hire anyone who lacks the fundamental ability to persevere and perform well. The mechanics of employment are important only to the extent they help facilitate the staffing process, and enable people to achieve consideration. Thereafter, the inner dynamics or mindset skills are what employers rely on to decide whom to hire from among the people they are considering.

Here is the point: Inner dynamics trump the mechanics. Job seekers spend the majority of their time on matters that enable their consideration, but spend very little time on matters that determine who is hired. Then, when the employer announces they found someone better qualified, the interviewee becomes discouraged because they believe they are most qualified, and they may well be. What they do not understand, however, is that employers are looking at the total package, and place greater weight on the mindset skills, which jobseekers neglect to develop.

I do not fault job seekers for this problem. Instead, I fault the system that is supposed to help them. Look around at the career services offered by career schools, colleges, One Stops, military transition programs, and all the other helping organizations. They all provide the same redundant services and suggestions related to the mechanics of how to look for jobs, but when it comes to your mindset skills, you are on your own. If an employer rejects you, they are unlikely to tell you the real reason why or how to correct the problem. Your lack of mindset skills remains a mystery until someone with the knowledge and courage finally tells you. That’s my job.

This gap in basic job search training helps us understand why employers believe the jobless are unqualified. It helps us understand why millions of job seekers have become discouraged and ill or have stopped looking, and why 32-states have had to borrow billions to fund their unemployment benefits as a result. This gap in training is why the President’s new job plan makes it illegal to reject people because they lack a job. It also helps us understand why the Federal Government recently passed new legislation that penalizes career schools if they are unable to place their graduates fast enough. We keep treating the symptoms without providing a cure.

Beyond teaching returning veterans how to look for jobs, we must also develop their mindset skills to persevere and perform well until they can find jobs. Until we finally address the inner dynamics of employment, we will keep chasing our tails and allowing job seekers to suffer the consequences.

About Jeff Garton

Jeff Garton is on a mission to expand the existing job search training currently being provided to returning veterans and their spouses by academic institutions and the Department of Labor's Career One Stop Centers. He is a certified coach and bestselling career author whose background is specialized in leading the global staffing for Kraft Foods and Miller Brewing. He is author of the new Jobseeker Success Mindset Training program. For information, visit the course Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jobseekersuccessmindset.


  1. Paul Fruehauf says:

    A long article that didn't say much. Buzzwords like mindset skills and inner dynamics sound important, but are not very usefull without examples to define them.

    • duek says:

      My thoughts exactly Paul. It was a waste of my time reading it.

    • Carlos Alatorre says:

      You said a lot more than than this person in a long article.

      It is find to have the proper mind set (attitude) However this person left out that mechanic are needed to make contact with a potential employer (resume or application are also important).By the way, these are important marketing tool used to talk about a person before that person gets the opportunity to interview or move forward in the job search process. By the way these tools need to reflect strong mindsets (skill with strong positive attitude).
      Signing out with a strong and proper positive mindset.

      Carlos Alatorre. Tap Facilitator at 29 Palms MCAGCC

    • Heck48 says:

      I'm still looking for what constitutes "mindset". Is it attitude? Is it a Napolean complex? I need 1) mindset specifics 2) elements of mindset.
      Is it a learned behaviour? Are there any classes on this? Do Acting classes or arguing Law or debating classes help? How does one know when they've gone overboard or become obnoxious? How do you temper it? I feel like you Pau, the writer need to elaborate.

    • Marc Waters says:

      Well in my experience as a job seeker, if the resume isn't what it needs to be, you won't get the job interview to show case your mindset skills…we are not even afforded the cahnce.

      • Marc Waters says:

        Sorry..I might add that with the hundreds and thousands of applications/resume what recruiter physically goes through each one of those. The computer sorts out those that have the most "hits" or key words so those individuals who werent even selected will not have a chance to the interview to showcase or demonstrate their "minset skills"

    • Steve S. says:

      I also agree. Mindset? Inner dynamics? How are these demonstrated if we are forced to apply over the internet? All we have to develop and sell ourselves with are cover letters and resume's. Getting to talk to a real live person about a potential job is almost impossible, let along getting a job interview appointment to show these ambiguous traits.

    • Scott says:

      I agree, the article use alot of buzzwords and the employers are very close to Sigmumd Freudian the prospective employees. Stop with the mind games.

  2. marcellus says:

    This article is a start in the right direction. Perhaps thinking as an employer would also helps. One ought know what the 'mission' of the company is, without knowing this, do not even apply. Homework first, situation analysis, then 'what if…' This is ones overall plan for interviewing.

    • Frederic says:

      It is good to know some of what the company does, but how much should one do of this type of investing? I could spend hours of researching, but I am not going to seek employment from one company wait and pray. I have needed to open as many doors as possible to increase my chances. I just got my dream job, I did not get asked anything about their company just what experience I had. This was logical to me, how much time does the company invest in me by: reviewing my resume, calling me for an interview, then conducting the interview? Not near as much as I could researching the company to gain information to woooo them. The ROI needs to be realistic for both employer and prospective employee.

  3. FreedomFan says:

    I'm confident the author referred to mindset and inner dynamics to mean a positive attitude and outlook on life in general and the potential job in particular. One needn't look further than an episode of "Friends" or "Cheers" to identify examples of characters who have a pleasant, confident, relaxed disposition and those who have a negative outlook on life and depressing or annoying conversational skills. To persevere and perform well is to remain confident in ones character, experience and skills and to remain committed to perform the task at hand well, on time with little drama or demands which distract their future boss from an already busy life. Hope this helps. Best of luck!

  4. Vic says:

    Like my Daddy said It takes a job to get a job….it works. My daugther wanted to quit her job because she couldn't stand her boss. My advise to my daughter was to hold on until she found the right job. Despite her grumbling it took about a year but she was able to find the job she really wanted with better salary. The fact she was still employed her new employer could view her performance and hire her. I know the author wants to keep his trade secret because he wants to make money. My advise is free.

  5. Larry Alexander says:

    My experience supports the discussion in this article. I have experienced being selected for promotions over folks who had attained much higher education than I did. I have even lost "friends" as a result of being selected for promotion when "on paper" they seemed to be more qualified. Attitude and understanding and willingness are significant attributes that most employers are trying to measure during employment interviews.

  6. Leon says:

    All said is good but the author missed a big amount of what interviewers often do-prejudice, discrimination.we keep on hiding this monster but the stink simply cant be hid.

    • What employers are looking for is a warm body that will not speak unless spoken to and to work for as cheap as possible, essentially a slave! they don’t care if you’re a vet or not, truthfully we’re a dime a dozen…

  7. ITT says:

    ITT Mission Systems is hiring go to http://www.ittsystems.com/careers.htm
    Take a look at all the jobs and apply.

  8. LIAM says:


    • Ms.ActivelyPositive says:

      there are plenty of jobs. the issue is not lack of jobs, it's lack of qualified people to fill them. The reality is that the world has changed – technlogy, globalization, and yes, required job skills. So I busted my butt and completed an 18 month Master's degree and volunteered to get the related "work experience" in order to be a qualified candidate for the field that I want to work in. I am a single mom with two kids, and decided that showing my kids how to succeed is better than whining that there are "no" jobs.

      • Stewart says:

        Exactly right .. we are desperate to fill jobs where I work (The Pentagon) but few who are express interest are qualified.

  9. Todd says:

    Liam..you mindset skills are registering in the negative spectrum…you need to concentrate on positive inner dynamics…there- now I'm a career coach too!

  10. Goose53 says:

    Vic missed the point. Although, he's right that having a job IS an edge, when job-searching, this article was about folks who are, already, jobless. Not about someone who wants to change jobs.
    LIAM, also, needs a reality check. Since this article is about blowing an interview, there MUST be a job opening. They don't interview people, unless they have a position to fill.
    FreedomFan is the only commenter that understood the article, but I have to agree with Dale regarding the content.

  11. Edith says:

    Unfortunately, all the inner confidence and positive mindset, researching the company, etc. does you no good unless you know how to mechanically manipulate the computerized keyword pickers to get your resume in front of a human, who will most likely be an HR tech with no idea what the hiring manager is really looking for. The best way to even get an interview these days is to know someone who already works where you want to work and can get you an introduction or recommendation. Sad, but true.

    • Trish says:

      You are so right!! I have been turned down 3 times by the same person that suppose to read the job requirements. I worked as a payroll/hr assistant for over 7 years. This selecting applicants for a secretary's position said I wasn't qualified. The job was basic typing, filing, and computer skills. I had that with my first degree from a business college not to mention alot more experience and advance education. I trying not to give up but if you don't know anyone on the inside you are not getting in.

    • Edith I agree. I am keeping a positive attitude, but I'm finding the new age of electronic screening of cover letters and resumes to be a significant obstacle. The article sounds great for that coveted time when you get to sit for an interview – but I can't even seem to get that far. Professionals, friends, websites etc have all helped a bit, this electronically screened job market is all new. The days of printing your 1-page resume on nice paper to try and get noticed are very much over. And "veteran" doesn't seem to mean what it used to in hiring, except maybe for the VA. The other day I saw a disclaimer that applicants will not be considered on the basis of (a bunch of protected classes like race) OR veteran's status. If being a veteran doesn't give me a boost, then I'm in hot water. Networking is certainly more important than ever. For networking to be worth anything, you have to survive the screens. Thanks, Mr. Garton, but you have to get past the computers before the "inner dynamics" mean anything!

    • Elisa says:

      Bingo on the right verbage!
      For the last 6 months, I've had -0- luck despite qualifications and the 'minority' plus for federal reporting, etc… Then I received a call from a headhunter who trolled a resume depot and offered me the job of my dreams. Why? He told me straight out that other resumes popped up on his keywords but mine was the only one that didn't make him guess and hunt for just what I've done with those keywords. It impressed him that I had a concise yet dynamic resume that didn't give him a headache. When he called me, of course it was an initial defacto interview. Ya'll are right I believe – set up mechanics for success, but you've got to follow thrThe beauty of being declined previously is that its practice. In that phone call, I had MUCH previous practice on how to listen, hone in, and feedback what I heard along w/ asking expected questions with confidence (as opposed to begging). Something I hadn't done in those unsuccssful interviews exactly.

  12. Larrydaj says:

    Good article however the majority of job agencies that contact me and setup phone interviews Do Not even know what their client companies want or expect. They provide general job descriptions but when asked for more details they don't have them. So I jump into phone interviews Not Knowing what to expect and many times are overwhelmed by the multitude of questions from innumerous subject matter areas and no where in tune with job description. There could be more job agencies than there are actual jobs since I am constantly contacted by numerous agencies about the same position. All my preivious jobs were obtained directly from the company that hired me but this New Generation has decided that job agencies are necessary but in the end this just complicates an already difficult process.

  13. Lin says:

    To be an effective writer one should not use jargon, or words that may have multiple meanings. You speak of "mindset;" what the heck do you mean by "mindset"? Spell it out in black and white. What doe change your mindset mean to the job hunter. Your article was ridiculous. Your article was a waste of my time. Re-read from the reader's standpoint, and speak in lay terms if you want to help… PS. How did you land the writing job, 'cause you are not very good. ;-9

  14. Lin says:

    Ok, like Bush? Whatever, you just hate black people, admit it!

  15. Ms.ActivelyPositive says:

    A positive mindset is only the motivator that helps propel you onto the right track. But it’s not just enough to be positive enough to show up to the race. We have to also prepare for the “big day” and train for what we want. There are plenty of jobs. The issue is not lack of jobs – it is lack of qualified people to fill them. The reality is that the world has changed – technology, globalization, and yes, required job skills. So I busted my butt and completed an 18 month Master's degree and volunteered to get the related "work experience" in order to be a qualified candidate for the field that I want to work in. I am a single mom with two kids, and decided that showing my kids how to succeed is better than whining that there are "no" jobs. It’s not enough to run the race, you have to train hard and stretch yourself beyond your current capabilities. The “mindset” the author refers to helps you to see how to do that.

    • I like your comments Ms. A.P. One question: how did you land relevant and meaningful volunteer work? I've heard this recommendation for years – that volunteering can help to give your resume a boost. But volunteer where? In what capacity? The lack of responses I'm getting seems to indicate that my resume's too fragmented or doesn't have enough proper experience for a paying job at the moment. Keeping the positive attitude, I've thought of internships, but no one will hire me for an internship (even non-paid arrangements), because I'm working on my MBA and most companies want undergrads. I would gladly volunteer somewhere and work hard like a crazy person, but how do you broach the subject? How do you get started? No place I've found wants some random "volunteer" around.

      If anyone's working at a company near Boston, MA, and you want some free labor in HR, let me know… I'm working on an MBA and my PHR, and I'll work hard. Let me volunteer for you!

  16. Mason says:

    "Ms. ActivelyPositive" it's nice you have a positive attitude and that you believe there are "plenty of jobs", but I don't think you are dealing with reality. Yeah, you are right about one thing, there are jobs out there- but you have to have the qualifications to get them- the education, the licenses, the certificates. Oh, and let's not forget the experience- every employer seems to be looking for that. The fact is, if you don' t have EXACTLY what they are looking for, you don't get the job. All the "positive thinking" in the world isn't going to get you the job unless you have EXACTLY what they want, because this is an EMPLOYER'S ECONOMY. I know what I'm talking about, I'm unemployed and I see this and experience it every day. By the way, I have plenty of work history, honorable discharge and a Bachelor's Degree, but these employers want me to work for $10 or less! How do you live off of that kind of money?

    • Tiny Squirrel says:

      Dear Mason, employer's economy since at least 99. Your best option may be to unload what you have, lv CONUS. Reality check, anticipate your worst nightmare (no matter how bad) may likely occur. Select country with lowest cost of living and re-integrate. Bachelor's degrees useless. Every technician job open (~6K apps hit it). With your military background (use utmost caution) #### doesn't attack (or eat you)(See movie gladiator (Like that)). Best of success and for your sake please don't get eaten.

  17. Tony K. says:

    Employment is not supposed to be about PERSONALITY. It's supposed to be about how hard you WORK, how honest you are, and can you make the organization some money.
    Employment has turned into a social scene. That's why the country doesn't have any money. It's not President Obama. Not enough income is being generated.

  18. One thing the author eluded to was having confidence in one's abilities and skills and showing it without looking arrogant during an interview. I was discharged during a recession (1985) and ended up with multiple job offers in management training programs (me being an E3 and no college degree). Fast forward 25 years and I'm reaching into that old bag of tricks again, re-reading the Handbook for Marine NCOs and reviewing leadership traits.

    We have the skills; we need to jumpstart our mindset and get that confidence back that being unemployed sucked out of us.

  19. PRPL1 says:

    You mean Bill Clinton, because that was one of the best economic times in my lifetime.

  20. What makes this boof-boy dangerous is that he’s only partially right. Having that go getter attitude & great out-look might get you the job over the the properly qualified individual, “but you folks that are actually qualified!!!”, you better have your running shoes on! Because when that idiot turns out to have that promotion to his/her level of incompetency or is exposed for the idiot they are, you may very well get that second chance… so don’t burn that bridge.

    Lest ye forget what this moron also forgot to mention as well, dress the part too. All the experts spout this crap about dotting “I”s & crossing “T”s, when Spielberg did it the best when he wanted to be the next biggest film director. He freaking dressed up like a big time movie money mogul and walked right into the front gate and onto the movie sets. Dress the part, for christ’s sake act like you want the part (what this wind bag is talking about) and then “f-ing” deliver. I’ve NEVER gone without work. And no, I don’t mean mowing lawns either.

    But I do empathize with Mason as well. The $100K+ a year simply aren’t turning up even through networking.

  21. Darryl says:

    The reality is that people hire people. The evaluation process for lower level jobs is nothing more than a lottery with the ability to increase your odds if you have an actual interview. A company hiring three people can turn away dozens of qualified applicants, some who would perform better than the selected candidates. It's a gamble. For upper level jobs, those that really pay, there is more referral involved than most people want to admit. We all know qualified people in the upper and middle level of management also get turned down. The reason belongs to the hiring official. If a person is not qualified or not capable of doing a good job, that can be readily identified. Who can do a better or the best job is where the hiring system fails.

  22. Broken Knuckles says:

    I agree with the author that job seekers should improve on their mindset skills. Just because a person checks all the boxes throughout their career such as quality work experience and education, does not entitle them to a job. Although these are necessary attributes, it is equally important to guide your mindset toward the industry you are trying to enter. You have to ensure that you are the right fit for the job you are entering. Keep in mind that this "fit" can take several years. It may require that a person has to start at the bottom of the chain and prove themself again. Let me tell you, this can be a humbling experience–I've been there.

  23. Chief Walksalot says:

    The author talks a lot of hot air. Most HR reps have admitted that if you've been out of work for more than 30 days, you are not likely to be interviewed. Also, HR doesn't look for reasons to call you in for an interview: they look for reasons to disqualify your application, they tell me, since they are often inundated with applications and resumes. Your best chance is if you meet the qualifications and have some experience for the position. Forget all the advice gurus. I've been on both sides of the desk.

  24. Gina says:

    I can really see where you are coming from in this article. I'm my own worse enemy…I have great job skills…on paper I look like an excellent candidate…but I have zero social skills and do horrible in interviews…especially when I’m interviewing for a job I really really want . I know there is so much riding on me getting this position that my nerves surface and I become a mindless idiot. I don’t think I can find a class to teach me social skills, and how not to run on at the mouth, and how to keep my brain from zoning out when my nerves are rattled. On the other hand when I know there is not much riding on a job and I don’t care one way or the other…I do well in the interview! I’m my own saboteur! AHHH!

  25. Microbe says:

    To learn the emotional competancies one needs I recommend reading pages 26-27 of Daniel Goleman's book "Working With Emotional Intelligence." We all have Personal Competencies and Social Competencies to develop.

  26. Josh says:

    While the concept behind the article, the "Intangibles" that lead to a person being hired, is good, the execution needs work. The author addresses the subject without really giving a good example of what the mindset of which he speaks actually is. The article also does not address how to get in for the interview in the first place.

    My issue with the job search is that I never get to the point of needing to worry about the mindset, since I do not get called in for interviews. How do you address that problem, which is the biggest obstacle to getting hired, not the 'mindset" I do or do not have.

  27. Neil says:

    While it is true that a long period of unemployment hurts your chance of getting a job… but in today's economy long periods of unemployment are becoming THE NORM. You need to find a creative way to fill that empty space.

    Almost everybody has some type of skill that they can share with others. If you can, start a consulting business. Get the legal requirements out of the way, such as a business license or DBA statement (if you need them at all where you live). It doesn't cost much, and it documents the fact that you are in business for yourself. You may even find out that you don't even need a traditional job anymore.

  28. Tom Glendinning says:

    Jobs have disappeared with a bad economy, exported production and NAFTA. Population rose. More or less simple math points to fewer jobs.
    My complaint is that the "seasoned" workers are overlooked for younger ones. While I wish every young person success, I can not understand why HR would rather hire to train than hire to work. On many levels, a senior worker surpasses the basic skills of young ones.
    Maybe we're too much trouble. We don't tolerate foolish supervision or brainless management. We're over the hill and unusable.
    Wait until the boomers cycle out, retire. You'll have to hire an old guy or gal. Heaven forbid!

  29. Veteran says:

    What does this have to do with the article, or was it just your ignorant way of trying to bash the president. STAY FOCUSED…….

  30. Darryl says:

    I am sure the author did not intend this article to be a one factor fixes all writing. American companies are hiring people in places like Vietnam and India that have less experience and qualifications and their "mindset' is like most Americans, to obtain the job through their experience and qualifications. As I stated earlier, the job process is a lottery. The lottery process does not always go to the most deserving, most qualified or best potential employee. That is how a lottery works. The hiring process just has a few more steps of elimination and some interaction, if granted. This is why the US should not be hunkering down and making the rich wealthier. The more people in the US that can be entrepreneurs and business owners will increase the opportunities for more people that are over looked to become hired. The more competition that is involved, the more people will be needed to spur growth. As Mason stated, this is an employer's economy. The less competition they have in the US for business means there will be less people hired. If people remember, Bill Gates, Michael Dell and the late Steve Jobs were not millionaires when they started business. It's innovative people that will spur job growth, not the established businesses that are large enough to transport jobs overseas. This is the essence of supply side economics, employers dictate to the market and the workers.

    • Brian N says:

      China, India, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Brazil use supply side economics. Otherwise, they would all be 3rd world dumps.

      Bush Jr., Clinton and Obama are socialists who have relied on Keynesian economics with all these "stimulus" ideas, while borrowing money for unfunded social programs. The result is a truckload of debt that will take one generation's standard of living to pay off. Of those three, only Bush understands the importance of American military superiority to maintain a free and prosperous world.

  31. Brian N says:

    Every soldier returning from a combat zone should be entitled to 2 years severance pay as long as they show up once a week for useful activities that will enable them to re-enter the civilian workforce and get their psychological problems (if any) resolved due to PTSD. If we have trillions for Wall St bonuses (friends of politicians) and millions of illegal aliens (friends of socialism), then for sure we can take care of our brave patriots!

    About the article: very good insight to consider. Most jobs(90%+) are going to people you network with, not internet resumes. Focus on 1-3 areas you feel very confident in capabilities or learning skills and move towards finding employment in those areas. You must network and talk to as many people as you can to expose your situation in a wide swath of possibilities. When you go to an interview, sound like you could talk for hours about your accomplishments and provide lots of details. However, unfortunately half the battle is not what you know, but your personality, so professionalism and politeness just as important. They will try to trick you into nervousness. BE PREPARED. Know thyself and the company you are interviewing with.

  32. CJosey says:

    Knowing how to interview is very important, but the job market has become so difficult with all of the technical stuff. Can we just get back to what's real and that is work. Many good people are being looked over, b/c they may can't express they love working with people and therefore they continue to grow to help them solve problems and to promote personal development. There are many people with a disability that are performing on a jobs without all of the technical jargon. Don't get me wrong, education is important, but we want people to conform and perform so much. As a job coach, I do agree with the writer; but I also feel that employer's have to stop all of the shananigans (there I said it).

    Oh yeah, the comment about a real president shows that there is still hatred and racism that continues to exits. Try showing some love and changing your behavior; maybe that is where real change lie and can happen.

  33. JohnnyOnTheSpot says:

    This guy is selling snake oil. It's a classic formula: Most of the jobless apparently have the same basic problem(s), and he has the panacea.

    Point by point:

    Quote: "I teach people how to discover their purpose"
    Response: Apparently, most of the jobless don't have a job or won't be able to get one because they don't have a purpose, and they don't know how to find it. If you're one of those people, too bad for you. Granted, not having a purpose can make you unhappy, which can spoil lots of things, but your stomach doesn't care about any of that. Your stomach will help you find your purpose. It says "feed me". You can get food if you have money. You can get money if you have a job. Therefore, get a job. I can vouch that lots of people who seem to have no purpose beyond survival and reproduction can find jobs and do have jobs in this environment. There's nothing wrong with survival and reproduction, by the way.

    Quote: "I guide them in how to create and maintain their best attitudes, self-motivation and performance. Unless their inner dynamics are functioning properly, people tend to procrastinate, do the wrong things, settle for less or give up too soon."
    Response: I guess this is what the author means by "inner dynamics" and "mindset", but it's not very clear. Anyway, "wow" – most of you unemployed people seem to have really fundamental personal issues. But, don't fret – coach can help you diagnose and adjust your attitude, motivation, performance, procrastination, cluelessness, and/or wimpiness. And then you'll be able to get a job. No worries.

  34. Albert Marine says:

    I have the secret for free…remember jjdidtiebuckle

    now thats the secret for inner dynamics and mental state of success

  35. Kenny says:

    Another type of inner dynamics or mindset needs to evaluated.
    Spiritual mindset. Is the job seeker to be trusted? Is the hiring employer
    to be trusted? Who would want to work with or for the devil?

    Anyone who is in and around age 40, should watch their back. That’s an
    interesting mindset. Many employers utilize the “dead duck age 40”
    mindset for company cost reductions, or restructuring and simply will not
    hire beyond this age. Hint: Many FED jobs cutoff age is 35.

  36. V4Mankind says:

    The old chestnut still true 'Find a need and fill it"
    An "institutional" education system teaches folks to lead zombie-like vocational lives – not being able to think on their feet. They generally go through life looking backwards, stumbling into this or that that pays wages. Sure, when structure (job loss) is taken away it's hard to navigate always looking back. Now, the job market involves strategy and tactics to survive. Everyone's strategy ought to be to know thyselves. Then and only then you can employ tactics to achieve that goal. Think that's what Jeff meant when he says "inner dynamics trumps mechanics.' All your positive attitude and prep-work for that elusive interview is a cover on the book. At least have a well-thought out and enticing table of contents to sell the book. V:-)

  37. Wind Talker says:

    Now we know what the mindset of a job seeker should be.
    What about corporations with links to government, and their integrity?

    The financial crisis has unveiled a new set of public villains—corrupt corporate capitalists who leveraged their connections in government for their own personal profit. During the Clinton and Bush administrations, many of these schemers were worshiped as geniuses, heroes or icons of American progress. But today we know these opportunists for what they are: Deregulatory hacks hellbent on making a profit at any cost. Without further ado, here is an example:

    Alan Greenspan
    The officially apolitical, independent Federal Reserve chairman backed all of Rubin’s favorite deregulatory plans, and helped crush an effort by Brooksley Born to regulate derivatives in 1998, after the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management went bust. By the time Greenspan left office in 2006, the derivatives market had ballooned into a multi-trillion dollar casino, and Greenspan wanted his cut. He took a job with bond kings PIMCO and then with the hedge fund Paulson & Co.—yeah, that Paulson and Co., the one that colluded with Goldman Sachs to sabotage the company’s own clients with unregulated derivatives.

    Incidentally, this isn’t the first time Greenspan has been a close associate of alleged fraudsters. Back in the 1980s, Greenspan went to bat for politically connected Savings & Loan titan Charles Keating, urging regulators to exempt his bank from a key rule. Keating later went to jail for fraud, after, among other things, putting out a hit on regulator William Black. (“Get Black – kill him dead.”) Nice friends you’ve got, Alan.

  38. James says:

    JP Morgan has a Job offer: Senior Compliance Officer

    Job Description
    This position is part of the firms AML Investigation Unit which is responsible for money laundering and terrorist financing cases and projects. The successful candidate needs to have strong investigative skills; the ability to work independently, the willingness to work cases across the various lines of business and is adaptable to change. This position requires strong leadership, prioritization and analytic skills, a willingness to tackle new and difficult challenges, and takes ownership of the learning process. In addition the candidate needs to demonstrate extensive banking and compliance knowledge in working AML/KYC related issues, the ability to exercise sound judgment and to observe the highest degree of confidentiality in the handling of information received in the course of their responsibilities.

    JP Morgan Company Profile “Leadership & Mindset”

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)’s decision to let Chief Investment Officer Ina Drew retire four days after the bank disclosed a $2 billion loss in her division allowed her to walk away with about $21.5 million in stock and options. Drew, who resigned May 14, can keep $17.1 million in unvested restricted shares and about $4.4 million in options that she otherwise would have been required to forfeit if the New York-based bank had terminated her employment “with cause,” according to regulatory filings and estimates.

    J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has done a lot of scummy things as head of one of the world’s most powerful banks, but his most grotesque act of corruption actually took place at the Federal Reserve. At each of the Fed’s 12 regional offices, the board of directors is staffed by officials from the region’s top banks. So while it’s certainly galling that the CEO of J.P. Morgan would be on the board of the New York Fed, one of J.P. Morgan’s regulators, it’s not all that uncommon.

    But it is quite uncommon for a banker to be negotiating a bailout package for his bank with the New York Fed, while simultaneously serving on the New York Fed board. That’s what happened in March 2008, when J.P. Morgan agreed to buy up Bear Stearns, on the condition that the Fed kick in $29 billion to cushion the company from any losses. Dimon– CEO of J.P. Morgan and board member of the New York Fed– was negotiating with Timothy Geithner, who was president of the New York Fed– about how much money the New York Fed was going to give J.P. Morgan. On Wall Street, that’s called being a savvy businessman. Everywhere else, it’s called a conflict of interest.

  39. JohnnyOnTheSpot says:

    Except for the new iPhone. That's not free.