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    When you’re in the energizing vortex with a potential employer, it’s easy to miss red flags. If you’re interviewing for a job that wouldn’t please you, or one with an employer who won’t appreciate you, you’d be smart to bail. Once in the vortex, though, it’s easy to get pulled right through.

    The Thrill of the Job Quest

    Job-seekers run into this phenomenon when they’re flying through the selection pipeline with a prospective employer. Once you’re in that vortex, it can be hard to keep your mind clear enough to continue asking, “is this the right job for me?” It’s fun and affirming to hear voice-mail messages that say: “We’d love to have you come back and meet a few more of our managers.” If you’re working already, you feel like a double agent—you have another life your boss and co-workers don’t know about. There’s a level of drama involved. People like you and want to talk to you.

    Your brain is engaged in someone else’s business problems while you’re interviewing with a new employer. That’s intellectually rewarding, plus a nice boost for your business mojo. Often, when friends and clients accept new positions while working elsewhere, they’ll give notice and their manager will say, “I sort of knew something was up.” The job search shifted the employee’s mojo to a higher level.

    When you’re deep in the energizing vortex with a given potential employer, it’s easy to miss red flags. You’re caught up in the river’s current. When people are taking you out to dinner and calling you for advice and shoving job offers in your face, there’s plenty of incentives to sign on the dotted line. That might prove a great thing for your résumé and your well-being, or it might be a disaster. If you’re interviewing for a job that wouldn’t please you, or one with an employer who won’t appreciate what you bring, you’d be smart to bail on the process. Once in the vortex, though, it’s easy to get pulled right through.

    Read Full Article in Bloomberg/BusinessWeek.com

    Good luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    calvin.wilson1@verizon.net
    http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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