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Cutting the technology cord could hurt your job search

Posted June 4th, 2019 | Author: John G. Self

The decision to cut the cables — eliminate your landline and cable modem — can have adverse consequences for your job search, especially if you live in a rural area with inconsistent cell service.

Surprisingly, many executive candidates fail to make a connection between the importance of having reliable cell and internet connectivity and their job search.  As one recruiter recently told me, “Three dropped calls in a 30 to 40-minute screening interview is not a good sign for advancing in the search.”

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If you are currently in the job market, or believe you might be in the near future, my advice is to hang on to that landline connection, especially for your telephone if you live in an area with sketchy cell service.  I have heard recruiters complain that candidates with poor cell phone coverage are shooting themselves in the foot in the screening process, especially when it comes to that all-important telephone interview.  Apparently, when the applicant pool is deep, first impressions do make a lasting impression.  Moreover, a cell signal that fades in and out, can result is some embarrassing misunderstandings when a word or whole sentence is misunderstand.

As SKYPE, FaceTime, Zoom or Webex video interviews become more commonly used tools, having the lowest speed and least expensive internet connection may prove to be a penny-wise, pound foolish decision.   

  In industries where competition for the available management/leadership positions is very intense, the initial screening process, where technology is an important tool, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage if you do not have a 4-plus bars of cell connectivity or a clean, high-speed internet connection

If you face connectivity challenges here is what I suggest:

  • Reconnect your land line providing it is not going to cost the earth. I will be the first to agree that looking for a job and having the necessary tools to do so, should not lead to personal bankruptcy. However, finding a new, better job does require an investment of time, effort and technology that helps, not hurts you
  • Increase your internet speed if that option is available.  Keep in mind download speeds will be significantly faster than the upload.   Do your homework before you spend the money.  Do not rely on the assurances of your cell or internet provider.  Your needs and their interests do not always align
  • If you have a choice between DSL or a cable connection, go with a cable modem. Most providers allow you to cancel a contract if you are relocating from their service area but read the fine print of any agreement you sign. 

© 2019 John Gregory Self

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