The Job Search Instinct That Could Be Killing Your Chances at Employment
My father’s mantra to me when it comes to my career is always the same: “Remember, every job is a roller coaster.” You might be down now, but you can always go up. And you might feel up today, but don’t take for granted that you could be down tomorrow. I’ve taken this advice with me every day in my career, and even more so when I’ve been in transition. Because yes, a job can definitely be a roller coaster. But there is no greater roller coaster than the job search!
This brings me to one of the single greatest pieces of advice I could ever give regarding job searching. Are you ready? Listen up:
Don’t stop applying for jobs just because you got an interview!
It sounds simple, right? You’re probably thinking, “Marcy, what are you talking about? Of course I’ll keep applying. It’s all about getting your name out there.” But the truth is, most people don’t follow this piece of advice. Instead of being steady and ongoing in our job search, we allow ourselves to get caught up by the roller coaster. You get into the job search, and perhaps you apply to 10, 15, even 20 positions. Then, if you’re lucky, you get plucked into an interview process for 1-2 of those positions. And instinctively, because you’re so excited about the fact that someone might want to hire you, you lose sight of the application process and you go straight into “interview mode.
But what happens if you don’t get the job from that interview process? Then, you might be weeks, even months behind when you could have continued to apply for jobs throughout that time.
So trust me, it’s one of the most important things you can do in a job search. Don’t stop applying! Until your name is signed on the dotted line of an offer letter, you do not have a job and you need to keep searching actively!