The Top 2 Things Not To Do When Job Searching
As the month of April comes to a close I reflect back on the time I have spent preparing for and immersing myself in the job search. I spent much of this time talking to professional connections of family friends to seek advice and possible other connections to expand my network. However, some of the most valuable advice I received came from a friend of mine who entered the job market only two years ago. There are two recommendations she gave me that have stuck with me during the job search process:
- Do not use cover letter templates. Example cover letters and templates can be helpful when you are first starting to write cover letters, but copying the exact format and layout can hurt your chances of landing the job. It is likely that the majority of the other applicants to a position are using that format and layout which decreases your ability to stand out in the application process if you do the same. The trick here is to create a unique cover letter while still clearly and concisely conveying your qualifications for the job.
- Do not always accept the first offer that comes your way. Getting a job offer is one of the most exciting feelings for so many reasons. You can finally support yourself with a steady income, you’ll be starting a new career and meeting new people, and of course, getting the offer is proof that someone actually believes in you! But accepting a job just for the sake of having a job, instead of accepting it because you are passionate and excited about the position, can be detrimental to your early career. Starting work at a new job only to realize six months to a year later that you do not like the company, co-workers, atmosphere, or general career path you’re on, can be a difficult situation to transition out of. It is better to remain unemployed for six months and find the job of your dreams than to accept the first, less-than-thrilling offer that comes your way.
Making yourself stand out to the hiring managers and allowing yourself to be somewhat selective in the job search process will instill feelings of confidence that can only help you land the job of your dreams.