Job Search: Just starting out?
If you are just starting your job search what should you keep in mind?
Be open to possibilities.
Most job seekers look for a new job similar to the one they just left. This makes sense in lots of ways. Among other things, we tend to define ourselves by the work we do, so it is understandable that the kind of work we look for is that with which we have been associated. But this approach can be self-limiting. This might just be the time to consider other possibilities!
The skill set you have developed may meet the requirements of a number of different roles. What about the opportunities for self-employment? Or you may wish to use some of this time to add to your skill set through training, developing a hobby or some kind voluntary work.
Be prepared for a full-time commitment.
Successful job search takes time. Among other things, if you want to win a job today, you need to invest energy into lots and lots of research. For example, you need to do your homework on potential employers; what is happening in their marketplace and who are the key players? Also, if you want to tap into the hidden job market (those vacancies that are never advertised) you need to network, network, and network.
Be prepared to deal with rejection.
Getting the right job these days usually means bouncing back from lots of near misses. The secret is to learn from each one. Occasionally, you will need to accept that decisions are not wholly reasonable or just and it is best to take none of it too personally. Yes, sometimes you don’t get a job because you made a mess of the interview. Accept that and resolve to do better next time. If you were well fitted for a role you didn’t get then see it as their loss, not yours, and move on. There will be other roles and new possibilities to consider.
I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.
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