As you embark on any job search, it’s important to have a strategy in mind so you know how to best utilize your time and energy throughout the process. The reality is that there are many things you can and cannot control during the job search. Understanding what’s controllable and what isn’t will help you focus your attention in the right areas and allow you not to take rejection personally. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
You’re in charge of your own actions.
When you apply for any job, chances are you’ll always be up against some level of competition. In many instances, the competition may be more qualified than you. What you need to remember is that you are always in control of your own actions and behaviors. This means you have control over how you prepare for an interview, how you showcase your expertise, and the impression you make on an employer. Additionally, you have the power to follow up, send a thank you note, and make meaningful connections. Rather than pay attention to the competition, keep focusing on what you can do to stand out from the crowd.
You have the ability to network.
While the job market is out of your control, you can control who you reach out to on a daily basis. Even if you’re not finding job openings in your industry, there’s nothing stopping you from networking with professionals in your field and kindly requesting informational interviews. This type of outreach will put you on the radar of potential employers who will likely remember you for future job opportunities. Additionally, these contacts can be great resources for valuable job search advice and may potentially refer you to other employers in their networks.
You control your own efforts.
Many facets of a successful job search revolve around timing and employer preferences. Even though you can’t control the job market or what exactly an employer is looking for, you can control your own efforts. Are you looking in the right places for jobs? Are you tailoring your resume for each position? Are you maintaining a professional online presence and presenting a positive personal brand? If you can’t answer these questions with a definitive “yes,” than it’s time to re-evaluate your own role in the job search process.
Despite the challenges you may face, it’s important never to let things that are out of your control derail your progress. The steps you take now throughout the job search process will ultimately determine your future employment.
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