The job market can be a scary place. You never know if you’re going to get what you want or just simply what you need, space is limited and more often than not you’re going to be left waiting for a reply for what seems like forever.
Whether you’re just entering the job market or you’re trying to move up in the world this small list of things to consider should help you immensely on your search.
- Be prepared for rejection
While this seems like a very simply and sensible concept its difficult to wrap your head around it. Obviously you’re not going to get immediately hired for any job you apply to but most likely you’re not going to even receive a notification that you have been rejected for the position. Sometimes companies like to keep your resume on file so if they don’t hire you now they might consider it in the near future.
Its a sensible practice, in its own way. Its essentially an open ended “Maybe you’ll get hired” without the rejection. However this is still a rejection. While its not impossible for you to be called up at a later date for an interview, most likely you’re looking for a job right now. Not the potential for the chance at an interview in the near future. The process of reviewing your resume could take around a week to over a month. So… what do you do in the meantime?
- Build skills, seek other opportunities
You haven’t received a call for that job. Are you going to just sit around and wait? Of course not. There are plenty of reasons as to why you haven’t been called back. Use this time to reflect on what happened. How does your resume look? Did you send a cover letter? Did you meet all of the qualifications?
Sometimes you made a minor error here or there during the process. It happens. Regardless you can’t just stay where you are. Apply to other positions, try to beef up your resume a bit. However I will caution you to not pick up unusual skills. If you’re trying to become a banker it would unusual if you put plumbing skills on your resume. An architect should have a background in geometry, science and math and not in embroidery. These are small little anecdotes you could bring up during the interview but are by no means a plus when it comes to the current job you wish to get.
- Research, research, research
Something that could help out is researching the company’s history itself to better familiarize yourself. If you get into an interview it can be a very good talking point to bring up to let the interviewer know you’re serious about the position. What this person is looking for is less an employee but a team player. Someone who is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your working relationship is going to be smooth and pleasant.
This also has a secondary benefit for you. In the age of internet, information is readily available to almost anyone provided they have the right device to search it. While your salary may be much higher in comparison to other jobs from different companies the company itself could be a toxic work environment. Job sites will sometimes have ratings for a company as well as small comments. Reading these could give you a better idea if you want to even consider being hired by this company.
- Apply to multiple companies
I don’t think I have to tell you that there is a significant power imbalance during this situation. You are requesting for the chance at being considered to potentially get an interview, which in itself is just the possibility to get hired. In short, you’re coming to them and not the other way around. However you shouldn’t feel alarmed by this. While you’re definitely not holding all of the cards what you can do is take every small victory you come across. You submitted your resume? Pat yourself on the back. You got an email from the company? Looks like they’re taking notice of you. Request to schedule an interview? You’ve just passed a hurdle few have.
Its difficult to get into this mindset but a good way to help yourself is to apply to many places. If you’ve sent it out enough you’ll sometimes end up with more than one request for an interview. At this point you’ve essentially got a bit of leverage. One company may be offering you something decent but another could be offering you something better. While its absolutely not a good idea to bring this up in an interview to leverage a higher salary its something to keep in the back of your mind. If this goes badly? No problem. You’ve got another prospect waiting for you. This could give you a bit of confidence and make you seem like you’re a much better candidate for hiring. If they like you enough they might even offer you a slightly better deal than initial offering.
Applying for jobs can be frustrating and actually pretty hectic and demoralizing, but don’t fret. You have plenty of options and many avenues to not only succeed but also excel. While these were only a few tips, they should help you in your search. I wish you luck in all your future job hunting prospects!