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Reasons for Applying for A Job

Do you always think about your reasons for applying for a job? In a recession it can be very tempting to apply for any job that’s going. We’ve all heard stories of people who have applied for more than 100 jobs without being successful. This is obviously very depressing. For a few, that depression has ended tragically with them taking their lives. The fact is, applying for jobs week after week is absolutely soul destroying, particularly as companies no longer inform you that you haven’t been shortlisted.

It can be easy to think “I need a job, I need a job now”, and of course for many people that’s true. However, even if you’re family and financial circumstances, mean that it is imperative that you get a job as soon as possible, you still need to look at different reasons for applying for a job. A scatter gun approach to job hunting and applying job, is generally not a successful strategy to use. It’s far better to focus your attention on a few jobs and do that very thoroughly.

I’m not suggesting for a moment that you limit yourself to jobs in a niche area and never consider applying for something outside your immediate field. That would be unrealistic. What I am saying is that you need to be really clear about your reasons for applying for a job and how well your qualifications, skills, personal attributes and experience fit the job criteria. If you don’t think this through, you will find yourself applying for jobs half-heartedly or applying for ones that if you thought about it, you are unlikely to even be invited to interview.

You need to ask and answer some questions for yourself:

  • What job is suitable for me?
  • What are my reasons for applying for a job?
  • How well do my skills match?
  • What could I bring to the job?
  • What benefits would I gain from the job?
  • Are there any sacrifices I need to make to get the job?

Answering these questions are just the first stage. There are a lot of different elements that go into applying for a job and becoming the successful candidate, and they can’t all be dealt with here. My message here is try to resist the urge of thinking “ I need a job, I need a job now” and carefully think through your reasons for applying for a job. It’s a strategy that could save you time and a lot of heartache.


Street Talk

Too true! Most businesses get so very many applicants that computers scan and score. If you don't have the right keywords? Then your application doesn't have a chance to get seen by a real live human being. That means, much like using Internet marketing, you need to study your topic and write for both the computer and the human. It's a bit of a research project. One where 99.9% keyword match may be required to "Score!" the human touch. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 2 years ago
  

Thanks Cynthia. You're right for some companies - computer are playing a larger part in the initial screening process. I don't think many people think about using specific keywords. I think you have just spaked an idea for another article. Thanks!

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  about 2 years ago

Great! Yes, I'm familiar with that because I found out from friends on the "Inside" of some of the companies that get THOUSANDS of applicants. It is understandable. I mean, just like search engines dish up page after page and you can't see them all as a researcher. blessings, Cynthia

  
  about 2 years ago

All good points Biz.

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  about 2 years ago
  

Thanks Shawn

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  about 2 years ago
C4rmen  

Good advice, its easy to get panicky in circumstances like these. But it is always more beneficial to think it through before acting hasty applying for any job.

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  about 2 years ago
  

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I've tried the scatter gun aproach and it's definitely not the best way to aply for jobs

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  about 2 years ago

Nice article and you provide valuable information.

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  about 3 years ago
  

Hi William. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It's much appreciated.

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  about 3 years ago
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