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.
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