So I wanted to share with you some quick thoughts I had today after talking to some of my friends about their job searches:
While you want to find a job as quickly as possible, make sure that you are targeting your job search. Don’t just apply for positions for the sake of applying. Make sure that you are reading through the qualifications to see if you are a good fit, and if the role is something you are truly interested in. If you are just casting your net so wide that you’re applying for everything from janitorial to senior marketing manager positions, your search loses purpose and focus and is less likely to bear the fruit you want. You also end up wasting your own time, and that of the recruiters and managers at the firms. That can come back to bite you as well if you play the numbers game at one company because if you apply for multiple roles at the same time, and the qualifications and responsibilities differ starkly from one another, when your resume gets to the desk of the recruiter, he/she will wonder if you truly know what you want to do, if you have a true sense of what your skills are, and what your career goals are. You may come across as desperate and indecisive, neither of which are qualities that will help your resume/application to stand out in a positive way from those of other candidates.
Also, when you target your search, you leave less room for frustration and for becoming overwhelmed. You can craft one set of targeted marketing documents (resume, cover letter, etc), and use that for your applications. However, if you have to keep modifying all of your files to fit positions that don’t share similar skill sets, qualifications, or responsibilities, that becomes far less efficient and you’ll lose valuable time for actually applying for positions. You will find yourself frustrated if you get rejection letters/emails as you will feel defeated after all the energy and effort you’ve put into creating and recreating your documents and getting turned down from all sides.
Finally, with an unfocused search, you can set yourself up to get a job, not a career. You may find yourself in an opportunity that doesn’t REALLY interest you, and may not put you on the path towards your ultimate career goals. You think it’s a good idea because it may be a role that helps you to get you out of unemployment or out of a company that you just weren’t happy with previously, but remember, short-term decisions can have long-term impacts on your career trajectory.
We will have more discussions on the blog about job searches, and how to get the most out of your search (especially online), so subscribe and stay tuned! Have a great start to your work week!