Individuals at all times discuss not judging a guide by its cowl, however I believe the identical precept applies to job looking out. Too typically, job seekers are fast to make snap choices based mostly on minimal info. And by doing that, they’re lacking out on superior alternatives.
Might this be you? In case you’re a extremely certified one that’s additionally within the “no luck” boat—perhaps! Fortunately, fixing these errors solely requires small modifications in mindset.
1. You’re Networking With Individuals Simply Due to Their Job Titles
What’s flawed with networking with individuals solely for his or her job titles? Initially, titles change on a regular basis, however personalities don’t. So whilst you might be able to cope with an unsavory particular person as a result of he’s the lead designer at Google, you might not be so keen when he quits that job to assist with a bum startup that’s not going wherever.
Second, it’s a reasonably clear transfer, and folks can at all times inform if you’re reaching out for that cause. So, not solely will you stroll away with out a useful, long-term contact, however you’ll additionally run the danger of damaging your personal fame. And most significantly, titles don’t imply a lot. Clearly, there’s a distinct between an assistant and a VP, however what two advertising and marketing managers do can range vastly from firm to firm. So, by ruling individuals out based mostly on their title, you’re dismissing them based mostly on little or no.
To not point out, an editorial assistant may not have a powerful resume (but), however she may have a lot stronger connections (and extra related connections for you) than an editor-in-chief on the similar publication.
2. You Solely Apply to Jobs at Title Model Corporations
Sure, Google, Fb, and Apple might need shiny names which you could brag about to your outdated highschool buddies by way of social media, however that doesn’t essentially imply that they’re the very best match for you.
By limiting your self to solely making use of for jobs at firms with a giant marquee, you’re successfully shutting out 99% of firms on the market, a lot of which can in all probability be precisely (and doubtlessly much more) what you’re searching for. While you’re these locations, it is best to at all times ask your self: Would you actually wish to work for this group if its identify modified tomorrow and no one knew what it was?
Belief me: With the ability to genuinely say that you just love your job if you head to the workplace every morning feels an entire lot higher than feeling cool for a couple of minutes if you stumble upon an acquaintance who tells you that your organization is “soooo nice.”
3. You Gained’t Think about Corporations With out Perks
Truth: Nearly all of firms you encounter gained’t have a bounce home of their headquarters, private Starbucks baristas, wall-to-wall fusball tables, or any variety of larger-than-life perks that some greater firms and “cool” startups provide. That’s simply life.
And fact be informed, just like the sooner level about not making use of solely to firms with huge names, simply because an organization has out-of-this-world perks doesn’t imply you’ll truly like working there (and even use these advantages!).
For instance, my good friend landed a job as a advertising and marketing supervisor at one among these locations and couldn’t cease speaking about how the corporate provided free gymnasium memberships to each worker. “However you haven’t completed any form of bodily exertion since earlier than Obama took workplace,” I reminded her. However she swore this was a severe turning level. Unsurprisingly, after a brief three-day stint of attempting out the native gymnasium, her membership went unused for the remainder of her three-year tenure on the firm.
Sure, perks are superior. However they’re solely the icing on the cake. And if the precise cake’s stale, dry, and a taste you hate, that icing gained’t actually make an excessive amount of of a distinction.
4. You Don’t Ship Thank You Notes After Unhealthy Interviews
This would possibly appear to be a no brainer, however I’m constantly stunned at how many individuals take a “Why hassle?” strategy after popping out of a nasty interview—or perhaps a less-than-great networking assembly.
Whatever the state of affairs, sending customized, significant thanks notes and follow-up emails is essential. Simply since you and your interviewer don’t mesh properly doesn’t imply that individual noticed it the identical means—or that he can’t enable you to out in one other means. (Or, which you could’t use it to make up for missteps.)
Throughout an interview for a contract writing place, it shortly grew to become apparent to me that the hiring supervisor was searching for one thing totally totally different. I nonetheless despatched a thanks observe and adopted up as I usually would. That hiring supervisor ended up recommending me to her colleague who was searching for a contract social media coordinator. Growth, I ended up with a job in any case.
5. You Gained’t Take a look at Job Listings That Don’t Examine Off 100% of Your Standards
OK, sure, in a great world, you’d be capable of do what you’re keen on each single day. And whilst you shouldn’t go in the wrong way and apply to gigs you’ll hate, it’s vital to do not forget that most positions are a contented medium. You’ll do some work you’re keen on, some work you’re not an enormous fan of, and a few work in between.
As a substitute of choosing via job boards looking for the “excellent itemizing” (Newsflash: It doesn’t exist), do your analysis and see the professionals and cons of working in your area. Which tasks are non-negotiable—in that you just completely have to do them or completely gained’t do them—and which of them are you not as thrilled about however can handle?
For instance, a giant a part of working in digital editorial now could be understanding how social media works. That’s only a truth. So if that’s a deal breaker for you, then so is the profession. Or, on the subject of social media, in case you’re managing accounts, you’re in all probability going to need to work weekends sometimes; that’s simply the character of that sort of place.