by sysop in Acing the Interview, Applying for a Job
by Liz Hine
The job search process can be exhausting. You spend your time searching for roles that might fit, talking to people you think might be good resources for you, and hoping for an interview. When you do finally get to interview with an organization, sometimes the wait for a response can seem like forever. We’ve discussed some of the reasons why this wait time happens in a previous post; however, today I just wanted to take a moment to share some encouragement.
- A no is usually quicker than a yes. In a lot of ways, slow news is usually good news. The company may find your materials interesting, but they aren’t quite sure what to do with you. If you wait for the right timing, you may find opportunities that you didn’t know were possible.
- Waiting time can be self–reflection time. Take advantage of the slower pace of the search by reflecting on what you are truly looking for. Identify what worked in your last job and what didn’t. Try to pinpoint what would make a role really work for you.
- Keep smiling. You have an opportunity to choose to be joyful even during a frustrating and exhausting time. Perseverance builds character. Is the character that you demonstrate something that people want to be around more or less?
- Keep doing what you’re doing 100%. If you’re still working throughout your search, continue to give it your all. If you’re full-time on the job market, treat it as a job. Get organized and focus your efforts on finding your next opportunity.
- Don’t give up. Even if it seems like you get more rejections than invitations to interview, don’t give up. Take the time to evaluate why those roles may not have been the best fit, and move forward. Try to be more strategic in your search for the next opportunity. Think about ways you can communicate your fit for a role more clearly.
For most people, the process of looking for a new job is daunting. Take a deep breath and keep this moment of your life in perspective. The next chapter is waiting in the wings to begin.