What to remember during job searches
We all want a change. And in the professional space, looking for better opportunities is a great change. So when we do get to a point where we decide we need this change and start looking for jobs, we go through the same bunch of things from where we started.
We all redo our resumes and LinkedIn profiles, we write cover letters and more cover letters, we update our potential skills and review the descriptions of jobs we may be interested in.
However, we always want that perfect job. The credentials fit, the designation is right, and this is the job we want. And the sad truth is escalated when we take an incredibly long time doing the actual job search as well. We go over our details a thousand times, we want to be the ‘perfect candidate’. What we need to think of here is this one fact: Not every job we apply to is a job we get.
We all need to accept this fact at one point and put together whatever we can and believe it is good enough. If we don’t start making the effort with a lot of jobs and not just the one ideal job, it gets harder and harder as time passes without us applying. Change comes with effort. The longer we wait in applying, the more chances for that job to leave the market.
So what we’re saying here is this. If we spend a great amount of time trying to ‘perfect’ ourselves and to try and find the ‘perfect’ job, we are forgetting the crucial essence of applying for jobs in the first place. What you can be doing at this time, instead of fretting over details is reaching out to more contacts. Fretting over these things is much better than redoing your entire LinkedIn profile again.
What matters is the now. So let’s take a look at a few steps that can help us during job searches.
Select the ones that are good for you
The thing about job descriptions is they’re not always talking about everything listed there is mandatory. The kind of person that JDs usually describe is hard to find, and even employers know this. It’s beneficial for employers to jot down everything that a prospective candidate should have, and see if anyone matches to some of those listed points. It’s like aiming for the moon and reaching the stars.
However, this doesn’t mean you should apply for everything that you see. You can’t apply for jobs that you are not qualified for at all, so this should be out of the question. However, keep in mind that if you suit at least more than half of what is mentioned as requirements, then you mostly can apply for it as well.
There are some skills known as transferable skills that you can learn on the job. And even if you don’t have these skills at the time of the interview, saying things such as you being a quick learner will give the interviewer a nudge to select you as well. Employers value passion more than the skillset, this is a given fact.
Don’t worry about the nitty-gritty details
When you’re applying for a job, you always update your resume and LinkedIn profiles. You take time and create appropriate cover letters that you can use as well. We find a lot of advice on the internet on how to make the perfect cover letter, and how to update your LinkedIn profile perfectly and more on the same. However, being this detail-oriented isn’t always a good thing.
When you’re being a perfectionist about your own application, you’re addressing things that are too small and not too important in the wake of the bigger deal—actual applying. Whether it’s writing a cover letter or filling out your resume for added skills, your focus should ultimately be in sharpening what skills you need, and what kind of job change you want.
For example, in your application or cover letter for that matter, always ensure that you focus on the body and not what title you use to address the person you’re writing to. While it can be important, what’s absolutely essential is how to describe your professional details and accomplishments. Because this is what they’re going to see.
Typos are not the enemy
Your resume is a window to your professional introduction. And of course, spellings on your resume need to be checked. Whether your name is right, your experience, the names of the companies, and everything.
However, when you’re a perfectionist, you need to understand that spending too much time on your resume is actually a waste of time. Recruiters take less than 10 seconds looking at your resume, not even close to a minute. So, the chances of them catching a typo and calling you out on it are really low. And even if they do, the resume is really just carrying out its purpose. Most people understand that mistakes happen, and typos are often overlooked.
So don’t let the fear of typos have you spend ages and ages on something that should normally not take too long. You have bigger things to be focusing on.
No matter how much you modify your credentials and your resume, your candidacy totally depends on how you perform and whether or not you apply. You need to believe you’re good enough first before going ahead, and only with this thought can you actually move forward in this hunt.
Do not second guess yourself, because that’s more damaging than you realize. Looking for jobs is certainly a tiring task, but that doesn’t mean you need to make it more tiring than it already is.
So apply to that job, and see where it goes from there. Because, of course, you’ll never know unless you do.