Posted by Brian McCullough
- The first employer you try probably won’t work out.
This is a hard one for most people to swallow. But chances are, your job search won’t be simple and fast. You’re most likely going to have to try again and again. You might have to endure several interviews. You’ll definitely have to send in multiple applications. Coming to peace with the process can make it less stressful. Think of it like buying a house. The first couple of places you investigate might not be what you need. But there are plenty of options out there. The job market is just that… a market. You have your choices. Relax and wait for the right opportunity to present itself.
- You probably won’t find your job online.
I’ve spoken again and again about the fact that most jobs are filled by networking. NETWORKING, NETWORKING, NETWORKING. I’m willing to bet that if you examine your life, or the life of your friends, almost everyone has found their jobs through word of mouth… through friends of friends… from a recommendation from someone’s roommate’s cousin. The online job boards make you think you’ve accomplished a lot. After all, with the click of a mouse, you’ve sent your resume out 200 times. Surely, the law of averages means one of those applications will pan out. Right? No. That’s the reality. The easier it is to apply, the harder it is to stand out. If you sent your resume out 200 times online, then that only means you’re competing with 2,000 other people who have done the same thing.
- The employer needs you just as much (maybe more) as you need him.
A lot of people go into a job search with the attitude: “Oh please, kind sir! Could you please find it in your heart to give me some charity? I need a job!” But you should never lose sight of the fact that you are not the only one in need. A job negotiation is a balanced, two-way street. They employer has a need to fill. They have a job that needs to be done. Don’t just hope he takes mercy on you and gives you the job! Your mission is to convince him that you are the best person that can solve his problem and fill his needs. You need to convince him that hiring you will solve his problem AND give him unexpected dividends.
- There is no one RIGHT THING TO DO that will guarantee success.
Just like there’s no one right thing to do to attract someone of the opposite sex. A successful job search is a mixture of factors and luck can be the biggest factor of all. A perfect resume doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the job. A flawless interview is no guarantee either. And one of the biggest truths of all is the following:
- The most qualified person does not always get the job.
I’ve spoken before about an employer’s motivations for making a hire. Sometimes the decision is based on what sort of a hire will reflect best on the hiring manager. Sometimes the decision is based on balancing an existing team. And more often than not, the employer might hire you for no other reason than they think you’ll be fun to work with. Being likable might be the most important factor in winning a job.