Getting a job can be tough. There are a lot of moving pieces at play when you apply for a job: your cover letter, relationship with the company, your interview, your resume, and more. For the average person, all this can be overwhelming to manage. In fact, the being in limbo about your work situation has been identified as one of the top 10 most stressful life events.
Given all these variables involved in getting a job, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why you might be striking out. And after so many rejections, you might be starting to lose hope. But you shouldn't! The biggest secret to success here is to not give up. Take a look at the following tips to revamp your job search.
1. Reflect on your interview--and brush up on your skills.
While your interview is only one aspect of the job-finding process, it is a big one. This is the time when prospective employers can see you face to face, and really get a sense of your skills, expertise, and how you might fit into their work culture.
Take some time to reflect on how your interview went: what you said, what you wore, how you presented yourself, and how you followed up after the interview. Try to take a step back and be objective here. Acknowledge what you did well, but do push to find some things that you can improve upon. Did you end up saying the one thing you should never say in an interview? Did you focus on what the company is looking for and not just what you're looking for? Brush up on your interview skills, and try conducting a couple practice interviews before your next meeting.
2. Ask for feedback on why you didn't make the cut.
More often than not, the company will be happy to offer some feedback or closure around why you were not offered the job. Just remember to approach them with a positive spirit and genuine interest to improve yourself. This is not a time to burn bridges, but to explore ways to foster relationships, professionalism, and a newfound drive to succeed.
Some questions to ask can be: How did you perceive my strengths? At what point in the process did you realize I was not the right fit for the job? Would you see me better suited for a different department? You may learn that you are leaving a different impression on people than you intend. Or that you were missing something that was required for this particular role. Don't take the feedback personally, more often than not, a no is a great indication that it wasn't the
3. Focus on the right fit.
At the end of the day, your success in landing a job is dependent on your ability to get up, regroup, and try again. Waiting for the right fit is absolutely worth it, as it will decrease your job turnover and keep you happy and engaged.
When you're considering whether to apply to a job or accept an offer, think about whether the role is in line with your interests and what internally motivates you. Think about the cultural fit you would thrive in. Is the company's mission in line with your own personal mission? Don't discount the importance of having an impact that is personally meaningful to you