This piece was originally featured on the Get Your First Job website.
In 2020, the world changed and so did our outlook of the job search process. Every day we see headlines focused on unemployment, job loss, unfilled positions, and shifts in the power of the job market. The effort may seem overwhelming at times, so take a step away from the trending news stories and validate your career journey.
Here are a few things to consider:
• How many jobs are you applying to?
• Will this role help you meet your short- or long-term goals?
• How are you differentiating yourself?
Quantity vs. Quality
When applying for a position, first make sure that the opportunity makes sense for you. You should not apply to every job out there, hoping to get a bite.
1. Take the time to figure out what you are looking for in a position.
2. Target your search with the top criteria from your list.
3. Evaluate how you are limiting your options to be sure you are not excluding too many opportunities.
Avoid getting hung up on the need to apply to a certain number of positions daily, weekly, or monthly. The right opportunity may pop up when you least expect it; you do not want to miss out because you are trying to meet an unattainable quota.
Adrift in the Search
It is easy to become adrift in the vast sea of jobs. Be sure to maintain your focus by setting goals. If you establish your objectives in advance, it will be easier to determine if an opportunity is right for you.
Map out where you want to be in 1-5 years. The key is to have something documented that you can go back to and track your progress.
Time to Shine
Find a unique way to stand out from the other candidates. Consider creating a project for your job application. Some examples include redesigning your work history document to match the colors of the company’s logo or branding, adding their tagline somewhere within your headline, or creating a video or presentation that includes a representation of your work.
This time as a job seeker can be intense, overpowering, and extraordinary all at the same time. Don’t forget to take some time to reevaluate your process. It is not about comparing yourself to your friends and colleagues; let’s turn this around and find the steps that work for you.