DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK IN
THE JOB SEARCH PROCESS
By Fernando Ratkoczy - Executive
Career Management Consultant
Rejection comes in many forms during the
job-search process. You send out a resume and no one responds.
You have an interview and you don't receive a call back. You send a
thank-you note and you don't receive a response. It's only
natural to feel insecure and unwanted.
Letís first visit what a no answer
means. When companies have an open position, they like to have options
in other words, more than one candidate is going to be interviewed for
that specific opportunity. The reason they do this is to pick the best
candidate for ďthemĒ not necessarily the best and most qualified
person. If you feel you are the best qualified you may well be, but a
hiring process is a bit more complex than that. Match in personality,
a good cultural fit is essential. Let face it, we can not be
everything and everybody at the same time. Thatís why being yourself
is the best tool you have.
The company normally will be very
positive after the interview and even give you an implicit hope that
you might be the one. They are telling the truth so far they have not
made a decision and you could be the one. After speaking with the rest
of the potential future employees they may even have a hard time
deciding who is best for them. Once they choose, itís normally over.
Too many times we donít get a phone call to let us know we have not
made it. They just donít like to say ďNoĒ And hope you get the hint.
You may have been so close that they canít find good enough reason to
explain their decision.
Other times an organization in doing you
the biggest favor by not hiring you. We are who we are and fit where
we fit. Itís human and natural that we all want that job as fast as
possible and in consequence turn a blind eye to the red flags we
encounter somewhere in the process. We need to apply some sales rules
and act as we would be prospecting buyers. Why would you want to spend
time trying to sell something, in this case your services, if the
buyer is not interested in buying now or the relationship will not be
a productive one and it will terminate early. Youíll find yourself
doing this again very soon. For most of us is not something we aspire
to do. Since, as I mentioned before, is natural for us to ignore these
signs, we hope the organization wonít. Always look at the positive
side of the event, by them not hiring us, it has given us the
opportunity to find the right and best fitting job.
When you find the right job you will be
enthusiastic and passionate, probably you will excel and perform with
excellence. Always happy to go to work and give results. Your job has
a better chance to be around longer for you since even in hard
economic times the company will think long and hard before they let
you go. These are things we all want. A very successful man once told
me ďYou have to fail before you succeed, every time I fail I know I am
closer to success.Ē
So when things donít go your way
acknowledge it and allow yourself a few minutes to mourn the loss of a
particular opportunity.Then assess the situation logically and
rationally. Find a positive perspective that you can live with. ("The
best job offer is yet to come," "I will use that situation to perfect
my interviewing techniques," etc.) Whenever negative thoughts creep in
-- and they will, refer back to that perspective. Say it
aloud. Repeat as necessary.
Many people equate looking for a job
with rejection and rightfully so. Job seekers often hear dozens of
no's before they land a position. Repeated rejection can erode
anyone's confidence and negatively affect a once-positive
attitude. Unfortunately, a positive attitude and a healthy dose of
confidence are what will sustain a job seeker during a search. They
are also the very qualities that will attract employers.
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