I’m talking about that feeling you get when you finally find the job you’ve always wanted. When you finally discover what in the world can make you happy. When you know exactly where to go to get that job. When you spend hours of days to prepare a perfect application. When you write that email and right before you want to press send, you stop and check the application one more time. When you eventually press the send button, simple, and …. wait.
You wait for a few minutes refreshing your inbox before you decide to go take some water. Then you refresh again. Very soon it’s almost a full day after you sent the application and you haven’t received any response yet.
Let’s fast forward a few days. You have almost given up on receiving a response to your application, when you check your email just like you do every day and BAM! It’s there. Someone has finally responded. You get that giggly feeling in your heart as you open the email and as much as you’re afraid to read it, your excited too. So you start reading:
We have received your application to the ABC position at our XYZ department. We would like to inform you that you have been one of the strongest applicants to the position. However, we have unfortunately decided to proceed with other candidates.
Thank you for your interest in our company and good luck in your future job search.”
Yes, that is the feeling I am talking about. When you suddenly see all your hope and effort go to waste. When those words pour on you like a cold shower. What do you do when that happens? Do you give up? Do you reply to the email? Do you sigh and say “oh well!” and just move on? More importantly, what do you do next time you find the job you really want?
What I have seen over and over again from the majority of my students, is after that feeling of disappointment passes, they go and repeat this exact same steps over…and over…and over…again.
Do you see what’s going on here?
Well, if you keep doing the same thing, you keep getting the same results.
These sets of steps that many of you keep repeating over and over again, are a set of barriers you create for yourself. It is true that you somehow need to contact the company who is offering the job. But is this really the only way? If there are other ways, what are they? And which one is the best way? How can you make sure that next time, you get an email that starts with “We are pleased to inform you that …”
In the near future, I will post a series of few techniques that can help you find that best way. Until then, share your thoughts in the comments below and subscribe to the mailing list to stay in touch.