Searching for a new job doesn’t have to be a tedious and demoralizing experience.
In fact, when you approach the process with a strategic intention and zero expectations, it can actually yield positive benefits. Even if you fail to secure a position.
First of all, every job search is vehicle for you to answer some key questions about yourself. Who are you? What do you want? What environment will your talents most benefit others? Once you find the answers to these questions, it will expedite the journey of getting your professional feet on the ground.
Secondly, any person who submits applications for dozens or possibly even hundreds of jobs, can’t help but uncover patterns. About how organizations work, about how the economy is behaving and about where the current business culture is headed.
Years ago, I applied for a marketing position at a tech startup. Once my application went through, I received the standard autoresponder that thanked me for my submission. But additionally, at the bottom of the email, there was a fine print disclaimer that stated the following:
Do not reply to this email. It was sent by a robot that will not respond to you, no matter how nice you are to it.
Initially, that gave me a good laugh. The message’s combination of honesty, cleverness and surprise created a delightful moment in an otherwise dreary process.
But more importantly, that message gave me a profound insight. Because in any professional interaction, there are only so many factors under your control. There are only so many times you can follow up with a prospect before they call security.
And so, it’s a helpful nudge in the direction of patience, surrender and expectation, a group of muscles that most professionals allow to atrophy.
That’s the mindset you have to maintain. Always in danger of learning something. Never allowing anybody to spin the experience into you losing or failing.
It’s all just an experiment.
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