10 Tips for Your Job Search


Consider Rejection an Ally

This is probably the hardest of all the job search tips because it doesn't detail anything you can actively do to get a job. In fact, it's what you do after you've done everything else you can. It often requires painful character growth and the development of such difficult qualities as patience and persistence. Coping with job rejection is not fun, but it's incredibly useful. How so? Primarily, it steels you so that you can continue your search. If you allow yourself to give up or become discouraged, you won't put the work into your job search that you need to land a job.

Secondly, rejection gives you a chance to reevaluate your job search. If what you're doing isn't effective, perhaps you need to make some changes in your approach. Rejection may be a clue that you need to revamp your résumé or look for jobs in new places.

And consider this: The more job rejections you get, the more likely it is that the job you do find is a good fit. Not every employer is looking for the same thing. You may have skills that are unimportant to the majority of companies you contact, but that jump off the page when they cross the right desk at another company. Past rejections may be necessary for you to get to the job you want.

If you're interested in learning more about improving your job search, keep reading for lots more information.

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