Stop Applying for Jobs! Wait to Be Invited


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When you’re looking for a job, it seems like it would make sense to keep applying for them, right? After all, as hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, you miss 100% of shots you don’t take. So that must be true for job applications as well, right?

Wrong. In fact, one of the best things you can do when you’re in the process of trying to get hired is to stop filling out and submitting online applications and waiting for the company to HOPEFULLY get back to you.

You’re probably thinking - this contradicts everything anyone has told me about looking for a job.  And you’re right.  But that advice is not serving you well.  There are several reasons you should stop doing this:

1 - It’s demoralizing. Everyone knows that applying for jobs anonymously rarely leads to an offer, but they do it anyway because they don’t know what else to do. If they’re lucky, they get an interview. But most people get zero response. Which is a huge bummer and can make you start to feel like a reject.

2 - Even if you do get called in for an interview, you’re still at a disadvantage compared to people who already have a relationship with the company. It’s human nature; we all would rather go with the familiar than the unknown.

3 - It can give the impression that you’re unfocused. People want to know that you’re interested in their company or position in particular, and not just because it offers a paycheck. If you apply all over town, even you won’t know what you’re looking for. 

So, what should you be doing instead? Simply put, you should be having conversations – lots of them, with people who are in a position to offer guidance and help you. Talking to people is the best way to explore your options, figure out what you want to do and where you want to do it, and what you need to do to get there. 

We’ve seen time and again that people who focus their energy on building relationships and doing their research actually end up getting invited by target companies to apply for positions. This is the absolute best way to make sure your resume rises to the top of the pile.

If you want to learn more about the ways ArcVida helps our clients meet the right people and have the kinds of conversations that result in invitations to apply, Learn More

Published on 12/9/2018