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Career Skills: Master the job hunt



Landing a job is tough. So tough in fact that some have made an online

career out of teaching people how to apply for jobs. It's a process that is rarely pleasant when in the moment, filling out applications and refining your CV, but so incredibly rewarding when you finally get hired. Even though I'm only at the start of my career, I've had extensive experience regarding the job application process from all my previous summer jobs and current internships I applied for.


Getting hired is such a difficult process that I've determined it to be a too extensive topic for just one article. That's why I've decided to create a Career Skills series detailing the various parts of the job application process and I've split it into three following sections to be released as upcoming posts:


  1. Creating a state of the art CV to impress the recruiter and most effectively display your strengths and personality

  2. Preparing for a job interview both online (Zoom and Microsoft Teams) and in person to learn how to show your best side and avoid common pitfalls

  3. How to cover your actions at work to handle responsibility, maintain your skills, and retain competency in case of dismissals


Searching for a job – the short version


Your CV, job interview and behavior at work should all contribute towards one important purpose: They demonstrate your skills and define what kind of a worker you are. This worker type definition isn't strict, either: You can prefer both independent and team work or specialize in only one of them, but understanding your preference is vital. If your CV and job interview fail to form a clear, coherent snippet of who you are as an employee, you've failed. But worry not as we are here to learn!


Embrace humility in the gauntlet of job applications


Having applied to dozens of internships and having been to multiple interviews to no luck, I have definitely witnessed how daunting the job application process is. I had to send over 40 different open applications before landing five replies and one job offer and the process was arduous.


I had challenging moments of self-doubt and even considered giving up at the middle of the months-long process until I had a vital observation: I can be the best version of myself that day, the sharpest dresser in the room or the best writer, but if someone is better than me all factors considered then I have no chance of winning. This sounds incredibly demotivating, but consider it this way: The more you experience job interviews, the more you fill applications, the more you will learn. You just need enough instances where you get to hone your skills and at some point you will statistically be the best candidate in the room. It might be also down to just simply bad luck: some interviews might have particularly qualified competition in comparison to you and others have noticeably less skilled candidates.


Believe in yourself, put effort into the process and reap the fruits of your hard labor.


 

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