Panicking Over Jobs

Hitting the Panic Button

This first entry is merely an observation. The vast majority jobseekers understand that quality does take time and they also tend to appreciate that it pays to take their time when it comes to making important career decisions. However, this isn’t always the case. For example, occasionally in the past I have had clients asking me to prioritise a CV for them tailored towards a job that they didn’t meet all the criteria for, and deep down they probably didn’t want anyway. In such cases I advise them to be more selective and apply for a more suitable job, mentioning that if they do this not only would they have a better chance of ticking all the boxes for the job (and subsequently landing it), but in addition to that they would probably enjoy it more in the long run too.
Some people take notice of this advice, whilst others don’t. Those who don’t are sometimes in a state of panic. They want a job, and yesterday. This is totally understandable if their financial circumstances dictate that they must find a job ASAP. However, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes some of the people who panic could really hold fire, and consider their options more, be more selective and take their time preparing a far stronger application for a job that is more suitable, and a better long-term bet.
If you are desperate for a job, you are not alone, there are many others in the same boat as you. At the same time, rather than rush things, if your circumstances allow you to take your time a bit more, and apply for fewer jobs in a more targeted manner, you may well find that this pays better dividends in the long run.
Paul (182 Posts)

Paul , top UK CV specialist, head of leading firm CV Succeed, and author of the most pioneering CV book in decades, The One Page CV (published by top career sector publishers Pearson Education).

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