The Waiting Game: Why You Should Never Play It

March 14, 2013

Career Advice

The waiting game - why you can't play itThe anticipation! Can you handle it? Job seekers are often found playing “the waiting game.” They’re waiting to hear back about an application, or waiting to hear when their interview will be scheduled, or waiting to hear if they landed that awesome job offer. The great thing about the waiting game is that you might have good news on the way. The bad thing about the waiting game is that *might* is the key word. And that’s the problem.

Job seekers often put all their eggs in one basket. Landing an interview is a sigh of relief. Finishing an interview is an even bigger sigh of relief. But “might” isn’t a good enough reason to back off your job search. The search can’t stop until you have a signed offer in hand. That means you must continue networking, applying, and interviewing for other opportunities even if you’re in the final stages of interviewing for a dream position. You never know what will happen. And you don’t want to end up empty-handed with no leads.

News of a rejected application or a failed interview will  be a lot easier to take if you have another prospective opportunity lined up or if you’re already in the process of filling out applications for a few great positions. Keep the momentum going. The funny thing about interviewing is that the more rejected applications and more failed interviews you have, the more practice you’ll get. And the more confident you’ll get. Sure you’re ego might be a little sore, but you’re ultimately bettering yourself and your search. You’ll get there someday soon.

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