Two Way Street: Advice for Job Seekers and Employers
There is no rhyme or reason involved in any kind of job search. It is neither an art nor a science. Rather it is a collective series of trial, error, and chance. In other words, the success of finding a job is not solely based on one’s good merit and qualifications, but rather being in the right place at the right time. Trying to make sense of your job search is equivalent to attempting to know exactly the thought process and reasoning of each individual involved in making selection decisions. Richard Nelson Bolless, the author of What Color Is Your Parachute, describes the job search experience as very similar to dating. When you think about it, he is correct.
Some organizations request your cover letter and résumé, which is equivalent to an online dating profile. Some companies will think you are a good fit, whereas others will not think you are suitable for them. If you are fortunate to have an interview (or first date), you might decide the company is or is not a good place to work based on your former work experiences and values. Instead of rationalizing the process, there are a few methods in which job seekers do have some control in increasing their odds for getting selected during this arduous period. Also, there are ways that employers can help make the job search process easier for the job applicants. Job seekers must be willing to try new search avenues, be flexible in their requirements of a job, and be open to interviews that might not seem the best fit but offer future potential. Finding the ideal employee is just as challenging as finding our perfect life partner.
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