Applying for jobs is not as simple as applying and interviewing. It can be a game of cat and mouse. Yes, in the way that one is chasing the other for a response. One of three things can happen. First, the typical automated email where you are advised that they appreciate you for applying but you are not what they are looking for. We may not like these types of emails but it’s nice to know that status of your job application. It’s beats feeling full of doubts. Second, you receive an email for an interview or screening, the call is made and then you are ghosted and left excited but no where to go. Third, you go through the interview and screening process and you get the job!
Whatever the case maybe there is always steps and responsibility one needs to take to continue as a successful candidate. It may not be the time when you desire the job but if you really want it, you will continue to persevere.
It’s OK to take another job while still having your eyes on the dream job you want as long as you stay focused and build your skills. Bills need to be paid and life is happening, don’t ever feel bad for having your job while wanting another – as long as your performance is not affected. Below are three things you can do in the meantime.
- Follow-up with HR and whoever interviewed you.
No matter if you received a negative or positive response about your interview or job application, it is always important to follow-up. Below is an example of a respectful and engaging email when not receiving the job.
2. Expand your network!
- Sign-up and participate in virtual job fairs or conferences within your industry .
- Growing your network can give you a higher chance to meet people who can refer you to a job.
- Connecting with people can help you learn new perspectives and innovative ways to continue to build your skillsets.
3. Be persistent!
I know you’ve probably heard this once or twice and thought, “Well, that’s easier said than done!” That is true but it’s important. You may have not earned the job you wanted but there will likely open up the same or similar position in the future. Be persistent and continuing to check the job openings. Be persistent in continuing to build the skillsets to become a better and top candidate in the future.
I hope these tips help you out. Feel free to let me know if you have any further questions. I’m happy to help!