“Job hunting is a delicate balance between pride, desperation and humiliation.” Amy Crabtree
Here are three ways to cope:
Don’t stop– You may have found a lead to the best job on the planet and you’re sure after the telephone interview that next week will be it because they scheduled an interview. Now you have six days to kill until the interview, so you start thinking “why should I keep looking, this job is in the bag.”
Instead of stopping your job search, pause for a few minutes, write down everything you remember from the phone interview, especially things that got a positive response and then keep searching. It doesn’t matter if this job works out, you have many more coming. Don’t stop until you are in a new hire orientation
Don’t marry the company – I’ve said many times before, you can end up on an emotional roller coaster if you play the “I’ve got to have this job, it’s perfect” game. All jobs have perks, benefits and all jobs have drawbacks.
Make sure you are painting a realistic picture of the company; you may decide after the first interview that you don’t like their culture. Be open about the company and realistic about what they are offering and your stress will be less.
Don’t think traditional – With all of the competition for jobs today, standing out is imperative. In the end, it’s about getting the attention of the company you want to work for.
Within the corporate culture of the industry and workplace you are targeting, you need to tell your story. Share your personal brand with specific stories that give the interviewer a reason to remember you.
Amy caught the spirit of the problem. “Job hunting is a delicate balance between pride, desperation and humiliation.” Don’t be so proud that you stop searching because “they would be nut’s not to hire you”. Don’t be so desperate that you take the first thing that comes along, without making sure it is a good fit for you. And don’t worry about being embarrassed when you market yourself in a memorable way. It may end up being the talk of your first company picnic.
(Many thanks to Amy, my client from the UK, who shared her thoughts on landing a new position. And yes, there is a happy ending. Amy landed a job that she enjoys and challenges her!)