8 Life Lessons You’ll Learn From Your Job Search
You think of job hunting as a way to get into your career. You rarely think of it as a path that prepares you for your career. For instance, I don’t like career fairs. Can’t stand them. I trip over my words. The idea of attending on fills me with dread. After attending a lot of career fairs, I’m pretty confident in the fact that I won’t make a fool out of myself. I still don’t like them but I know I’m not terrible at them. It’s a nice confidence booster.
Don’t focus on how job hunting feels like a chore. Think of it as one road that prepares you for your dream job.
Here a few lessons you’ll learn during your job hunt that’ll carry over into your work life.
You wait a lot when searching for a job. There’s little you can do to make the process move faster. Companies get hundreds of resumes. It could take them weeks to determine who they want to interview. You have to wait. Trying to hurry a potential employer will get your application thrown out.
Your new bag of patience definitely will help you on the job. I talked about this more in the post on customer service skills.
My first experience with networking was at Career Fairs. It wasn’t the last time. And, as I mentioned above, I eventually got more comfortable talking with strangers. Your work might send you to a conference. No matter how much you’d like to, you can’t sit in the corner the whole time and not talk to anyone. Or, let’s say you’re at a job that requires you to interact with a lot of people on a daily basis, like reception. Networking to get a job gave you good practice with that.
Your work might send you to a conference. No matter how much you’d like to, you can’t sit in the corner the whole time and not talk to anyone. Or, let’s say you’re at a job that requires you to interact with people often. Networking to get a job gave you good practice with that.
At the end of your job search, you’ve probably written a million cover letters. You probably went to a workshop and read articles about writing cover letters that get interviews. Most of the world may have gone digital but we still send letters. Creating so many cover letters taught me how to write professional emails.
Your cover letter and resume need to be free of grammatical errors. If there are any mistakes, your application will be thrown out. Ideally, you’d like someone to read it but that doesn’t always happen. You need to learn some editing practices so you can catch any errors.
Balancing Work and Life
Searching for a job is a full-time job but people often have other obligations. Most can’t spend 8 hours a day job hunting. During your hunt, you learn to manage life while trying to find a job.
Your first rejection is going to suck. The fifth will hurt but you get better at bouncing back from them. Rejections are a part of life. You won’t get away from them when you get your dream jobs. They just won’t knock you down.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Job searching often requires you to do things you’re not used to, like networking. Once you step out of your comfort zone, you may find a new talent. I discovered I enjoyed designing and that I’m not terrible at it.
You spend enough time convincing people you’re amazing and perfect for the job, you start to really believe it. You’ll face and overcome a number of challenges while job hunting. By the end of the road, you’ll feel like a superhero.