Have you ever had the thought “Why won’t somebody give me a job?”
If you have - there is no condemnation, but I have to be blunt and tell you that you are thinking about it all wrong. No one is going to give you anything. You have to go out and get what you want.
Let me give you an example of what I mean.
I have been going into the Louis Vuitton store for about a year now looking at a bag that I want. I finally got up the nerve to look at the price and it was a cool $3200 – yes- that's right - three thousand two hundred dollars.
Now I can go into the store all day, every day but until I am willing to do what it takes to get the $3200, that bag is going to stay in the store.
You can apply this to your job search.
You can apply until the cows come home but that is often just an exercise in frustration. It’s equivalent to me going into the Louis Vuitton store daily and looking at the bag.
They aren’t going to give it to me because I come in every day. As a matter of fact, if I keep coming in and don’t buy, security might get involved. This would be equivalent to being blocked by a company because you applied to every position they had!
So instead of continually applying to jobs, you need to ask yourself “what does my ideal company want or my ideal position require?” Then take a hard look at what you have to offer and what you need to qualify for the position you want. Where are your gaps?
Do you need to build a portfolio? Build new relationships? Do research on the company? Show your expertise or thought leadership via blogs and articles? Attend events to expand your visibility and connections?
It’s yours for the taking if you are willing to do what it takes!