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March 11, 2009

Worry vs. Effort

Filed under: Career Development — EducationCS @ 7:05 pm
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worriedBy definition, worry is an empty economy. Fretting over things of which you have no control is a waste of time and mental resources.

Effort, on the other hand, when focused properly, holds a wealth of value.

Consider; in your job hunt you have no effect on other candidates for the position. Worrying if you got the job won’t help you. Effort on maximizing the things you can control is the way to go.

Concentrate on expressing your value in writing (resume) and orally (interview). When someone asks if the interview went well, no matter what they really intend, if you focus on anything other than how well you did conveying your qualifications for the job, you’re avoiding the heart of the matter.

A good interview doesn’t mean you win the job, it means the interviewer has enough information to make a quality judgment on your ability to do the job. You may not outstrip your competitors, but if you forget about them and work on refining your presentation skills, you will win eventually (and quite possibly best stronger candidates who can’t present as well as you can). Spin your wheels on the wrong criteria and you won’t improve, prolonging your job search.

After an interview, jot down as many questions asked as you can remember. Did you answer well? How can you improve your answers? Did you fall down on a question, answering poorly when you actually had a winning answer? (If so, pick one or two and address it in a thank you letter… they won’t get many of those, and it can make a great impression.)

If you can figure out what the interviewer is looking for, even if you don’t get this job, you have direction on modifying your resume and sharpening your communication skill for the next interview. Presuming you’re applying for similar positions with each application, review your resume immediately after an interview. Does it proactively address the core needs of the employer? Can you refine or better prioritize skills and achievements?

Your job search generates a progression of information; worry will prevent you from mining it for all the gold it contains. Effort will position you for success!

Rob Swanson
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