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Deciding Whether to Apply for a Job
When you are out of a job, desperation often strikes. The longer you wait, the more frantic you become to get your hands on anything that is available. Money starts dwindling, and you even begin to accept the idea of operating a fast food stand or working general labour jobs. You look for anything that can give you some money; desperation happens to the best of us.
Desperate job seekers turn to newspaper and internet job boards and apply to every job that is available. They believe the more they apply, the higher their chance of getting hired will be.
In reality, getting the most out of the time you spend job hunting requires knowing which jobs you should apply to and which jobs you should not waste your time on.
Things to Consider Before Applying
1. Do you have the education, experience and skills needed for the job?
If you do not have the proper education, experience or skills in the field, your résumé will be thrown out right away. The jobs you apply for should be in the same field as your educational background. It all comes down to the degree you attained — if you have an engineering degree, applying to be a nurse won’t be a good option for you. Before you begin applying for jobs, make a list of the jobs that interest you and are related to your field.
2. Where are the open jobs located?
If you are happy being where you are and don’t want to move, you may find the best jobs in the local newspaper. If relocating is an option, you can find thousands of jobs on the Internet. Only apply for jobs if you are comfortable with the location. Another important tip is that you should not accept an interview for a job that is not local when you know that relocation is impossible for you.
3. How badly do you need a job?
The number of applications you send out depends on how badly you need a job. If you are not receiving any unemployment benefits and money is tight, you should increase the number of job applications you send out. If you can afford to last a few more months, then you can afford to focus on finding the best job for you.
4. Don’t bombard a company with applications.
It is not a good idea to keep submitting applications to a company that is either not responding or denying you a job. You might be not qualified for the job, or might not be a good fit for the company. Continuing to apply can damage your reputation, especially if you don’t have the right qualifications. If a company is ignoring or rejecting you, it is best to move on and try your luck elsewhere.
In the end, you are the best judge. There is no such thing as submitting too many job applications, but when you are applying, be sure to ask yourself, “Am I qualified for this position?” If you are, give the job your best shot. If you are finding that there are limited jobs that suit your qualifications, it may be time to further your education. Look for quality courses and programs in your area that can give you the skills you need to update your career.
If you need help preparing for your next interview, or if you are interested in upgrading your technical skills to better market yourself for employment in the IT field, please feel free to contact us. We provide intense Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, Linux and Red Hat courses. We are located in Mississauga near Toronto, Milton, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton and offer courses to students looking to change their career or improve their professional skills.