I know in general it’s not… but it really should be.
If you’re in a phase in your life that you have to search for a new line of work, it should be a really exciting time. Daunting sure, but exciting nonetheless. This can apply to those who are currently in a job they hate and looking to change careers OR to those who have somehow arrived at this kind of crossroads in their life. However you got to this unavoidable western culture phenomenon, you’re here, and societal pressures aside, you can go anywhere you want from here! You can apply to anywhere you want. You can BECOME anything you want. How powerful! You can ask yourself questions like, What goal do I want to chase? What do I dare to dream? It’s completely an open canvas for you. Then, once you’ve figured out what your niche is, the application process begins.
This process is not just a series of “applications” that you send out to employers, but rather, it’s an application of everything you’ve learned in life about success and drive and perseverance. That’s the real application. You’re living out every inspirational quote you’ve ever been told about not giving up.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
“Winners never quit, quitters never win.”
“Fall 100 times, get up 101 times.”
Over the past month, I’ve gotten one (ONLY ONE) rejection response and NO callbacks from any of the dozens of jobs I’ve applied for. The first few days of my job search were actually pretty enjoyable for me. I defined my objective, envisioned my ideal job, and searched career networks for openings. I was learning more about the food industry and about positions I didn’t even know existed. I was pleasantly surprised to see the ideas for some of these startup companies. I was especially inspired by the stories of some of these entrepreneurs. ‘I could learn a thing or two from these people,’ I thought. The possibility of working for businesses like that got my creative juices flowing. I worked hard on my cover letters and resume and thought for surely these hiring managers would see the passion, interest, and overall potential oozing out of my applications. After sending an application that I felt ‘really good about,’ I must admit, I would check my email like mad and wait by my phone in hopes that the company is going to contact me right away. It’s like the first time you start dating someone; you get all giddy at the thought of them calling or texting you. Eventually, however, if you’re only banking on one job application, that giddy feeling will turn sour fast — no matter how solid of an application you think it is. When it turns out that hiring managers aren’t exactly lining up on you doorstep to hire you, reality will set in: there are hundreds of applicants just as passionate as you are… hundreds of people at this damn crossroads, too. But to abandon your dreams just because other people have dreams too would be foolish, so you must continue to share your passion and interest with the world — the hiring world. I know, this is when the application process gets flat out annoying. The dreaming stage is over, and now you’re just trying to get an interview, but don’t forget about the goal you’re chasing. Don’t forget what you came to accomplish in the first place. The second, third, forth… fiftieth application you send out should ooze the same passion that the first one did.
The job search is a true testament to your character. How many times are you willing to fail (or in this case, submit an application without getting a callback) before landing the perfect gig? When we’re in the fog, it’s hard to see what lay ahead, but take it steady, and you’ll find where you’re going. Let it be a fun learning experience — not a mundane, hopeless cause. Keep dreaming, keep creating, keep sharing.
As my yoga teacher once told me, “Don’t give up before the miracle happens.”
– What were some feelings and emotions you experienced when you were applying for your dream job?
– What were some lessons the application process taught you?
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