Many people look at job-hunting as an action you only do when needing a job when in fact there are benefits to applying to job posts regardless if you need one or not, or applying even if the job might not sound like the perfect fit. Obviously, it makes sense to do this if the job is within your line of work or if it’s a job alternative you might’ve considered. I’m not saying to apply for the sake of applying, but there may be some use or advantages you’re overlooking.
Has a job posting ever rubbed you off the wrong way that you don’t apply? The person responsible for posting the job may not know all the specifics regarding the role. Many job postings can sound vague due to the lack of information the hiring manager is given. On the flip side, the job might sound unclear or excessive because they decided to bombard the posting with every possible related task and software with a very generic version of the role in mind. …
Your time investment represents what’s most important to you.
So many people, including myself, repeatedly say we have absolutely no time to accomplish certain things when the truth is we invest our time in what’s most important to us. Whether it be our family, our friends, our health, our career, movies, TV shows, or our hobbies. Our time is our choice.
Ambition. You’ve had it since your college years; maybe even during your high school years. More than a decade later in your career, you look back and it isn’t anywhere near where you pictured yourself to be. Does this sound familiar?
Do you. This is what I tend to remind myself of. Comparing one's career to another can easily be misleading; it makes no sense. You would really have to know the other person to make some sort of accurate comparison. Everyone has their own path. Everyone has different experiences. Everyone defines success differently. Your definition of success can and will probably change over time. Life — at the end of the day — is unpredictable and sometimes out of your hands. More importantly: perspective. …