Recruiting can be extremely rigorous and there are a variety of steps that have to be taken before you get an offer. To ensure you get an offer that will align with your desired career goals, these are the steps you must follow:
1. Do your Research
It is important that you research what industry, role, and companies you would like to work for. You want to ensure that you are applying for roles that are in alignment with what you want to do within your professional career. If you’re majoring in marketing and want to pursue a career within marketing, it wouldn’t be smart to apply for roles outside of that field.
You also want to attend as many info sessions and networking events as possible. These events are a great resource for getting to know how a company’s culture is, what your role might consist of, and what their recruiting process looks like. Attending these events can also allow you to understand whether or not you will be a good fit and if submitting an application would be worthwhile. It is important to note that all industries have different recruiting timelines and so it is important that you do your research with time so that you don’t miss any deadlines.
2. Be Strategic but Not Picky
As stated above you must take the necessary steps to ensure that you apply to positions that will benefit your professional growth. However, you must not be too picky when doing so. Make sure that you allow yourself to have options. Oftentimes you may never hear back from a company after applying or you’ll simply get rejected. You can also land an interview and not make it to the following round or you can even get rejected after your final interview. So you must apply to as many companies as possible so that you can secure an offer and maybe even have options to choose from.
3. Don’t Take Rejections Personally
Recruiting can be intense and it can be difficult when a ton of rejections roll in after you’ve put in a lot of effort to all of your interviews. You must understand that rejection is inevitable and you can get 100 rejections but all you need is 1 offer. You must not take rejection personally because of all the factors that go into the decision. Sometimes companies no longer have the budget to offer you the position, or the role is no longer available, or it could simply be that although you did great the person who got an offer had a referral and you didn’t. Understanding that there are so many different reasons as to why you may not have gotten an offer will allow you to remain positive throughout the rest of your recruiting process.
You also want to make sure you learn from the experience, so make sure to ask for feedback. This will help you work on your weaknesses so that you can ace your next interview. You also want to make sure to never burn bridges. You never know when a recruiter might have a position open and have you in mind because of your ability to maintain communication.
Recruiting can be difficult, but these are a couple of steps you can take to lessen the stress of finding a job.