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Making Lemonade Out of Job Search Lemons

Mar 09 , 2016

Part of a successful life is being able to make lemonade out of life's lemons.

When you have a bad experience during an IT job search, it can be frustrating and discouraging. Maybe you were the runner-up candidate for a job you really wanted, or you could tell from the first moment of an interview that the job wasn't going to be a good fit for you.

Most job searches don't go perfectly and involve some level of mistakes or bad experiences. Being able to turn a negative experience into something positive can help job seekers grow and can lead to even better job opportunities in the future.

Figuring Out What Went Wrong

One way to overcome job search adversity is to take time after a bad experience to reflect and analyze what happened. Sometimes you can identify the problem, such as a bad response to an interview question or a personality conflict that was apparent right away. For times when you are mystified about the situation, you can try to solicit feedback from your recruiter or company contact.

You may not always get a response when asking why you didn't get the job. Hiring personnel are busy and may not have time to follow up with you, but if you ask the question appropriately, you may get an answer, at least some of the time. Here is what to say. "I want to improve my job search skills. Can you give me any advice for how to improve my approach to resumes, interviews or anything else?"

If you do get a response, resist the urge to continue the communication or defend yourself. Thank the responder and do what you can with the information. You never know when you might come across someone again in the future, so always remain professional no matter what.

Learning from our mistakes is an important part of life and growth.

Staying Positive is the Only Way

If you want to turn job search lemons into lemonade, a positive attitude is an essential ingredient. Do whatever you need to do to stay positive, because negativity will come through in your interactions with others and will destroy many opportunities you could have. You want to avoid negative people and keep reminding yourself that the right opportunity is out there and you will find it as soon as you possibly can.

No matter how bleak your prospects seem, keep networking and following up on opportunities that you come across. Use your resources, whether friends, counselors, or a recruiter, to find encouragement to continue making an effort to find a new job. It may take a while, but it will happen.

Continue Learning and Growing

There are many opportunities to learn and grow while looking for a job. Volunteer work can fill some of the empty hours with meaningful tasks that will add to your resume. Classes toward new certifications can get you qualified for more and better jobs. And if you have opportunities to learn more about job search skills like resume writing or interview skills, it can only help your job search be more successful.

By the time you are hired for a new IT position, you will be in a much better position to do the job successfully if you have spent your time between jobs furthering your education. Browse GDH Consulting's job listings and join our talent network today.