We are finally closing in on spring weather and during this time of year there are candies shaped like eggs and bunnies filling every shelf of the grocery store. The good news? By the time you read this blog, they will all be on sale so go out and get some cheap candy while it lasts (and be sure to bring me some Cadbury Eggs)! Speaking of eggs, this is probably a good time to remind job seekers to not put all of their eggs in one basket.
What is that supposed to mean? As a recruiter, there are times when I might reach out to the same candidate about multiple positions that could be a fit, and there are always times when a candidate will shoot down a position because they have their eyes on what they think is their dream job.
I get it. You’ve found a company and position you’re interested in, you are incredibly excited to get the interview, and you would take the job in a HEARTBEAT if it were offered to you. But what if you’re not offered the position? You’re now back to square one in your job search, which in turn means it will take you that much longer to find your perfect fit.
More than likely when a manager is looking to fill an open position, they don’t stop looking when they see a resume that matches their requirements so why should you stop looking when you hear of a position that matches yours? My advice is to always entertain positions when they are presented to you. If it sounds like something you might be interested in, apply or have your recruiter submit your resume. If you are asked for an interview, take it!
There are countless articles on the internet that will tell you hundreds of reasons why you should interview for multiple opportunities, but for sake of ease (and you having to read hours of information) I’ve compiled a few of my favorite reasons below:
- You will network with many like-minded individuals that you may not have had the opportunity to, otherwise.
- Interviews will give you PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Still not your dream job after meeting with the company? That’s okay! Now you have some nerves out of your system so you can kill the interview for your perfect job.
- What if it is the perfect fit but you turned it down due to a boring job description? It’s hard to encompass everything that will go into a position on a piece of paper, and it’s hard to sell an awesome opportunity in black and white. Talking to a company is the only way to dive into the nitty gritty details and perks that might be involved!
My personal career search out of college is a great representation of this. I had my heart set on a couple of marketing roles that I was interviewing for. However, when I went to meet with the companies, I found out they would absolutely not be a fit for me (not only can job descriptions be boring, but they can also be misleading. I learned that the hard way!). Luckily, I had set up an interview to meet with a company for a recruiting role. It wasn’t something I was 100 percent sold on; however, once I met with the team, I knew it would be a great fit for me. After the two marketing roles fell through, I was glad that I had filled my basket with multiple positions. Three years later, I’m still on the same career path!
If you’re on the job search right now, hopefully I’ve helped you understand the importance in not putting all your eggs into one basket and entertaining roles that you don’t think are going to be the perfect match. Just like you never know what candy you’re going to find when you pop open an Easter egg, it’s hard to know exactly what you’ll walk into when you’re interviewing – and it might just be your favorite candy!
Casey has been with Aureus Group since November of 2016 and currently serves as an Account Manager for the accounting and finance team, working the Kansas City market. She has two years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, and holds a bachelor’s of science in speech communication. She recently relocated to the Omaha area and is enjoying life with her new husband and their two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys working on their new home, attending concerts, and exploring her new city.