There comes a time, especially often when you are in the beginning of your working days, when the bell tolls: it’s simply time to move on from your current position. Whether you have ascertained for certain that there is no room for growth in your position, your company has come under new management, or it’s just time for a new direction, it’s tempting to simply up and give your two weeks notice when you have that moment of realization. However appealing that might be, don’t! You’re infinitely more valuable employed than unemployed, whether your unemployment was your own choice or not. It’s back to that annoying paradox you encountered on day one of your non-student life: it’s near impossible to get a job unless you have a job. Don’t forget that lesson you learned- any job is better than no job! It’s simply the truth of how the market functions: when something is in demand, people fight to get their hands on it. When something sits unnoticed on a shelf, with back stock piling up, even the best sale can’t get someone to purchase it. If you are in demand by another employer, it’s a green flag for a potential employer- you are skilled and reliable, as certified by another company.
So, as much as you might want to jump ship and pour all your time and energy into seeking out that next opportunity, take a moment to assess your situation. Stay in your current position, continue seeking our opportunities for advancement or improvement, and search for a new career in your free time. Slow and steady wins the race, after all.
Sending out a new cover letter for each position you apply for can be daunting- but I think we’ve all been at that point when it just feels like torture. If you’re creating little rewards for yourself (if I do one more I get to eat that truffle that’s been sitting in my refrigerator) just to make it through, it’s time to step back and take a look at what you’re doing.
Sometimes the job is perfect for you, your dream position, but what your potential employer is asking for is the bare bones, plain and boring: “Please send resume and credentials in cover letter.” Well, in that case, you’re just going to have to power through, because it will be worth it in the end. Other times the prompt is great, but you find yourself really struggling to sound excited in your cover letter, to connect your true interests to those that might best qualify you for the position. In that case you might want to pause and ask yourself, Is this really for me? Unless you’re financially obligated to take any job that comes your way (in which case, DO!), it’s important to take time every so often to reevaluate what it is you’re really looking for. As I’ve said before, finding a job is like getting into a relationship- it’s equally important to know what YOU want as it is to anticipate what your potential employer is looking for.
If the words are flying out from beneath your fingers and your foot is tapping in anxious excitement as your trying to reign in your cover letter from exceeding a page in length- by all means EDIT and EDIT again- this is the job for you! If you can’t decide which example to use in your cover letter because you have too many relevant ones, or which interest to highlight because all of yours seem to align perfectly with those the position entails, follow up with a phone call, send another email, don’t let your dream job slip away!
In summation? If even applying for the job is torture, do you really thinking doing it forty hours a week will be much better? If you’re short of breath even while crafting your cover letter, do everything in your power to demonstrate that you’re the best candidate for that job!
Go get em, tigers.