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Make Your Job Search About YOU

Job SearchWhen it comes to job search strategies, there are two general schools of thought. One says you should focus on the potential employer. Learn as much as you can about the company and its needs, and then present yourself as the one person most qualified to fill those needs. The other job hunting approach is to focus on yourself, your talents, training, professional ambitions and personal desires and then look for a job that best fits those.

Which job search strategy is likely to produce the best results?

Probably the second one.

Why Being Employer-Focused Usually Doesn’t Work

The key problem with the employer-focused approach to job search is that it’s too often borderline dishonest. It’s rare that a person just happens to have the precise combination of skills, talent and experience an employer is looking for, and trying to pretend you do will usually force you to bend and twist your resume into something even you can’t recognize. Even if you are lucky enough to land an interview, struggling to make your “square peg” always fit into the employer’s “round hole” is likely to make you come off as insincere and perhaps even desperate.

On the other hand, focusing on yourself may mean fewer interviews, but the interviews you do get are then more likely to bear fruit.

Hiring Managers Recognize Passion

When you put your own interests first, you’ll pursue jobs you’re actually passionate about, jobs to which you can really contribute. Although you may not have the precise level of education or experience the company says it’s looking for, your excitement, energy and eagerness can often overcome these seeming weaknesses. Good hiring managers know that technical skills can be learned. They know that experience at one company doesn’t always predict how well you’ll do at another. And they recognize that passion, personality and self-awareness are authentic, personal and unique strengths that truly separate one job candidate from another.

When you pursue the job you want and not just a position an employer wants to fill, you’re more likely to end up doing something you really like to do and will therefore produce better results. And what employer doesn’t want that?

Job Hunting Skills Taught by Everest Online’s Career Services

Helping students find and then pursue their professional passion is just one of the ways Everest University Online’s Career Services professionals help graduates prepare to launch their careers. Career Services support also includes help with resume writing, rehearsing interviewing techniques and, of course, identifying and contacting potential employers in the area. The service remains available to graduates even after they’ve left school.

Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, currently offers online college programs for associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the fields of:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Computer Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • Paralegal

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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For more information on how you can earn your degree from home, contact Everest University Online today!

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