3 Questions You Should Stop Asking Yourself When Job Searching

Job searching is a full-time job of overthinking, second-guessing, and questioning yourself, especially when you have no idea what you’re doing or what you need to do to land a new role you’ll enjoy.

To help you cut down on some of the questions you’ve probably been asking yourself over and over, here are three you should cross off your list asap if you want to move forward in your career as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Will this be what I want to do in five years?

To be clear, if you have a five-year plan mapped out already, then kudos to you and keep working towards it. However, this year has been a stark reminder that we really have no idea who we will be five years from now, what we will want five years from now, or what our world will look like five years from now. So much has changed in just 12 months alone. That’s why I’m such a big advocate of focusing on the now. When planning to change jobs or change careers entirely, instead of mulling over where you want to be in five years, ask yourself: “What would I like to be doing by this time next year, and does this opportunity align with that?”

This allows you to take decisive action, gives you a more targeted focus, and reduces your procrastination so that you can find the right jobs and opportunities more quickly and move towards a much more fulfilling career sooner rather than later.

What if I don’t meet all of the requirements?

Let me let you in on a secret that top candidates understand: job descriptions are wish lists. Should they be read, analyzed, and taken seriously? Absolutely. But, should you disqualify yourself simply because you’re missing a few requirements? Absolutely not.

I once worked with a client who wanted to change industries from public relations to human resources. She had experience in HR and eight years killing it in her career, but she didn’t have any titles that reflected her HR capabilities. Naturally, this made her question if she could successfully transition to her desired industry. But, once we started working together, she got crystal clear on the right jobs for her in the HR industry and got clear on how to communicate her value and leverage her not-like-everyone-else experience. This helped her land an incredible HR role at one of her dream companies, doing exactly what she wanted to do next in her career. On top of that, after she started her role, her manager told her that she wasn’t the typical candidate they were looking for but they realized her PR background was actually what they needed!

Of course, if you are completely unqualified for the roles you desire, then you should find more suitable roles that align with your experience and interests. But, if you meet 80% of the job description, don’t throw in the towel because of the other 20%. Get into the habit of asking yourself: “How can I show I have the skills and experience to excel in this position?”

What will other people think if I make this change?

The short answer: Who cares? Other people’s opinions should not be your priority. But, yes I know that’s easier said than done. I talk to tons of people who tell me how much their family and friends are so proud of them and how everyone seems to think they’re living the dream. Yet, deep down they are miserable and desperate for change. Amid so much uncertainty, it’s normal to wonder if people will think you’re crazy for wanting to look for a new job when you have a decent one already. But, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life really is too short to be comfortably unhappy.

No doubt, it can be difficult to explain to others why you’re ready for change, even more so when the people you’re explaining your desires to are people you love and don’t want to disappoint. But, once you make the career change and do it well, those same people will be the ones cheering you on and congratulating you. So, worry less about what other people think and focus more on making yourself proud.

Overthinking your job search makes it that much harder. If you struggle with any of these questions, now is the time to delete them from your list so you can give yourself more freedom to make your best career move yet.

Source: Forbes

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