Don't put all your eggs in one basket during your job search.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket during your job search.

Employers don’t put all their eggs in one basket. They normally interview a number of candidates before choosing their best then why should you a job seeker put your eggs in one basket where you make one job application and wait. You might feel you’re the ‘perfect’ candidate for this job, there is no way anyone else would have more or better experience than you, the company would be mad not to hire you, etc. All of which may well be true from your perspective, but you have no idea what is going on the other side of the interview table. It’s usually such job seekers who end up being devastated when they’ve put a pause to their job search in anticipation of securing the job they have been interviewed for.

Understand that as much as you have the best experience, education, there could be someone better so set your mind to believe that as much as you might have a good chance to take up the job there could be someone better. For this reason, you should throw as many applications out there this will increase your chances of landing more interviews and eventually a job. In so doing, you could as well end up in a situation where you have multiple offers for you to choose from. Not only is this a confidence booster but it will put you in the driving seat during your job search.

Regardless of how confident you feel about a role, always keep applying to other positions. If things work out, great. If they don’t, you’ll be grateful you kept going.

Many job seekers pause their job search when they get interviewed. Yes, being interviewed is a good, meaning that not only has your resume got you the interview spot, but you’ve also got the skills and experience the employer needs. What you don’t know is who they are actually looking for. You won’t be the only one interviewed-yes you read it right. The competition may have been significantly reduced by the time you are shortlisted for the interview, but there could be other candidates competing for the same job, candidate who could be better than you are.

Don’t assume that since the interview seemed positive, you should merely wait for an offer of employment. Don’t feel completely self-assured that you will get the job, because you do not know who else the employer is interviewing otherwise, you may wait endlessly.

The “Don’t put your eggs in one basket” moral in your job search means, until you have secured your dream job offer from an employer, don’t stop applying, attending interviews and networking.

We hope this article can be useful in your future job search well, do not hesitate to share your job search experience in the comments.

Contributed by: Henry Mubiru Kweba. 

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