Earlier last week I read a blog post by Paul Hellman where he writes about negotiating, in particular through the lens of buying a house. Toward the end of the posting, he wrote about one of the cardinal rules of buying a house – not to get too attached to a house during the bidding process. Becoming too attached to a house causes the buyer to overpay and one has to remember there are always more houses on the market.
The same thought process should hold true when conducting a job search. Although it may not seem like it during a job hunt, there are multiple job opportunities that could be right for you. When job hunters become overly focused on one job/company, it can be to the detriment to one’s job search. By focusing too much on one opportunity, one can lose perspective. I have known people who have accepted job offers because they became so convinced the employer was the end-all-be-all. Their perspective was skewed because their focus was so laser tight that they could not see that the opportunity was not a good fit.
Another drawback of laser intensity is when one does not receive the offer. Often, so much attention and effort is poured into one job opportunity that additional job leads and networking opportunities are put on hold. When the individual does not receive the offer, the momentum loss felt in the job search is considerable. Allowing 2-3 weeks to go by with minimal cultivation of new leads can stall a job search by 2-3 months due to the loss of momentum.
Just as in buying a house, the job search is not over until you sign on the dotted line. Until this happens, keep searching, networking, applying, and interviewing as there are always more than one house/job that could be a good fit for you.