A few months ago I wrote about the idea of going “All In” during one’s career search. The concept is to focus one’s time, energy, and career search efforts on a specific industry/type of role. This idea helps individuals conduct a career search at a depth that is often not attainable when one is applying for every job on a job board. By going “All In”, one can focus resumes to highlight skills that are applicable for a specific role, network with professionals in the specific industry, and research a target field to be knowledgeable of emerging trends.
It should be noted that one should not go “All In” on a specific job. What I mean by this is to focus all one’s time, energy, and hope for one position. This phenomenon typically occurs when an applicant has made it to the final rounds of an interview process and stops applying for other jobs, fails to stay in contact with networking relationships, and does not follow-up on active applications. She pins all hope on securing the position where she is a finalist.
And as it happens, the applicant preps for the interview for a few days/week, interviews, waits another 1-2 weeks for a response only to hear bad news. The company informs her that she is no longer being considered for the position, or has decided to go with another candidate, or to take the search in a different direction…whatever the reason may be, the applicant did not get the job. For three weeks, the applicant pinned her hopes on this position and let all her job search momentum dissipate.
The difficult tasks of not only picking oneself up after hearing the news but restarting networking relationships and applications has to occur. Losing momentum is a serious issue: having to re-establish relationships you have let go dormant, starting from square one with applications, missing out on solid leads…it just takes a lot of work to get the momentum back. Go “All In” on your career search but not for any one job because with all career searches, as Richard Marx crooned in his 1987 hit,
Don’t mean nothin’ till you sign it on that dotted line.