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It is wonderful to look back at your job search experience and see what you have learned. Almost everyone who works searches for a job at one point or another. Employees move from company to company for a variety of reasons. Entrepreneurs look for clients and business opportunities, in other words they go on a job search. Freelancers look for a new assignment as soon as one is completed. In other words, they go on a job search. No matter where you fit in on the job search spectrum, it is important to take time on a regular basis to reflect and discover what it is you have learned while on the job search.
No matter what the role of the person on the job search is, they all learn. Some of the things to be learned are the same no matter who is looking for the job. These things include:
• Status of work in the industry
• Number of applicants for each type of work
• Geographic area where the type of work desired can be found
• Skills required to be successful at the type of work desired
• Job seeker’s level of tolerance for risk and uncertainty
• Traffic patterns in the area where the work will be done
It is important to pay attention to many things while doing a job search. There are many balls that must be juggled at the same time if the job search is going to be successful. At the same time, it is important to pay attention to the things being taught, to take advantage of lessons learned. When one looks at the job search as an opportunity to learn instead of just a task that must be completed, the character of the job search changes.
When one looks at the job search as an opportunity to learn there is no failure. One may still get turned down for an opportunity or lose a job to another applicant, but if one uses it as a teachable moment it is a good thing. After each step in the job search process, take time to look at what you have done, make a list of what you have learned. Use that list to help you make better and more informed choices about the job search in the future. It is not true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Instead, it is true that you can learn new things every day if you try.
In conclusion, it is wonderful to look back at your job search experience and see what you have learned. So, the question for you this wonderful day is what have you learned while searching for a job?