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Monday, April 23, 2012

Great Job Opportunity? Don't Let Fear and Self-Doubt Stop You from Applying

'People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.'   Eleanor Roosevelt

Why Waste Your Time?

Sure, you'd like that job. But you viewed the job posting and you're sure there's an insider who's already a shoo-in. Why waste your time targeting your resume and cover letter when you won't get an interview? Don't. Send a speed application instead. Here's a look at what speed applications are and why you should send one when you believe it's not worth the effort.

'Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.'  Ambrose Redmoon

Speed Applications

A speed application is a process that takes less than an hour to complete. You shut off your I-won't-get-an-interview thinking and apply. Use your good-to-go resume or LinkedIn profile, and take a couple of attention-grabbing phrases from the job posting that best describe you for your cover letter and submit it.

Why bother sending an application when you know it won't do any good? Isn't it a waste of time? No. Think of it as an investment in your self-confidence and ability to take action despite perceived obstacles.

When you apply when you really believe it’s a waste of time:

·         You step over belief barriers. You may be right or wrong about your chances of getting an interview. But recognize your failure to apply for the job is due to your beliefs, not facts. When you apply anyway, you step past your belief barriers to let the truth emerge.

·         You stay in an action mode. If the worst that can happen is you don't get the job, submit a speed application. The more you experience yourself stepping over belief barriers and taking action, the more confidence you'll develop in your abilities.

Practice submitting one speed application a week

'To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.'  Anatole France

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Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Sue, I'm sure this timely post will help lots of people. So many are discouraged right now, and this post might just result in jobs. "Think of it as an investment in your self-confidence and ability to take action despite perceived obstacles" is a most inspiring thought.

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Jean-- this is an issue close to my heart. I think we all should be doing everything we can to boost people up and encourage the long-term unemployed and new graduates to stay in the game. It is a drooping self-confidence that stops people from following through pursuing jobs.