Are you the type of person who is constantly going back and forth when trying to make a decision? Especially when it comes to spending money or making long term choices? Do you second guess decisions or purchases after you’ve made them? I am here to tell you the flip-flopper affliction is not going to get better on its own and it can be very self-defeating in your job search.
The job search is all about making decisions. Big decisions that will affect every aspect of your future. How much money you’ll make, who you’ll spend most of your time with, and how satisfied you’ll be in life in general. The key is that its the little choices you make now that will ultimately affect those larger decisions. Which companies should you apply to? What training should you take? Where should you spend your time networking?
If you can’t seem to nail any of these down, take a look in the mirror and a look down the road. Who are you? What is important to you? What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? If you can’t answer these questions, then your job search is likely to be all over the place. Which leads you down a path of trial-and-error vs go-out-and-get career path.
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I don’t want to imply there is anything wrong with you, indecision is common but it can also hinder your job search in ways you may not be aware of. Employers want to hire people who can work unsupervised, make sound decisions, and be confident representatives for the business. If you’re the kind of person who says “I don’t know”, “I’m not sure”, “...but what if” all the time, it may be a reason you’re never on the #1 pick list. Not being sure if you’re applying to the right jobs can show in the misalignment of your resume to the job descriptions, lowering your chances of selection before you ever hit submit.
Making resolute decisions is a skill, one that will serve you well in your life and career. It is also one that can be honed. If you struggle with this, make it a point to learn to get better at it today (make that decision!) Ultimately, you can take control of your destiny or let the universe bounce you around like a pinball.