Don’t rule yourself out.

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One of the biggest pieces of advice I have for those making a career transition?  Don’t rule anything out until you have a job offer.  What do I mean?

Say you’re interviewing for a few different jobs, and based on things like salary, location, or position, you’ve decided you like one more than the others.  You focus all of your energy on that interview, and spend little time preparing for the others.

Can you see why that’s the wrong way of thinking?  Look, salary, location, and position are three VERY important things to consider in a job, especially when you’re thinking of uprooting your family or considering your happiness and financial well-being.  But those are important things to consider when weighing job offers.  An interview isn’t an offer, so when you don’t prepare well enough for positions you may be less interested in, you’re not presenting your ‘best self’ to that potential employer.  In this economy, you can’t afford to appear disinterested when hundreds of people are competing for that same position.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?  Go into every interview like it is your #1 choice.  Even if there are some things about it that are less desirable, you’re looking to be employed.  By focusing on every interview, you increase the likelihood of multiple job offers… and THAT is when you get to really scrutinize and choose what you want.

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