When it fits, you will know it. I think about job opportunities much like I think about clothing. And the analogy is helpful when multiple interviews are not resulting in you finding your next position. It’s not about whether you are talented or not, knowledgeable or not, or even personable enough or not. Most often, it’s just the position is not a good fit.
Often, when shopping for clothes, you may need to try on several items to find one that fits. And I mean really fits perfectly. And is also one that you like.
Think about body types. No two are identical and there is a broad range of different bodies out there. Not just weight, or height but shape; bigger on top than bottom or the other way around; shorter or longer arms, torso’s and legs; muscular or lean.
Employment situations have multiple variables as well, specific needed skills, industry knowledge, existing staff configuration, personality fit, corporate culture fit, geography and so forth.
When you are interviewing, you are “trying on” potential opportunities to gauge fit; the role, company, location, salary, and future manager.
I often see people begin to get frustrated when their interviews don’t result in offers.
Look, it’s wonderful when the first thing you try on fits wonderfully. But that is not the way it “should be”, it was just a fortunate first experience. More often than not, landing a position requires trying on multiple selections before finding the perfect one.
People commonly think they have failed if they don’t get an offer, when most often it is the case that it simply was not the right fit. Not an appropriate match.
Move on to the next one. You know when you put on “those shoes” and can’t help but say, “Ahhh!” It’s the same when you land in a similar job situation.
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