Eras of Job Searching 

Job searching is a journey with highs and lows, and some distinct eras. Much like the eras of Taylor Swift’s albums, each phase brings a unique set of qualities that can contribute to your growth. Wherever you are in your job hunt, see if you can relate to these eras of job searching as they correlate to Taylor Swift song lyrics.  

“You take my hand and drag me headfirst, fearless.” — Fearless  

Starting a new job search can be an exciting time. You’re jumping headfirst into a world of opportunity, ready to put your best foot forward. You’re applying to roles that look perfect with confidence, enthusiasm, and high hopes.  

“But I keep cruisin’. 
Can’t stop, won’t stop groovin’. 
It’s like I got this music in my mind, 
Sayin’ it’s gonna be alright.” — Shake It Off 

After the initial excitement of submitting job applications, you might start receiving rejections. That’s a normal part of the process and shouldn’t deter you from working toward your goals. If you start to feel discouraged, shake off the negativity and reflect on your strengths. Learn from your weaknesses and keep moving forward knowing that it will all work out.  

“I wanna be your endgame. 
I wanna be your first string. 
I wanna be your A-Team.” End Game 

Nothing beats getting an amazing offer, but landing an interview is an encouraging step. Now is your time to tell the companies you’re interviewing with how much you’d love to be a star employee for them. Boast your talent, skills, and capabilities, and present yourself as the best candidate for the job.  

“Pushed from the precipice, climbed right back up the cliff. 
Long story short, I survived.” — Long Story Short 

Even if you put your best foot forward and believe that you’re the best candidate for a job, you might still wind up disappointed. It happens, and it’s not a reflection on you as a person or as an employee. It may feel like you were close to getting a job offer just to get sent back to square one. As discouraging as this is, pick yourself up and try again.  

“Best believe I’m still bejeweled. 
When I walk in the room, I can still make the whole place shimmer.” Bejeweled 

In the final era of your job search, you’ve made it! You landed an incredible new job and now you’re ready to shine. Your hard work has paid off. Enjoy the next era of showing off your skills, getting to know your co-workers, and appreciating the journey that brought you here.  

Which job searching era are you experiencing? Let us know in the comments! If Express Employment Professionals can help ease the burden of searching for your next job, visit the location nearest you

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