The Job Hunt

Why you should never ‘lower your standards’ on the job hunt

Corné van Straten
July 2020

“Should I lower my standards? Maybe getting into that company I love is too much of a long shot right now. Maybe I should just apply for any job that seems tolerable.”

It sounds like a reasonable thought at first glance.

But you’re forgetting one major thing: your genuine excitement is an invaluable asset.

By going for jobs that you’re not excited about, you’re not lowering your standards as much as you’re just lowering your level of excitement.

Faking enthusiasm to land a job you won’t even like.

That’s no way to live!

But more importantly: the lower your level of excitement for the jobs you’re going after, the more likely you are to show a mediocre version of yourself. And of course, a mediocre version of you is not more likely to get hired, so you’re not doing yourself any favors here.

The lower your level of excitement for the jobs you’re going after, the more likely you are to show a mediocre version of yourself. And a mediocre version of you is not more likely to get hired.

The version of you that is, in fact, most likely to get hired is the version that’s fully alive and engaged. A passionate, excited you, that’s eager to take the bull by the horns and to do what it takes to get the job done.

That’s what every employer wants to see!

So if anything, you should be raising your level of excitement! Because only for the jobs you’re genuinely passionate about will you be able to really go above and beyond.

Do the research, dive deep, really think about what it is you love about this company’s mission. Find the right people to reach out to, build something for them that’s too good to ignore, then pitch them on the fire you’ll bring if they hire you on.

That’s how you win a job!

So, don’t go bland.

Keep your head up, and hunt!

This post was originally published at cornevanstraten.com


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