Step Six to a Better Job: Applying for Jobs

5621810815_185b86a50d_zJob application tools have dramatically changed since I last applied for a job, so the method you use to take care of this step is all yours. I do suggest you apply for all the jobs you identified in Step 3 and 4 that you are still interested in pursuing. Choice is always a good thing.

That said, you might want to ease into the number of jobs you apply for to start with so you can learn what works and what doesn’t from the process itself and then make modifications if necessary. You might save the jobs you want most until after you’ve practiced with a couple of other jobs. The risk in doing this, of course, is that you’ll be offered one of those first jobs before you apply for the jobs you want most.

There are some critical things to remember when applying for a job that is independent of the tool you use to manage the task.

  1. Be honest. Honesty is critical to abundance and this is also true when applying for a job. With honesty as the core, market yourself creatively. Make certain your achievements and aspirations are presented in the most positive way.
  2. Be meticulous in the application. Assemble all the information you need before you start—education, prior jobs, etc—and have that list with you at all times.
  3. Make certain the finished application form represents you in the best possible way. You only need to provide information that is relevant to the job you’re applying for. If you’ve had jobs that have no relevance to the work you’re seeking, or were so long ago they are no longer important, don’t include them. That said, if you had a job that is relevant to the work you’re applying for, but it didn’t turn out so well, you might want to include it if by eliminating it you’ll create a gap that could create questions. I seemed to have learned the most from those jobs that were my least successful, so think about including them.
  4. Use spell and grammar check. Treat the application as if you already have the job and this is your first requirement. The application, like everything we do, represents us.
  5. Be responsive to any questions or interview offers. Sorry to add this one since I have every confidence that you will definitely do this—but it is a step.

My suggestions are superficial at best so research the application, interview, job offer processes as thoroughly as possible before you start. There are lots of books out there. Learn as much as you can.

Information is good and the more you know, the more mindful you are in creating your own process, the closer you are to the job you want—the one that will lead you to joy, peace, and abundance.

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About Liz Stauffer

Liz Morningstar Stauffer’s improbable journey—from a divorced mother of two at the age of 34 to a millionaire some 15 years later—has inspired her to create the blog “The Improbable Millionaire," offering tips, advice, stories and support for people on a similar journey—even if they don’t know it yet!

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