by Adeola Oke
The only way you can be certain that something was absolutely not meant to be is if you give it your 101% the first time you get a chance.
Job applications or applications to any opportunity can be a handful, especially when interviews are a part of the process. Like any other job seeker, I have experienced completing numerous applications, some leading to interviews and receiving rejections. However, within the rejections, I have gained valuable lessons that I have applied to secure a few opportunities successfully.
For instance, while preparing to interview with an organization I applied to, I researched the organization to be informed about its mission, projects, teams, audience, and more. The day for the virtual interview came, and I answered all the questions well within the provided time. However, throughout the interview, I didn't enable my video intentionally because I didn't feel the need to since the interviewer didn't do the same.
Likewise, when reflecting on what made me miss a leadership training I applied for some time last year, what was most obvious was my resume. For that application, we were instructed to include our volunteer experiences and its relationship with any of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, because I was lazy and pridefully, I thought my resume was good for whatever I applied to. So, I submitted an unrevised resume full of content writing experiences and with little to no details about my volunteering or leadership experiences. While it can be tasking, if you actually want an opportunity, you have to sell yourself in alignment with the organization’s needs to increase your chances.
Recently, when I saw a scholarship opportunity to take Geneza's Introduction to UI course, I knew I wanted it. The instruction was to write why you need to take the course in the comment section. I applied this 101% approach with the insights I gained on how to fill forms, aligning my experience with the organization’s needs. I added that I plan to impact others after learning and becoming an expert, like when I was trained to use Canva. Of course, I got the scholarship.
You lose 100% of the shots you don’t take, and the only way you can be certain that something was absolutely not meant to be is if you give it your 101% the first time you get a chance. Imole Consulting has just launched an Employment Guide to help job seekers be more strategic in accomplishing their goals and give a 101% to their job hunting. You can access it for free.
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