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career corner
It’s pretty common knowledge that
searching for a job can be stressful.
There’s the waiting, the nerves, and
the frustration that can come from
rejection. Like trying to find your
perfect match, the job hunt requires
liberal doses of patience and humility.
“I’ve always thought that the process
was similar to courting a relationship,”
said Trey Lewis, director of the Career
Development Center at IU Southeast.
“You need to have that patience.”
But if you know what you’re doing and
where you’re headed, you can make it
through the search without frustration.
You’ve submitted your application.
What now? The answer seems easy –
Lewis suggests keeping your options
open by applying to more than one job
at a time.
“It’s easy to be patient when you have
more than one iron in the fire,” he
said. “It helps manage the nerves
when there’s more than one option out
Make sure to read job postings
carefully. Most postings will explain
how long the application process will
take – a two-week review period is
standard. If the job posting doesn’t list
a firm deadline for applying, Lewis
suggests sticking with the two-week
window. If you haven’t heard something
by then, call the contact listed on the
posting to discover where the process
Also, keep in contact with the
references you listed on the application.
That way, they can keep you in the loop
if they’ve heard from your potential
Once you get the
interview, you
could be up for
another period
of waiting
before you find
out if the job
is yours. Make
sure your last
question during
the interview
is about the
hiring timeline.
are completely
prepared for
that question,” Lewis said. “Arm
yourself with that knowledge so you’re
not pulling your hair out while you’re
After the interview, that two-week
standard comes back into play. If
you haven’t heard from a potential
employer during that period, contact
the interviewer, thank them for the
interview experience, and check on the
status of the position.
Sometimes a job search doesn’t exactly
go your way. Maybe you didn’t get the
interview or the offer. To help “no” from
becoming a trend, first examine where
the turndowns are starting. If you aren’t
getting called in for an interview, there
could be something wrong with your
resume. If you’re getting the interviews
but not the offers, it may be time to
examine your interviewing skills.
“There’s nothing wrong with humbly
asking for feedback,” Lewis said.
The key, Lewis explains, is actually
being humble.
“The phrase to start with is ‘Thank
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you’,” he said. “Thank them for the
consideration, and then explain that
you’re constantly trying to improve
and ask if there’s anything you can do
There may be some employers who
will you tell you that there was simply
a stronger candidate, but many will be
able to offer critiques that can help on
your next interview.
And while it’s frustrating to hear that
you didn’t get the job, keep in mind that
sometimes it just may not be the right
fit. The nature of job searches is very
subjective, Lewis explained.
“People tend to hire folks they like and
who they get along with,” he said. “It’s
extremely important to build rapport.”
Lewis and the Career Development
staff are available to help current IU
Southeast students and alumni prepare
for a job search by providing advice
on interviews, resumes, and other
questions. To schedule a consultation,