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Most Job Applicants Are Focused On The Wrong Thing




Unemployment rates are sitting at record-lows in both Canada and the United States. But for you, a university student or recent graduate looking for work, it does not mean it gets easier. With the supply and demand imbalance in entry-level jobs, it remains extremely hard to land a job, not to mention one that you love.


Even worse, most entry-level job applicants are focused on the wrong thing.

What do I mean by that?


Instead of focusing on what will get them a job first, they often prioritize things that (they think) will help them do well at a job.


As a job applicant, your number one goal is to get a job, not to do well at a job.


Let me repeat: as a job applicant, your number one goal is to get a job, not to do well at a job.

It’s equivalent to you are hungry and want to have some fried rice, but instead of buying some rice first, you are spending all day researching fried rice recipes.


Don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting you to not excel at work. It is definitely helpful to improve skills related to your future job. But that is based on the (often wrong) assumption that you will be getting the job.