Here’s Why Your Job Search Shouldn’t Be a Rush to the Finish Line

If you currently in the middle of a job search, you may be experiencing some angst and urgency. Even if you currently are employed, you may feel the same things.

Perhaps your new boss isn’t as nice as your prior boss, and therefore, you feel less secure about your future. Or, a recent acquisition has left you and the rest of your colleagues feeling disrupted and unsure about what’s next.

Whatever the reason, when driven by these feelings, you may lose sight of best practices for career management. In doing so, you rush ahead hoping the finish line will reveal itself if only you press hard and fast.

However, as most people find during the transition journey, speed is not your friend. If you move too quickly, you have not clarified where you want to go, and therefore, you may end up at the same place you started, or worse.

Following are three top ways rushing your job search can derail your results:

1. Your career portfolio is outdated. You’ve lined up the perfect interview through someone in your network. Because you have rushed the process, you don’t have an updated resume or LinkedIn profile, so you slap something together dripping with clichés describing you as a seasoned professional and fast-learner in rapid-paced environments.

Your unique value is nowhere to be found.

While this little document may seem insignificant initially, especially if a friend referred you, it may very well be the deciding factor for the senior manager or board member up the line reviewing your resume.

2. Your interview skills are rusty. When the “tell me about yourself” question arises, you enter into a 5-minute long diatribe that describes in detail your most recent projects, but fail to connect the dots as to why that experience has relevance to their needs. Make sure to research potential interview questions beforehand on Glassdoor and practice your answers.

3. You aren’t emotionally prepared for the change. By rushing into the process, you haven’t taken the time to be introspective and smooth out your thoughts and feelings. By going through a process of preparation, including articulating your goals as they look today (versus five years ago), and ferreting out the threads of your achievements, you refine your thoughts. Doing so will point you and your career conversations in the right direction.