I hear this all the time: “Why would I apply? Companies are only looking for someone who has experience. Why would they look at me when they are asking for someone with experience?” You may have had similar thoughts, or you may have thought, “There are others applying for the position, why would they hire me?” The key with these thoughts, and many more just like them, is the word: WHY.
Let’s take the questions a bit further. Why are you looking for a job? What is the reason and purpose behind your search for employment? Why do you want a job? Having a clear understanding of your true motivation can give you the drive you need to be persistent, proactive, and expansive in your job search.
Even if a company has written that experience required, you still want to apply for the position. Why? Because that job listing is their ideal candidate. In the modern world of medical coding there is a shortage of well-trained professionals, and even if a company says they’re looking for someone with experience it doesn’t mean that anyone with experience is applying.
The most successful Career Step graduates take this a step further and are applying for multiple positions—not just a few here and there. Those who are afraid to apply, those who are asking why and using it as an excuse not to apply, typically struggle to find employment.
How many applications do you need to fill out before you are hired? It really depends on finding the right company. We had one graduate report back to us that they had applied to over 60 companies before finally finding employment. Another graduate applied to many companies and had 4 job offers—her determination resulted in the opportunity to choose the position that was the best fit for her. The key is to apply to as many companies as you can until you are hired.
Amelia Earhart has said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity!” You have to be persistent and hold strong throughout your job search. It is hard to get rejected. None of us want to be rejected. Rejection makes it easy to get frustrated and want to give up on applying. However, the key is to keep your chin up. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Your persistence will pay off if you keep at it.
So remember, you don’t know how many other people are applying for that position or what qualifications they have. Why not apply? Why not take the shot to be the one they hire?
There is an excellent anonymous quote to end with, “You will get there when you are meant to get there and not one moment sooner…so relax, breathe, and be patient.”