The Job Search: A Covert Operation

So you’ve landed the interview – great job! You go into the interview prepared, get great feedback from the people you interview with, and are feeling like you’ve got this deal signed and delivered. So, naturally, the first thing you want to do is tell the world whose checks you will soon be cashing.

Let’s take two steps back here and consider a couple things. First off, you don’t have the job until you get a formal offer; a title and job description, salary, and start date. So as long as those things have not been delivered, you don’t have a job. Translation: You’re probably not the only candidate they will have discussions with.

Which brings me to my second point: If the company you just interviewed with is still talking to other people, why do you want to advertise that to the entire world? People in your immediate circle – whether they be friends, golf buddies, or people you are connected on Facebook with – may also be looking for a job like the one you want. And if they know the company you just talked to will hire, your odds of getting the job just got wider.

When going through the job search and interview process, think of it as a secret mission. The information you are guarding is who you’re talking to, what you’re talking to them about, and the timeline they’ve got you on. By keeping this information close, you have more control over the hiring process, and are able to better secure your odds as being the chosen candidate when its time to make a decision to hire.

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Jeremy Worthington provides a life-long association with job search tools and strategies complemented with a Bachelors in Human Resources, Associates in Business Management and practical experience in corporate and government arenas. This background has contributed to the success of a nationally recognized and greatly respected career coaching firm. Employing his talents for capturing reader attention and commitment to a candidate’s competitive edge has facilitated numerous interviewing and hiring opportunities in all backgrounds and levels throughout numerous industries. Understanding and capitalizing on previous, current and future job markets provides him with the insight needed to guide candidates through résumé preparation, strategic allocation, and performance interviews.

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