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Why You Should Keep Your Job Search Pipeline Full

Trans Alaska Oil PipelineSo you’ve targeted a company, landed an interview, done your research, and think the interview went well.  You’re excited!  This is “the one!!”

It’s natural at this point to breathe a sigh of relief and want to take a day off.  Maybe two.  Don’t do it!  No matter how well the interview went, or how much you desire to work for that company, you should keep applying to other positions to keep your “pipeline” full.

Why?  That plum opportunity may not turn into an offer.  Or it may not turn into an acceptable offer.  If you let your pipeline go dry while you wait, and bad news comes, you could set your job search back by weeks.  Not good, right?

bigstockphoto_mail_box_with_letters_2482928If you keep it full, the worst case is that you’ll receive multiple job offers.  Oh wait – isn’t that the best case?  And before you write in saying “No one gets multiple job offers in this economy,” let me tell you that is precisely what happened to two friends of mine during their job searches this year.

As of this writing I am awaiting news on the results of interviews with three different companies, the oldest dating back to the first half of September.  What am I doing while I wait?  I am continuing to network and apply to other companies.  In fact, I have an interview with a fourth company this coming Tuesday.

I’ve also attended the Career Navigator job search “boot camp” to brush up on my job search skills.  And I’ve been giving presentations on social media and job search to keep my presentation skills up, blogging to keep my writing skills up… you get the idea.

It’s easy to drop your guard during your job search when you have landed one or more interviews.  Don’t do it – keep your pipeline full.

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