Putting in a resume or application for something you want can seem daunting. In fact, we’re doing a webinar about improving your applications next week where I’ll offer some do’s and don’ts. The most important do is simple: do it!
It seems obvious, but the number of people I speak with who are thinking about applying for something is staggering. We humans tend to let ourselves off the hook for following through if we feel like we’re at least mentally entertaining action. Don’t get caught in the ‘thinking about it’ trap.
Yes, some deliberation can be good. Yes, you want to be thoughtful and turn in a strong application, whether for a job or a program like Praxis. Still, when it’s free, as most applications are, you don’t need to answer every potential question and imagine every scenario before throwing your hat in the ring. When it’s competitive and time-sensitive, as most are, all the more reason to get in an application. If you have questions or doubts thereafter, no problem. At least now you have standing as an applicant to ask them. And, of course, you can always walk away. But you can’t turn down offers you don’t get!
Don’t only submit your name for opportunities you believe are the one thing. Even the process of applying for various opportunities can be educational. Take it seriously, put the most effort into the things you want most, but don’t sit by and wait to take a shot.