Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Final Word on Job Search Distractions

I have written about distractions from your job search over the past couple of days.  Today, I'm writing about it one last time.  There are people out there who are probably wondering why this is a big deal.  If they can multi-task well, the reasoning goes, there should be no reason they can't do other things while looking for nonprofit work.  I'm sure there are some people who can do this successfully.  I would still argue, however, that you can't have your attention divided. 

Being able to multi-task is a great skill to have; it's a skill that will serve you well when you get that nonprofit job.  But to me, being able to multi-task just means being able to do two things at once.  That doesn't necessarily mean you can do them all at 100%.  And with employment being such a huge part of anybody's life, operating at less than 100% when filling out an application just won't cut it.  Mistakes are made even when something has our undivided attention.  Just imagine how many errors you could make if you are distracted. 

Distractions are a part of life.  Even if we are able to avoid the distractions we can control, there will always be things that will steal our attention.  That is why it is so important to avoid the ones we can control, even if you think you can work just fine with distractions.  If that means having to leave your house and do your job search at a library, so be it.  You really have to do anything you can to make sure you are as focused as you possibly can be.

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