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By Kibet Tobias
Have you been applying for several jobs without any success?
The whole process can feel discouraging and disappointing. In the beginning, you only needed a dream job. But you now feel so frustrated that your search has lost focus. This has pushed you to a point where you are willing to take any job that comes your way.
You are not alone, I have been there too. After being jobless for two years, I was almost giving up my journalism career. I started applying for any job advert that I saw online.
I had started telling my friends that “any job will do”. I just wanted to work.
Telling people you are willing to take any job is doing you no favors.  Here’s why you should stop…
1. No employer will hire you
When you are willing to take any job, it simply means you are looking for any job to earn money. You don’t care whether you are qualified which in most cases, you are not.
However, you have to understand that most employers are looking for candidates who will fit in well at the company.
Yes, applying to that job will show them how much you want to work there. But they want a specialist (not generalist) for that role. Chances are you won’t get a call back after your application.
This is why; professional CV writers advise you to tailor your CV and cover letter to perfectly match the job you want to apply for.
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2. People will not be able to Help You
According to Muthoni Ndegwa, recruitment manager at Corporate Staffing Services, networking is one of the simplest ways to get a job instantly.
Your contacts can help you get a job if you use them well. And it is important that when you are looking for a job, you inform your networks about it. But telling them you will take any job is not a good idea at all.
Your contacts are willing to help you if they know what you are looking for. You only need to make their work easier by narrowing your search. Willingness to take any job shows you don’t know exactly what you want in your career.
For instance, if you are an IT professional you can say this “I’m really interested in an IT role at a bank.”
Know your values and what you are good at to help you find out the kind of job you are looking for.
3. It turns recruiters off
Using this phrase “I’ll take any job,” in your cover letter and in the interview will make you look like you’re begging. There’s nothing wrong with it but you don’t want to be a desperate job seeker.
Most job candidates think that is being enthusiastic and eager, but it is a huge turn off.
In a job interview, recruiters want you to demonstrate that you can do the job, not just any job. If you mention that, then you are telling them not to believe in your skills.
If you have been using this vocabulary ‘I’ll take any job’ in your job search, it is not yet too late to avoid it. These are just but a few reasons why it has lost you opportunities. Learn to be confident in your skills and show employers you know what you want in your career.
Tobias is a Communication Assistant at Career Point Kenya. Email
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