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By Perminus Wainaina

Lillian interviewed for a job that she really wanted. For her, it was the perfect role at her dream company. She worked hard to prepare for the interview and even though she was nervous on the day of the interview, she felt ready.

“I was at ease with the interviewers and felt we developed a strong rapport. I left the office sure I’d made a good impression–only to find out a few days later that they hired someone else,” she says.

She was devastated and disappointed.

This was a critical lesson for her.

When looking for a new job opportunity, you want to believe that you will be presented with many options from which to choose. The hard reality, however, is that there is so much outside of your control in a job search from what openings are out there, to who else is in the running, to whether your interviewer is having a bad day.

This may frustrate you, especially when you are not getting any feedback from a potential employer. However, a much better way to spend your time and energy is to focus on the parts that are within your control and not what is out of your control.

What does no one tell you about job searching?

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