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Prapti Desai

Prapti Desai is a recent graduate with a master’s degree in molecular medicine.

Facing a job interview is the biggest nightmare for most of us, but even getting to the interview point can be equally challenging. Until recently, I always thought the job search was a task; instead, it is a process—a process of learning and personal growth. Yes, personal growth! In this time of ever increasing competition and economic rebuilding, each unanswered job application demands more and more patience, motivation, and belief in your own abilities. Being a recent graduate with a master’s degree in molecular medicine, I started my job search as aggressively as expected with quality time spent on making a to-the-point résumé (with all the key words and phrases) and cover letter. Soon the job applications were followed by some “no” responses and some with no response at all.

This led me to further understand the process—read blogs, research, and most importantly, network. When so many others, including the already-employed, are looking for growth and that dream job, it’s very easy to get lost in the crowd. Having your résumé stand apart from the crowd and be available to the employer means as much as, if not more than, your skills and knowledge. Blogging, exchanging ideas through forums, and implementing productive collaboration are some of the key tools that employers use to connect with widespread talent; hence, they are the tools you need to use to discover the right opportunity.

Also, in this decentralized electronic world, being loyal to a limited number of job boards can severely restrict your chances of finding your best opportunity. Interestingly enough, local job boards are as equally informative as the popular ones, which appear to only account for a small percentage of the total openings. Additionally, getting involved with local organizations and recruiting agencies can increase your chances to get in touch with a potential employer.

My job search process is ever evolving, and given the uniqueness of each application, there seems to be no end to learning in the process. Each new job application package that I prepare is a refined version of my previous one, taking me a step closer to that perfect application package and ultimately that perfect job.

What are your experiences in the job search process within the field?