In this article, we address the dangers of “cherry picking” roles to apply to. When you feel that you ran out of companies to apply to, you need to ask yourself:
- Where are these companies located?
- Are these companies located inside of your local area (i.e. New York), outside of your local area (in which case this is a city you contemplate moving to), or both?”
What you are probably doing right now is called “cherry picking” the roles you are applying, and there are a few reasons why this is dangerous towards your job search.
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- There is no guarantee you will receive an interview regardless of how much time, energy, and effort you spent customizing your resume and/or conducting research to specifically target this company.
- How do you know if you will like or not like this company?
- Secure the Interview with the Company FIRST; then Decide if You Want to Interview with them LATER.
- Improve Your Interview Game, Confidence, and Momentum
1. There is no guarantee you will receive an interview regardless of how much time, energy, and effort you spent customizing your resume and/or conducting research to specifically target this company.
In the time that you spend cherry picking for roles, you could just be applying to them if you had a good resume built for the mass market. There is no guarantee that they will call you back, no matter how awesome your resume looks, as 80% of the roles posted on job boards are not urgent to hire. This means that you are probably spending a large amount of time customizing your resume to perfection and doing all that research for little to no results.
You have to keep up your numbers. It can take up to two weeks before you start hearing back from companies. If you have already been applying for jobs, then you know that these companies can take a long time before they can get back to you. You just have to keep applying while you are waiting for their responses.
2. How do you know if you will like or not like this company?
Regardless of the company, you are considering applying to, how do you know if you will like or not like this company? In every company, there will be people that either love or hate their current work environment.
Many of our coaching clients go to companies they had previously never even heard of, but they love working there now. People can change their attitudes about their companies very quickly once they start working there. They could realize that they are in love with the product, people, and culture. The contrary also applies too – they could be disappointed with their new job as it just did not meet expectations.
The point is that you really do not know if you are going to like this company or not. How are you deciding whether or not you would want to work at this company?
- Are you reviewing their website?
- Are you reviewing the news you find on them from Google?
- Are you asking people you know that are currently working at this company right now or have worked at this company in the past?
- Are you stalking what kind of people work at this company by visiting their company LinkedIn Page?
- Are you scanning this company’s reviews on Glassdoor?
Just like there is more to you as a professional and a person than how your Resume, LinkedIn, and/or Cover Letter looks, there is more to a company than what you will find on the Internet.
Apply for every position, go after every open role, and maximize the opportunities you expose yourself to. The alternative is to limit the opportunities you can receive in life and corner yourself into a box. Who would want that?
3. Secure the Interview with the Company FIRST; then Decide if You Want to Interview with them LATER.
You have to apply to everything. It is not your choice whether or not you want to interview with them; the company decides whether to interview you first. Only until they contact you are you given the choice to accept or refuse an interview with them. You are going to be driving yourself crazy if you attempt to control something you obviously have no control over.
4. Improve Your Interview Game, Confidence, and Momentum
Focus on the process and treat every interview as an opportunity to improve your interview game. Interviewing for a Product Manager job and doing the job has nothing to do with each other. They are two separate skills. This is why we coach working Product Managers as well as aspiring Product Managers at Product Gym. Interviewing for a Product Manager role is about convincing the people that are hiring for the role that you are the best person to lead this team; not that you can do the job.
You can be a phenomenal rockstar, hands down one of the best Product Managers ever, and still not land this job because you are not the RIGHT person to lead THIS team. You want to bring your A game when you ARE interviewing for a company that you are really excited about. This is why you have to keep interviewing. Mock interviews can be fun, but they do not replicate the same stress you experience at a real Product Manager interview.
Get out there and kill those nerves. You want to show your best at the interview so the company of your dreams will call you back.
It is basically a step-by-step playbook on how to generate an extra 5 interviews per week. It has worked for our coaching clients here at Product Gym and we recommend anybody that is serious about landing a Product Manager job in a short amount of time to read it too.