As a jobseeker you’ve probably scoured
job listings for a perfect fit before
pursuing a position;
it seems that if the description isn’t
right then there’s
no point in applying for the job.
But many job descriptions are
incomplete, inaccurate, and even
unrepresentative of the real nature
of the day-to-day work in the role.
That’s why one of the most important
in designing your career is to pursue
offers, not jobs.
If you rule out a whole organization or
industry, or think a position is a bad
fit based solely on a job description,
you’re actually rejecting something
that you know very little about.
If you’ve ever considered a job posting or
organization and thought, "No, I don’t
want to work there."
then you’re a job
seeker, not an offer seeker.
But you could instead ask yourself:
"What interesting opportunities might
this organization or role be able to offer?"
We call this looking for
Looking for latent wonderfulness means
moving beyond first impressions and
And it means being an offer-seeker -
exploring opportunities, getting into
the conversation, and pursuing many job
offers - rather than sitting back and
waiting to apply for the perfect job.
Looking for offers rather than jobs
requires having an open mind.
You’re genuinely curious about
the possibility of each role and
organization rather than the
preconception of what it might be.
You don’t need to feel anxious or
conflicted about whether or not you
want the job - you’re just exploring
and looking for potentially wonderful
This reframe affects everything from
informational interviewing to elevator
conversations to writing resumes and
Your curious pursuit of latent
wonderfulness can help you enter
important conversations that may reveal
great opportunities that are otherwise
invisible from the outside.
Instead of looking for one perfect job
to apply for,
seek many job offers
with a curious and open mind.
If you’re curious about a role or
organization, it’s worth exploring and
And your genuine interest and curiosity
also make you an attractive candidate.
When job offers arrive, you’ll
have the information you need to
make an informed decision, and can
negotiate from a position of genuine