For many job seekers, the job search process can be quite an emotional trial. After all, you have to get out of your comfort zone while facing the possibility of repeated rejection… not the best feeling in the world.
Then there are the highs and lows of job searching. One day you’re feeling hopeful and excited about an opportunity. Three days later you’re feeling like crap.
And I haven’t even started on the actual work required for an effective job search: the hours you put toward networking, the uncomfortable asking for help, clarifying what type of job you’re looking for, preparing your job search materials and so much more.
At least one of these activities probably falls into that “not my favorite thing in the world” category. Yet job searching is a necessary process that we have to endure en route to our goal of a better job.
Here are five mindsets to help job seekers master the dreaded job search process:
- Every step I take moves me closer to the result I want.
- I’m learning! My actions are benefiting me, whether they lead to an immediate job offer or not.
- This process will not go on forever.
- There are many reasons why I may not hear back from a connection or a job application that have nothing to do with me or my qualifications.
- It’s possible to find a better job.
Job searching is not the most fun activity in the world, but you are strong enough to get through it. Keep your eyes on the reasons why you’re looking for a new job and use these mindsets to help you through the tough patches.
Now, Here’s My Challenge to You:
Leave a comment below giving an example of how these perspectives could be true for you. For example:
- Did an interview that didn’t go so well make you better prepared for a different interview?
- Can you think of a friend or relative who found a better job?
- What other mindsets, other than those discussed here, have helped you survive the dreaded job search process?
We’d love to hear, and learn from, what works for you!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Alison Elissa Coaching!
Alison Elissa Cardy is a career coach who specializes in helping men and women around the world figure out their career direction. She trained with Martha Beck, Havard PhD and columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine. Alison’s career advice has been featured on Brazen Life, Forbes, Learnvest, and Monster. Visit www.alisonelissa.com to learn more and to receive your complimentary copy of “The Career Unstuckinator”. Follow Alison on Twitter!