If you are at this website, you are likely to be looking for information to help you land a new job. We all know the whole job search process can be frustrating and disheartening as well as exciting, and energising when things look to be going your way. By now you no doubt realise that looking for a new job is an emotional roller coaster.
When you are feeling energised, this will positively impact on; how you search for a role, your application process and how successful you are during an interview. When you are feeling disheartened however, this has the unfortunate opposite effect.
It is perfectly normal, the longer you look for a new role, to focus on the negatives of the job search process; for some searching on job boards can become scary after 10 minutes, speaking to recruiters can feel like ‘another waste of time’ and applying for jobs via job boards can seem ‘pointless’. I am not suggesting this is the case for you, but feelings like this impact on many job seekers at both a conscious and unconscious level, regardless of how senior we are or how much experience we have. Negative feelings affect all of us, at some point in our lives. It’s OK to feel like this because looking for a job is hard. Sometimes REALLY hard from an emotional and financial point of view. I always say when people dwell on the negatives, it’s OK to visit downhearted town, but don’t stay there! It is important not to dwell in negativity, no matter how enticing it can sometimes be to feel sorry for ourselves.
Our minds are powerful allies, but our negative thinking can work against us. When looking for a job, how we think is vital to our success. If you didn’t get a job you interviewed for, rather than being tough on yourself and thinking negatively, take responsibly for your thoughts and focus on what did go well, what you said right, what you learnt, approach every opportunity as a possibility. This is positive or above the line thinking. We are the masters of what we think, our thoughts don’t rule us, we rule them, so we may as well choose to think positively and manage our responses. It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we respond that makes the difference. I’m not saying this is easy, especially if you have been without a job for months and months, but if you are going to be thinking, you might as well practice thinking that helps you.
As an example, if you receive a rejection email, rather than thinking you are just not good enough or you’ll never get a job, flip it and think above the line – reframe the situation by thinking “that role wasn’t for me, the next one will be better suited” or “how could I tailor my resume in a different way next time”. Maybe think of alternative ways to source employment, be innovative. Network, find volunteer work, use LinkedIn and Twitter to demonstrate your value, or take the opportunity to work on your health, spend time with your family, learn a new craft or up date your skills. Thinking positively will allow you to see more helpful possibilities.
If you view this time in your life as difficult, flip it and see the challenge as a gift. It will give you an opportunity to learn more about yourself, how you react, how you deal with tough situations. It will give you the opportunity to work on your thinking. Employers want to hire positive, upbeat people, so work on controlling what you can, which is how you think and act.
Let me give you a real life example. A senior manager, who had been unemployed for 5 months, was rejected by a recruiter for a job he really wanted. Rather than become deflated or even annoyed, he became curious and learnt about the company, their competitors and the industry. Armed with this information, he then created a business plan for the company, making suggestions of the positive value he could add if given the role. He sent this to the recruiter, who still had no intention of putting him forward for the role but casually mentioned the business plan to the hiring company. The hiring manager suggested they interview the candidate given that he has put in so much effort. After three interviews the candidate successfully secured the job. The candidate knew he was great for the role and never stopped believing this all the way through the process. Finally he convinced the hiring organisation.
Thinking positively & acting proactively impacts what we feel we can achieve. The candidate above, despite rejections, kept thinking about possibilities and ideas which led to a successful result. Thinking above the line is choosing to think and behave in a way that empowers and helps us.
So if you start to feel negative, reframe the situation to think above the line. Focus on what you can do, then get into action to positively find your next role.
All the best in your career.
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