The job searching process can pack quite an emotional wallop.
After all, it requires you to put yourself out there and face the possibility of rejection, which isn’t the most comfortable 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 gotten started on the actual work of job searching, the hours you put toward networking, asking for help, clarifying what type of job you’re looking for, and preparing your job search materials.
At least one of these activities probably falls in 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 those of you who are currently in the midst of the dreaded job search process.
Mindset #1 – Every step I take moves me closer to the result I want.
Mindset #2 – My actions are benefitting me, whether they lead to an immediate job offer or not.
Mindset #3 – This process will not go on forever.
Mindset #4 – 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.
Mindset #5 – 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 example, for Mindset #2- did an interview that didn’t go so well make you better prepared for a different interview? For Mindset #5- can you think of a friend or relative who found a better job? Or, note what other mindsets have helped you survive the dreaded job search process. I’d love to hear what works for you!
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