Staying positive is crucial for jobsearch success!
Careers coach Penny Strutton is writing a weekly column for This Is Nottingham with advice for job seekers. This week she looks at the importance of a keeping a positive mindset...
Searching for a job which is right for you can be a lengthy process and keeping your confidence and motivation up can sometimes be difficult, especially when you're receiving rejection letters or being turned down after interview. We all know that rejection is all part of the job search process but how should we manage ourselves to ensure we keep on going?
The first step is to make sure you manage your own expectations. If you expect to be rejected at some points in the process then you can take it in your stride. Having a strategy in place is a great method of ensuring you stay in control of both the process but also are able to maintain your confidence and faith in yourself. A strategy should include a selection of milestones or "journey goals", the timeframe for which you hope to achieve the goals, your various approaches to searching for a job and success measures.
Keeping a record of your job-search efforts is also important. Create a system for capturing all the jobs you've applied for, the CV's you've adapted, the contacts you've made, the research into preferable companies you've carried out and the feedback from interviews. Together this information will show you tangible outcomes from all your efforts and help you manage and adapt your strategy but also ensure you remain positive.
Being able to reflect on your efforts is also a valuable method of staying in control. Try and gain feedback from people you respect and are working in a relevant field. Share your strategy with them and show them your CV and job applications; take on board comments and try and adapt your style and approach. Utilise these people to help you identify where your strengths and skills lie in relation to jobs you're applying for and start listing your experience and achievements against these skills.
More often than not if you're able to talk through how you meet the requirements of a job with someone, you feel more able to carry out the job which boosts your confidence. If you're lucky enough to have an interview this can help you walk in with your head held high and deliver a great performance!
Staying positive can sometimes be tough, especially if it's not in your character. Reminding yourself of your efforts and the positive comments and feedback you've received is crucial in maintaining a sense of self-belief. Yes, you need to develop aspects which could be improved but don't lose site of the things you are doing very well!
Many of us have a negative voice which we choose to listen to when things don't meet our expectations; "you deserved it" "well you're not very intelligent so why are you surprised" "you're just plain useless"….the list continues! Try and push this voice to the back and start repeating phrases which acknowledge your strengths and your efforts, it's your choice which voice you listen to!
Good luck and stay positive!