A competitive job market that offers limited senior opportunities is no place for the faint-hearted! (or fragile ego for that matter!)
The job hunting journey often becomes a rite of passage for even the most courageous and confident of candidates as they navigate their way through the treachery of endless interviews, rejection, dashed hopes, unprofessional behavior and unfulfilled expectations.
What I’ve observed: The 4 tricks to just keeping calm and carrying on!
It happens so quickly – that shift from feeling confident and capable to wondering if you are really good enough at all. The most resilient of job hunters don’t take things personally, they remain grounded in themselves. They stay clear on what their capabilities are and don’t fall into the trap of defining themselves through the filters and rejection of others. Basing your sense of self on the validation of people who don’t actually know you – is a slippery slope.
Astute job hunters don’t just manage negative experiences to the best of their ability, they tend to find a way to use the experience to their absolute advantage. Whether its having to bear negative feedback or being at the mercy of an unprofessional interviewer, they tend to find the opportunity in every experience.
It’s not personal! Resist the urge to delude yourself. Be real, understand the odds you are up against and work out how to beat them, especially if you are applying for a more senior role or one that requires a different depth of experience to what you have.
In our market there really are so few second chances! Don’t fall into thinking you are entitled to anything! Treat every opportunity and every stage of the job hunt as if it were the only one! Take the search seriously, be prepared and committed to allowing the best version of yourself to express itself.
Jodi Linder is the Director of The Switch Agency. She has been observing the behaviour of job hunters for over 10 years.
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