The Wheel of Self-Worth – 4 Tricks to avoiding a hellish ride when job hunting

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!

  1. Stay Empowered:

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.

  1. Leverage off negative experiences – take full advantage of them:

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.

  1. Be realistic:

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.

  1. Put your best foot forward every time:

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.

I have worked with Jodi off & on for 10 years now and have always been impressed at the time and care Jodi takes to get to know her clients and their current needs. I have lost count of the number of great people Jodi has sent my way and know I can rely on her to find excellent people!

Melissa Quirk GM People and Culture, Overland|Merchant 1948

Jodi would have to be the best recruitment specialist that I have worked with, always finding not only the best candidates but the best culture fit, in what was a challenging labor market in New Zealand. 
Jodi operates with great integrity, honesty and is a true professional.

Libby Sanderson Retail Director, Adidas Group

Jodi is a highly professional business woman who always delivered fantastic results. She is consistent in her delivery of service and has a deep understanding of recruitment in NZ.

Kerry Lila General Manager, Hallensteins Brothers

We have worked with Jodi over the last 7 years – Jodi took time to understand our business and our needs to ensure she presented the right candidates, efficiently and effectively every time!

Jacqui Coombes Director HR&NZ, Bunnings Australia and New Zealand Jacqui Coombes Testimonial - Director HR&NZ for Bunnings Australia and New Zealand

Latest Executive Vacancies

National Retail Manager

Why you'll want to apply for this position: You'll be generously rewarded for your work You'll be taking care of and driving the performance of a key region for this business. You'll love the brand, their quality and their execution You'll… Apply 06 December

Retail Regional Manager | Get ready for an adventure!

This is a business that has built its success on working with people to make their dreams a reality! A strong internal people culture with a focus on delivering an outstanding customer experience has been a winning formula for success!… Apply 27 November

Retail Regional Manager | Not Fashion!

About the Company: This sexy New Zealand brand is tracking well!  They've got great plans for the future that include opening new stores and creating an even edgier offering to their customers!  You'll have a good support structure and a great team… Apply 15 November

New Zealand National Retail Manager

About this Company: They are slick operators!  Their good results and serious growth are testament to their great teams and gorgeous products!  It's safe to say that they strive to delight their customers and do just that!  They're sticklers for quality… Apply 14 November

New Zealand Country Manager | New Role Just Listed!

Why you might love this role: Roles with this degree of scope and autonomy are hard to find here in New Zealand You'll get to work with gorgeous quality products and beautiful designs Its a challenge! - these stores are big and busy… Apply 09 November

Senior Retail Regional Manager

About the Company: You'll just love the down to earth, people centric culture that this business offers!  Its not all black and white - there's room for you to use your influence and initiative!  They'll teach you what you need… Apply 31 October

Regional Manager | Earn what you deserve to earn!

8 REASONS YOU MIGHT JUST LOVE THIS ROLE: You'll be earning $120,000 + Company Vehicle to start - and you won't have to travel out of Auckland You'll be part of an Internationally growing success story You'll be leading a very strong… Apply 24 October

Retail Buyer | Do you want a lifestyle change?

You could soon be joining a super trendy furniture business based in Christchurch as their new furniture buyer! They've got big plans in place and they are looking for you! What you could soon be doing: You'll be on a mission to… Apply 24 October