Job searching can be a full time job in its own right. It can also be hard, long and painful at times too. But here’s the thing… every time you take a step forward, every time you tailor your CV for the next job application, volunteer for another opportunity to build your experience, meet another contact for coffee to grow your network or get down to the last 3 at interview (again!), you are one step closer to finding the right job for you.
Resilience is one of the most sought after attributes for employers today, in this world of ambiguity where nothing is clear, change is happening all around us, and the need to be light on your feet, to flex and adapt is critical. Resilience isn’t just about endlessly “bouncing back” like a dog chasing a ball and repeating what you’ve done before. It’s about dusting yourself off, fine tuning, flexing and adapting, working with your strengths, learning and gathering feedback, researching, prototyping, testing, and going again! It’s a way of being, it’s a mindset, it’s an attitude, it’s a desire to be your best.
Job searching requires us to be resilient. We’re going to stumble, we’re going to not make the cut, we’re going to get a few rejections. But ask yourself:
“What can I do with this experience?”
“What can I now learn about myself and/or this process that will help me to get closer to my goal?”
A few top tips:
- Ask for feedback – from experts in their field, from friends & family, from interviewers etc.
- Put yourself out there – understand what you offer and tell people about it.
- Build a presence – start writing and sharing articles, start conversations, about things you are interested in on LinkedIn for example.
- Get curious about others – understand their journey and learn from their experiences.
- Don’t get too attached to the outcome, try to enjoy the process – this could be a great way to make new friends as well as find a new job!
- Get creative and try something different – For example, are you looking at the same old big brand names? What about all those unsung heroes, the organisations you’ve never heard of but do amazing things and might be a perfect match for you?!
- Get a coach who can help you to gather the insights and learning along the way and help you to understand how you might apply it next.
- Step away from the computer screen and start talking to real human beings. People buy people after all!
Sarah Leach, Executive Coach (MBA)