7 Proper Mindset During Job Hunting


Looking for a job is really a test of character. Sometimes you look for a job and weeks have already passed by but no positive result, this could be a real tear-jerker. The feeling of defeat and despair creeps in and, before you know it, you already want to give up. You can manage these feeling, if not avoid them, if you have a proper mindset while you seek a job.

Here are some age-old proven advice to help set your minds properly before and during job searching:

1. Don’t you ever give up!

Quitters never win and winners never quit! Set your mind not to give in to what you feel. It is normal to feel discouraged and sad, but to give in to these is another thing. You might as well remember the experiences of the following persons to encourage you:

  • Thomas Alva Edison has patented 1,093 useful inventions in his lifetime, yet he failed 10,000 times before he can come up with a working light bulb.
  • Walt Disney was fired from his job because his boss thinks he has no creativity yet he became a success as a cartoonist. His creation, Mickey Mouse, failed to become an instant hit. In 1928, due to incessant hard work, he was able to add a sound and it became a success.
  • Milton Hershey became bankrupt in his first venture but never gave up. Now, he was known as the “Chocolate King.”
  • Giving up is easy but with serious consequences. On the hand, not giving up requires determination and strong will. The waiting may not be easy but the result is worth the all the pain.

2. Expect the highs and lows.

It is the reality. We always face the highs and lows of life – this includes job hunting. Looking for a job sometimes is like a roller-coaster ride. One moment you feel so hopeful and assertive but then becomes frustrated and dismal the next moment when you are rejected. Accepting in yourself that this is part of the process helps you prepare yourself for the worse. As the old saying goes, “Hope for the best, preparing for the worst!”

3. Allow yourself to fail.

Do not be too hard on yourself. It is really disappointing when you feel that you have “aced” the interview but then you did not receive any calls at all. You may well accept the truth that you are not going to pass every interview you have. That is the reality. Every job opportunity you met is just not for you to take. Failure is not final, quitting is. Allowing yourself to fail means you do not give up hunting jobs, you just learn from these failures and make ready to move on.

4. Manage your stress.

Stress is a silent killer – literally and figuratively – if not managed. We all get stressed at some point, and that is good. Stress makes us productive, but what is dangerous are the unmanaged stresses. Once it affects your health, it becomes a problem, because it can affect all other aspects of your life. You will know that you are already stressed out if your sleeping pattern has changed like waking up in the middle of the night. You may feel always tired or irritable. Loss of appetite can also be due to bad stress. You may need a professional for effective stress management. Recreation can greatly help in reducing bad stress. Take advantage of parks, beaches or free exercise class at your local parks. Change of environment is sometimes needed to keep you mind off your job application or other pressures. The key is to relieve of yourself from this bad stresses so that you can maintain a well-balanced life.

5. Be “out there”

Numerous studies have proven that being with people or as others call it “networking” is still the number one way to land a job. Grab the opportunity to be with other people. This includes from being with your child’s school activities to social gatherings such as Homeowners Association meeting. Meeting people can open opportunities you are least expecting. Here is an example of the importance of being “out there.” A young man was waiting for a bus. He struck a conversation with another man waiting for the bus. It turned out that the man knew of a job opportunity which eventually landed the young man a job. Opportunity certainly can turn out in places least expected.

6. Keep yourself prepared

Being always prepared is an advantage. Even after an interview and waiting for the result, it is best to keep yourself updated and ready. It pays to research articles on personality development. Articles on the do’s and don’ts in an interview will truly help get prepared. Readiness is one of your best weapon in every job hunting. You should know before hand on how to you want the interviewer to know about you. Remember, you are presenting a picture of you with words. Study well the company’s mission and vision statement to orient yourself the interviewer’s line of thinking. Realize this – interviews are really all about what you can give to the company and how can you be a “solution to the problem.” They need to see that you are the best man for the job.

7. You are not alone

Remember that the job market is extremely competitive arena. There are lots of people who are after the same position you are hunting. Do not give in to the illusion that the opportunity you have is a secret to others. Be prepared to face equally qualified candidates standing in the queue with you for that interview. Again, you need to present yourself to the interviewer what makes you different from the other candidates and the best man for the job.

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