Tall, short, fat or skinny we all have our frustrations when searching for a job. After all, it is a stressful time where you are consistently putting yourself out there open to judgement, ridicule and, eventually praise.
Though, prior to getting that praise, we get frustrated which could lead to emotions that are very counterproductive and, as we have all experienced, counterproductive emotions lead to counterproductive actions.
So, how to we become less frustrated when searching for a job and get on a mental track that has renewed work ethic and that is conducive to us being successful?
Change It Up – If you’re consistently doing action y and it’s not yielding desired results, the best way to get back on track is to change up your strategy.
This change in strategy can be very complex to changing your resume, cover letter, email template or can be very slight to simply changing the types of jobs that you’re applying to.
Either way, take one change at a time and never make those changes when you’re overly frustrated. Step away for a bit as we do our best work when we’re calm.
Don’t Beat Up On Yourself – Getting bent out of shape, when you analyze the action has no positive results nor is it productive. Think of the glass as half-full.
Instead of beating up on yourself, tell yourself that you’re one interview closer to getting a job or one resume submission closer to landing that interview…depending on where you are of course.
Realize That Employers Don’t See What You See – Take it from the CEO of an executive recruiting firm – sometimes employers can be a bit irrational; we all have imperfections and this rule includes hiring managers.
Sometimes hiring managers don’t want to think outside of the box or sometimes they’re given such a strict mandate by their boss which results in less than 3% of applicants getting the interview.
In the End
Trust your gut and believe things will get better. If you need to take a break to regain your thoughts do so. A relaxed, clear-thinking job seeker is going to beat out a stressed and overly frustrated one.
Doing so is easier said than done, but get the discipline to begin thinking like this and the frustration and the difficult times will subside a lot faster.
Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement corporate headhunter