A Guide On Managing Your Mindset During Your Job Search

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Job Search, Career Transition Coach and CV Writer

Job Search, Career Transition Coach and CV Writer


In these unsettling times, personal resilience is key. Keeping a positive mindset when things may not be going the way you want can be challenging at the best of times, even for the more robust job searcher.


Here are a few practical pointers to help keep your job search mindset in a much better place;


1) Keep it real – don’t apply for a space cadet job if you are afraid of heights. Apply for career opportunities where your brilliance will really shine through. Remember you are competing.


2) Remove some of the stress by keeping in control as much as you can and keep on top of things. Focus on things you can change, don’t dwell on stuff you can’t – this is negative energy. Let go of baggage.


3) Listen to your gut feeling – 99% of the time, it is right. Your gut feeling is a human algorithm - pay attention to your head, not your heart.


4) Leave your inner critic behind you and be aware of your internal dialogue (preserve your energy for more constructive activity).


5) Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the interview. Just learn from each situation and move on. Try not to take it personally – reality check is you never know who you are up against and if it’s not meant to be, then it’s not meant to be. Park it and move on.

6) Reward yourself with little wins.


7) Be open-minded and avoid making assumptions. (Assumptions can block out the wider opportunities for you and you never know where a conversation or a left turn on your job search road map may take you ..)


8) Learn, Listen, Change; Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and utilise the recruiter expertise around you – they know how to play the game better than you.


9) Don’t let it sap all your energy. Avoid negative thinking – it’s a huge drain on your energy resources. Take time out and be kind to yourself. Stay healthy, get the heart going with some cardio, even a 10-minute walk can make a difference - exercise is a great mind cleanser and can detox the mindset.


10) A healthy diet can help with your mood and energy levels.


11) Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help. It’s OK to ask for help when you need it. You might not have the answers but someone else can help you turn a corner. And help can make such a difference if you let it. Embrace help, take the first steps to change.

12) Keep your mind active. Maybe use the time to gain some new skills or take up some training. (There are loads of free/low-cost training courses available online).


13) Listen to constructive criticism from your Supporters, recruiters, interview feedback, interviewers. Interpret and understand their messages.


14) Be nice to everyone. You never know when your paths may cross again.


15) Make one small change a day, do it for a couple of days so it becomes more of a habit and fits into your daily routine. Little steps. It’s as much about the journey, as it is the destination.


Ginnie Riley

Job Search Strategist, Career Transition Coach and CV Writer

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Job Search, Career Transition Coach and CV Writer

Job Search, Career Transition Coach and CV Writer

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