Unfortunately, for the majority of people rejection and unsuccessful applications are part and parcel of the job hunt. If you add some life stress on top of that it is easy to become disheartened and negative, but staying positive is a very important key to your job hunt success.
Here a few tips on how to keep positive.
One step to feeling positive is having confidence in your preparation, in particular your resume and cover letter. Your resume and cover letter are the first contact point for most job applications.
Make sure you to take the time to provide correct information and give details of the duties involved in your work history, any training and your personal attributes.
- Never dwell on rejection
It is important that if you’re unsuccessful you move on as quickly as possible and do your best not to take it personally because EVERYONE goes through the same rejection at some point in their job hunting experience. This can be hard for some but try to see every application or interview as a learning experience that will make you more confident for the next one. It also doesn’t hurt to ask for constructive feedback as to why you were not successful i.e. how you can improve your chances with future applications. Take that input and focus your efforts into other opportunities.
- Be your own biggest fan!!
Lastly and most importantly, value your own abilities and skills and be confident in knowing what you can bring to any organisation. This can be your training, your experience or even your personal attributes.
Don’t be afraid to use your life experience or achievements as transferable skills in the workplace. You may not have the training, but you may have natural ability dealing with people, time management skills as a parent or mechanical aptitude by fixing cars for your friends.
Ask friends and current or ex work colleagues what they think your strengths are too and this can give you extra insight and an added confidence boost.
Believe in yourself…Sounds corny I know, but it works!
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Written by Shai, our King of Industry. For help with finding a job, book an appointment with Shai or any of our helpful advisors.