We once heard job hunting described as “walking a tightrope while juggling flaming torches,” and while we snort-laughed just a little, it rings true.
Basically, job hunting can feel hard and fraught and full of pressure – the pressure not being made any better by knowing a positive mindset is key in spite of how daunting the process can feel.
Fear not, though. We’ve got a few tips to help you maintain the right mindset during this particular adventure.
- Embrace the Unicorns (and the Possibility of Unicorns:) Even in the not-so-magical land of job hunting, unicorns exist – those seemingly mythical job postings that perfectly match your skills and dreams. While they might not come around often, don’t lose hope. There is every chance your perfect position will come available. In the meantime, look out for the ones that are almost perfect. You never know, you might be looking for a trapeze artist role only to find out you’re actually a pretty bomb lion tamer.
- Set Up a Support Network Early On: The job hunt can be quite the emotional rollercoaster, from the excitement of finding that dream job to the disappointment of receiving a rejection email. Staying resilient and working through setbacks is easier said than done, so build a network of support (personal and professional) to learn on if things get tough.
- Tame the Interview Circus: Ah, the job interview – the grand spectacle where you showcase your skills while trying not to trip on your own words. It’s natural to feel nervous, but don’t worry, that’s normal. Just remember, interviews are a two-way street and are just as much about finding the right fit for you as it is about impressing the employer. Be yourself, charm them with your unique abilities, and if you feel like telling a light-hearted joke, go for it. If you find yourself wishing you felt more prepared, practice interviewing with a friend or mentor, or hire a coach.
- Learn the Art of Negotiation: Once you’ve dazzled the hiring manager with your talent, it’s time for the negotiation bit. Think of it as a friendly dance, where both parties try to find a balance that works. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve! It’s about finding a win-win scenario that leaves both you and your new employer feeling good about the partnership.
- Find Your Best Way to Deal with Rejections: “Keep your chin up” is a lot easier said than done, so lean on your network from #3, and ask for help. LinkedIn is a great place to ask for leads, interview coaches, or resume tips. We provide some of those services at ROI, so if you find yourself feeling like you need some professional coaching to get you through, we can help. What works for someone else may not work for you, so this is a very personalized area.
If you’re feeling daunted by a job search and feel as if professional coaching would help, get in touch with the ROI team. We are seasoned interviewers and coaches and can help!