When people first begin their job search or decide to think about their next career move, they often do not realise the mental toughness required to go the distance. When I help clients successfully secure a new job or make a career transition into another industry, they have climbed a mental mountain that they perhaps did not realise they would need to traverse.
How well are you playing the mental game? Are your beliefs serving you well and enabling you to climb the mental mountains you need to?
I see many people get disappointed during the job search journey. A client recently spent five hours on their CV and cover letter in preparation for applying for a job. This took so much effort and yet they received no thank you email or recognition that it was received (which is common practice).
Another example is when my clients go and see a recruiter. They walk away from the meeting feeling like they’d made a great connection and yet they never hear from that recruiter again.
Or they’ve experienced their first rejection after their first job application.
Or they got to the job interview and received their first rejection, even though they felt it went well.
At these moments it is very natural to experience an array of emotions including feeling disappointed, angry, overwhelmed, despondent and confused.
And even though you don’t want to hear it, this is how the job search journey can be.