Reducing the stress of job hunting.
Believe in yourself, get the job.
Everybody loves stress. we thrive on it.
It brings out the best in us.
Stress is the doorkeeper of the “fight-or-flight” mechanism. When it gets the better of us, our dash for safety can be a dash straight out of the door of our own lives.
It can be. It doesn’t have to be.
How to Overcome Stress & Land the Job
One of the times where stress can build to the danger level fast is when we’re looking for a job. Think of what is at stake! Our job not only keeps the roof over our head, it enables us to care for and educate our children. It is often the determiner of who our friends are, our social class, and it even largely defines our sense of self.
Looking for a job puts us where much of our stress originates from, from our dreams, insecurities, fear of failure (or even success).
So how can you defuse the stress and succeed?
- Learn your best strengths and where they can be used, even if it means pushing into a minimal market; because in the end the employer chooses the best candidate whether from a tank of 300 fish or 3,000; so go where you can be your best.
- Do the kind of homework all the best advisors recommend: learn who needs what you have to offer and set about making yourself irresistible to them. That is, market what it is you discovered about yourself from point #1. If you aren’t sure how to market your talents, reach out! Go to the library, google search your talents, see what other people are doing, let them inspire you.
- So what if you can’t figure out your strength? What if you were doing what you thought you were good at, but you were fired, because you just weren’t good “enough?” What if you really messed up your last job and you know it? That’s stress! How can you possibly overcome the embarrassment and self loathing in order to impress someone else into hiring you?You can’t “convince” someone to hire you if you don’t think you deserve to be hired. No one wants to hire a loser, especially in this economy. So don’t sell yourself short that you’re that loser, because you’re not. If you truly were you wouldn’t be reading this right now. See, a winner is someone who doesn’t give up. And here you are, trying to address the problem, do better, and land you new job.
If you made mistakes in the past, don’t obsess over them. Be grateful you can now learn from them and be an even better asset to a company because you won’t make that mistake again.So how to regain your competency self esteem? Simple: Look for your passion, research your job goals, dress the part, and practice an interview by talking about your assets.
- Imagine you are going to a job interview this afternoon. Dress for confidence!
Put on your business suite or whatever is appropriate for your career. Whatever you wear, remember to match your clothes, check for stains, and to have it pressed; a little ironing and cleanliness goes a long way.Now look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see? Know that stress comes from fearing that one’s needs will not be met, and prospective employers are fill of stress, just as you are. You need to exude confidence, because you are there not for them to give you a job, but for you to give them a valuable employee.
- Learn to listen. At a job interview this is the key to success. Here’s an example: You’re interviewer says, “Our former floor supervisor had a great personality for management but absolutely no sense of detail…” That means there was trouble meeting deadlines, there was difficulty with the small things that kept things running smoothly.
That means they’re looking for someone who can handle those small details. But listen closely- did you hear the compliment initially? It also means that they value personality and leadership qualities.
So let’s wrap it up
What do you need to succeed?
- Find what you’re best at and run with it.
- Let your passion influence your self esteem. Learn from your Mistakes.
- Dress to impress, don’t look a mess!
- Listen closely to your interviewer, he will lead you into what he wants to hear.
Now remember: Confidence and Passion are Key! If you’re passionate and knowledgeable in your field you will be relaxed and this will sway the interviewer into wanting to hire you. Good luck and God Bless!