Keep Knocking On Doors…

..long enough and eventually someone will open up to let you in. This applies to everything in life. You will often fall short in your first attempt at anything, and that’s ok. It’s all part of the learning and growth processes. Don’t let failure or rejection stop you from chasing after whatever it is that you really want, though. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going.

Job hunting is a prime example, whether you are seeking your first role, a better role or a totally new career. You find the ideal role advertised, and it is a perfect match with your experience and skillset. You apply and if you’re very lucky, you get shortlisted for interview. More often than not, however, you get a generic rejection email. Or maybe no response at all. You find another role for which you believe you are a perfect fit. Same thing happens again.

This can be a kick in the teeth for anyone. Left unchecked, it erodes your confidence and you find yourself reluctant to apply for more roles. Those which you do apply for, you only put minimal thought and effort into, because you already anticipate rejection. This is a vicious cycle which only serves to keep you from finding the right job.

This cycle can be broken, though, through persistence and a bit of good old review and reflection. If your efforts have fallen flat so far, change your approach. Think about it – when you hit turbulence while pursuing your goals, what do you do? You reflect on your approach so far and what you’ve learned, you seek advice and feedback and get back to work. The same applies to your job hunt.

Applying for jobs is a numbers game. Along with yourself, there could be tens or even hundreds of others all applying for the same role. The recruitment software that companies use to sift through CVs and application forms will cut that number down, and a panel will review the remainders and shortlist the lucky ones. In my own experience, the response rate to job applications is between 10 and 16%. This, however can differ for you, depending on your industry, qualifications and experience.

What does all of this mean? Well, when you hit a brick wall in your job hunt;

  • Take some time to review your personal statement, cv and cover letter. What messages are you sending? How well are you selling yourself to a prospective employer?
  • Seek help. There is plenty of good advice available online about how best to apply for jobs according to each industry, but don’t just rely on the internet. Make friends with recruitment consultants. Register with the main recruitment agencies according to your industry, and get feedback on your CV and cover letter. These are the people who will be approaching companies on your behalf, and their feedback and advice is priceless. Alternatively, ask friends, family or your professional network to help you.
  • Review your approach. Apply directly to companies which interest you. Apply via job boards such as Totaljobs, CV Library, or Indeed among others. Sign up with recruitment agencies. Check trade or industry-specific journals. Go to networking events. Speak to your personal and professional networks. There is no one right method to search for your next job so use as many as you can. Don’t just sit in front of a computer and wait for the right job to come to you. Get out there and hustle for it.
  • Keep applying. Don’t just apply for one or two jobs and then sit back and wait for a reply. Keep searching and keep applying. The more the better, because the more jobs you apply for, the better able you will be to sell yourself to prospective employers. Furthermore, when you have applications pending and are finding more jobs to apply for on a regular basis, you won’t be downhearted when you get rejected. And if you do have a high success rate, with lots of interviews? Then, you will gain a wealth of interview experience and will be in the envious position of choosing your next move.

So, if your job hunt is taking too long and you’re becoming frustrated, just keep going. Review what you have been doing so far and learn from it. What is and isn’t working for you? Why? What can you do about it? Who can help you? Put the work in to improve your personal statement, cv and cover letter and then get back to work.

The more doors you knock on, the more people you talk to and the more jobs you apply for, the more chance you will have of landing your dream role. Want more? Then do more!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flashback Friday

Friday is over and we are finally headed into the weekend, when people traditionally unwind and recharge their batteries. This is essential, if you want to avoid burnout and fatigue, but it does not mean that you have to put your personal development on hold, though.

In the spirit of the flashback Friday hashtag which is popular on social media, I would like to share a little something I read from author and coach Brian Tracy a while ago. Short and sweet, but motivational and informative, he offers the keys to success in 4 simple steps;

Four life-changing keys to success:

  • Decide exactly what you want
  • Set a deadline
  • Take action every day
  • Persist until you succeed

In essence, you need reflection, goals with deadlines, plenty of action and the resilience to keep going when times get tough. Of course it won’t bring you overnight success, but it will get you closer to your goals.

I hope this gives you some food for thought and keeps the fire burning..

Keep Up The Good Work

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming”

Richard Branson

 

Having written yesterday about not giving up, I stumbled across the above quote from Richard Branson and had to share it.

As in all areas of life, it is inevitable that you will, at some time or other, miss out on the job you want or a business development opportunity. When this happens it is important to remember that there will potentially be plenty more opportunities coming your way. You must be driven and willing enough continue to work for them though, despite your disappointment.

The truth is that there are countless people applying for the same jobs as you, or chasing the same business opportunities as you. Some of these may be better qualified, more experienced or put forward a stronger case on the day. That does not mean that you should become disheartened and give up. It is easy to feel helpless and that the odds are stacked against you, and just accept that it will not happen for you. This is a lie, and the easy way out.

Every missed opportunity requires reflection, because when you reflect honestly on what happened, you learn. You learn how to better answer questions in future meetings and interviews as well as better control of your nerves and body language. When you reflect, learn and apply that new knowledge, you bounce back stronger and better able to give a more confident performance in your next interview or business pitch.

After the disappointment of one bad outcome sinks in, it is easy to believe that you won’t get another opportunity. The fact of the matter is very different. If you fight to remain positive, you will notice plenty more opportunities arising, and if you have reflected and learned form the last experience, you will be in a strong position to meet these head on.

The opportunity which you miss out on may not even be the right one for you. With plenty coming along all the time if you look for them, it could be the next one which offers you all that you want and more.

Happy hunting!!

Don’t give up

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”

Dale Carnegie

Persistence. Perseverance. Resilience. Mental strength. Grit. Whatever you choose to call it, you will need plenty of it in order to achieve great things.

No matter what your idea of success looks like to you, the truth is that it won’t come to you overnight. It will take time and a lot of hard work. There will be ups and downs, both of which you should regard as opportunities to learn and develop. This is the famous “journey” which we hear so much about. For me, this is the best part of personal development and striving towards your goals.

As you set off in pursuit of your goals, you will gain knowledge, skills and there will be countless experiences from which to learn and grow. At the end of the journey, you may very well have achieved your goals but the person you have become in the process is much more important. The thing about this journey, however, is that if you keep giving up when times get tough, there won’t be one.

So, my message to you is not to give up when things are no longer going according to plan. After all, if you quit once you will be more likely to do it again the next time you face a challenge. Learn from the experiences, both good and bad, and keep moving forward. Enjoy the journey, learn from it and grow. By refusing to give up, and persevering, you will appreciate the good times even more when they come. And they will. Plenty of them. You just have to be patient and keep trying.

Quote of the Day

Today, rather than offering my reflections, i’d like to share 2 quotes. One of these is more recent than the other but both are full of wisdom and food for thought…

Tony Robbins;

“There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once unleashed, can make any vision, dream or desire a reality” 

Leo Tolstoy;

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time”

Why did I choose both of these quotes and put them together? Simple. I strongly believe that we all have within us the potential for greatness. Whether we Fulfill our potential,  however, depends largely on whether we have the patience to put in the hard work consistently over time rather than chase overnight success. 

The truth about luck

“It seems the harder I work, the more luck I have”

Thomas Jefferson

We are often being misinformed and told half-truths when we read about the success of others in journals, magazines or online. All too often, we are entertained with tales of overnight success and pure luck. In the same publications or websites, however, we also find motivational articles advising us how we can achieve whatever we focus our attention and effort upon. Confusing to say the least. Are we to wait for Lady Luck to shine brightly upon us, or do we get out there and work for what we want?

We must give credit where it’s due, though, and stories of luck do make for good reading. They are heartwarming and reassuring. We start to think that maybe we will get lucky too. I enjoy a good story as much as anyone else and love reading. However, I also live in the real world and am a strong believer in hard work and consistent effort. For me, there is no other way and it stands to reason. Imagine, for example, a man named John who dreams of becoming a successful musician. He sits around at home all day, binge-watching programmes on Netflix while waiting for inspiration to strike, after which he hopes to get lucky. What are his chances of success? Pretty small, right?! Now imagine John version 2, in which he is more proactive. John spends his day writing songs, practicing, performing in bars and clubs, putting some examples of his work on Youtube and networking online and in person. It goes without saying that Version 2, the version that works hard and doesn’t give up easily, will have the higher chance of becoming successful.

The truth is that when we work hard on our ourselves, our passions and our dreams, we stand a higher chance of finding ourselves in the right place at the right time, surrounded by the right people, after which we can achieve success in our chosen arena. There is no such thing as an overnight success or pure luck. The uncomfortable truth is that persistence and continuous hard work are the keys which will open the door to achievement and success. There is no shortcut. You need to work hard and be patient. Believe that, if you are doing everything you possibly can, the doors will open and your time will come.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll just get run over if you just sit there”

Will Rogers