Searching for a new job is tough for the vast majority of people. There’s no way around it. You get your resume polished up, apply for countless positions, and sometimes you don’t hear back. Not one peep. When the little devil on your shoulder starts piping up that you’re not enough, or that you’ll never find something, do you listen? Or do you make a point to learn, adapt, and fight back? The answer to that question reveals a tremendous amount about your resilience.
Our level of resilience determines whether we can jump over hurdles, or whether we let unexpected barriers drag us down. It’s our capacity to recover quickly from setbacks. Rather than dwelling on our struggles, we can harness our inner strength and view each obstacle as an opportunity to be seized. Each setback is an incredibly rich learning experience, no matter the outcome. When you employ your ability to recover quickly from difficulties, you can handle the stress of the job hunt more effectively.
Job hunting, like baking, is an art form and a science. Whether you’re looking to advance, to break into a new field or re-enter the workforce, you are going to have to evolve to get there, and that’s great news! Because if what you’re doing doesn’t work, you can pivot and try to approach the situation from a different angle. This process involves patience, acting as a keen observer, and making adjustments based on your findings. When you treat your career search like an iterative process, viewing your results in a nonjudgmental, analytical way, you take failure off the table as you’ll only continue to evolve and grow. As you’re doing this, you’re adapting, you’re changing, and you’re going to make it happen.
Having resilience won’t make things perfect; life will still be complicated at times, and you’ll be faced with difficult decisions or circumstances. However, when you practice resilience, you’ll be able to get up, dust yourself off, and keep going.
Can we improve our resilience? Yes! Here’s how:
Developing resilience doesn’t happen overnight. Over time, and with some practice, you’ll be able to face the realities of the job hunt with courage, improvise workable solutions, and find meaning in adversity instead of blaming yourself or others. If you need help getting started, seek the guidance of a trusted friend, family member, or a coach to help you through the process.
When you prioritize your health and manage your time efficiently, you will move through your daily actions with more confidence as you move closer and closer to your goal. You’ll find that consistently applying a few of these small practices will reap great rewards.