So you’ve just graduated college or are pursuing a new passion. Finding a job that aligns with what you desire professionally and personally is hard. Sometimes, you’ll find the right job but in the wrong environment. You keep searching and searching and searching. Finding the perfect job can be a drag but it’s not impossible. What will make you stick out over the rest is your continual pursuit of your dream job despite the obstacles within the job search.
I’d bet a hundred dollars that fear is probably the number one reason that keeps most people from doing exactly what they want to do. What is fear anyway? To me, fear is like wearing a floor-length fur coat on a sweltering summer day. It’s being overwhelmed by the vastness of the unknown. But guess what? Nothing in life is certain. We know this and still do certain things. But when it comes to the things that we want the most, we are crippled by fear.
Your feelings of fear in your job search are normal, but they don’t have to be permanent. You can learn to be fearless just by tapping into what’s already inside of you. Here are three traits a fearless job searcher has that you can adopt in your life.
1. They are always positive.
Okay, not always, but most of the time. Words have power and when you speak negative things about yourself, that negativity is what you will attract to your life. You’ve gotta believe! Searching for a job is stressful enough. Have an optimistic outlook on things. A “no” today could become a “yes” tomorrow.
Homework: You’ve received a follow-up call or email and you’ve been told that they went with another candidate. That sucks. Thank them for the call or email. Remind yourself that your time will come. You are more than qualified and work hard. If you gave your best, you’ve succeeded. Repeat mantras to yourself to affirm your greatness. “I can do this,” or “I am already successful” are good places to start.
2. They are prepared.
You don’t show up for an exam without studying so why would you do not research a company before you interview with them? Wow your interviewers with the knowledge you acquired through your research about them.
Homework: Research the company’s history, mission/vision, and who you will be interviewing with. Show that you truly care about being on their team. That way, when it comes time to ask questions, you’ll have more confidence.
3. They ask for feedback.
Being told that you’re “not the right fit” for a role is a huge blow to the ego. For some, it’s enough to call it quits. For others, it’s a way to analyze where they went wrong and how they can improve. Fearless job searchers embrace rejection as a learning experience. Sometimes after you’ve been rejected by a potential employer, you want to forget they ever existed. You can move on or you can reach out and ask a few questions.
Homework: When I leave an interview, I know exactly what I forgot to mention. If that happens to you, go back and write down the things that you feel you failed to mention so you’re better prepared next time. After you’ve received the email or call that you were not chosen, ask why. Maybe your nerves got the best of you and you weren’t able to answer the questions asked. Analyze your weaknesses and figure out how to turn them into strengths.
Remember: EVERYONE gets afraid. Fear is not always negative. Fear can be excitement and nervousness. Even when you have fear, you must decide to push through it. Give yourself a break and then get back out there. That is the only way.
Lucy is a Creative Circle candidate in Atlanta. She is a freelance writer and visual storyteller. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely exploring new restaurants around town, traveling, taking pictures or reading blogs dedicated to SELF – awareness, development/discovery and expression. If you are interested in working with Lucy, contact Creative Circle Atlanta.