What do we mean by create yourself.............some times we have issues with our job search that are created by not only the approach that we decide to take but also our mind set (the way we think). To help you, below we have listed the five biggest barriers that you (job seekers) create than can hinder your job search. We hope that they can help you not just avoid them but also overcome them.
- Rejection Syndrome - What this means is the fear we have of being rejected. Due to this fear we are afraid to either apply for a job or they fear makes us not sell ourselves well. You need to stop fearing rejection. Yes, WE ALL will face rejection at some point in our job search as it only natural. However, they help us learn what we need to develop which helps us to succeed. Don't be afraid of rejection, see it as what you need to improve on!
- Emotional Stress - Doing a job search can be a hard at times and if you add pressure of finding a job especially if your unemployed and family life......it can all take it toll on job seekers. We all face stress but it is how we decide to deal with it. If you ignore it or won't admit it then it will begin to hamper your efforts and your applications will reflect this. Find ways to deal with stress, either through having someone to talk to do or other methods e.g exercise, getting out etc.
- Working Solo - One of the biggest mistakes job searchers make is thinking that they can do a job search all by themselves. This is a mistake as we all need a helping hand whether it someone to help look over our job search tools (CV etc), someone to ask for some advice or getting some pointers. Don't be afraid to ask for help, there are people and organisations that are only too glad to help you if you need it. You could be missing out on help that could make the difference to your job search if you choose to work by yourself.
- Lowered Self-Esteem & Confidence - Job search can be a tasking thing which can lower not only your confidence but also your self esteem. This happens to a lot of individuals but it up to you to find ways to either stop it or bounce back from it. You need your confidence especially in interviews and as for your self esteem, if you don't believe in your worth how is a employer meant too! Don't allow yourself to be devalued, BE IN YOURSELF!!!
- No Plan Or Wrong Plan - If you believe that you can just tackle your job search with no plan then your wrong. Having a plan helps you to be more focused, be more efficient and stay motivated. It can help you stay on a course and break up your job search into manageable parts. Having no plan, your not as organised, not as focused and you could be missing out on things. If you do have a plan, make sure it the right one. Makes sure it meets your job search objectives and can be flexible. Also, review your plan often as you will discover that as your job search develops and you learn new things that will make your job search will evolve and change.
All of the above barriers can be overcome by you, but YOU must choose to do that. In the end this advice is to help guide you but as anything in the job search, it's your choice to make. If you do use this advice, we truly hope it can help you in your job search!