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Going For Gold: Five Key Mind-Sets For A Successful Job Search

16 Aug 2016

Going For Gold


With the 2016 Olympic Games currently underway in Rio De Janeiro, it’s inspiring to see some of the world’s top athletes compete on the biggest stage. Undoubtedly these individuals have trained hard to take part in the games, honing their natural abilities to excel in their chosen sports.

But is that enough to see them pick up a medal?

They can be at the top of their game physically but if they don’t have the right mind-set then those abilities won’t be enough to stand on that podium.

Searching for your next career opportunity can require a similar mental approach as that shown by the athletes competing at the Olympic Games. The trials and tribulations of filling out applications, altering your CV, telephone calls and finally a face-to-face interviews, only to be rejected, can be difficult even for the strongest of people.

If you mentally prepare yourself for the challenge ahead by having the right mind-set, it will help you get through the process with a feeling of fulfilment and ultimately the job you deserve.

Let’s take a look at the five key mind-sets that athletes have and how adopting them will help you in your job search:


  1. Focus

When you begin your job search it’s crucial that you know exactly what you want from your next career move and focus on it. Too many people cast the net wide as they search for any kind of role they think would fit their skillset.

Being focused helps athletes channel all their energy on their end goal – ultimately the gold medal. Distractions will cause them to lose focus and fall by the way side.  When you’re starting your job search you need to be clear and confident onexactly what your skills are and how they are relevant to the job you are applying for. Employers have lots of CV’s to look at and if you’re not clear on how your skills fit their role you will not immediately appeal to them. This could be the difference between getting an interview and not. Also, having a longer term goal and keeping this in focus will help when you’re searching for the right role. Understanding and taking responsibility for your career path will make you attractive to potential employers.


  1. Self Confidence

Athletes can only be the best when they have the confidence in themselves. Self-confidence is just as important for anyone on the hunt for a new job. If you’re not confident in your own ability this will be obvious to the interviewer during interviews.

It is also important to manage stress. If nerves or anxiety start to get the better of you, use breathing techniques to calm yourself and boost confidence. Delivering under pressure is what successful people do, whether they are running 100m or going for their dream job. Interviewers want you to do well so don’t be too intimidated! Connect with them and let some of your personality shine through.


  1. Determination

Determination is key for any professional athlete. They cannot give up no matter how hard things get. They have to have the mental toughness to keep going even if everything has gone against them.

The same mind-set applies in your job search, if you have been rejected or receive no reply after applying for several jobs, you have to get right back to it and try again. Remaining determined throughout the harsh times will only strengthen your character and this will inevitably pay dividends.


  1. Positive Realism

Being positive is an extremely important aspect for people in life in anything that they do, athletes most of all. Having a positive frame of mind will enable you to take on anything that is thrown your way but it’s vital to inject some realism into that positivity.

Realistically it’s challenging to approach everything in a positive way and trying to adopt this mentality will only set you up for a fall. Eventually a bad situation will arise so being realistic but making the best out of a negative result is how winners succeed and will help you assess your actions so you can do to be better next time.


  1. Persistence

If an Olympic athlete wasn’t persistent in their search for glory they would achieve nothing. Being persistent even when the odds have never seemed greater has produced some of the greatest Olympic stories.

Adopting this persistence in your job search could be the difference between landing the job of your dreams, getting a referral from someone or receiving absolutely nothing. No one wants to be overly pushy or annoying but a simple follow up email after an interview a few days or up to a week after can yield positive results. Hiring Managers and recruiters are incredibly busy individuals but with some gentle and pleasant prompting, they will get back to you.


Secrets to Success

So while you may not be on course for an Olympic gold medal, adopting a winning mind set in your search for a new job will produce the result you are looking for. Discover a new role today.


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