When managing your job search, it is important to be aware that setbacks are an inevitable part of job searching, but for many of us rejections can feel very personal. The job searching process can, at times, be frustrating, exhausting and somewhat tedious. So, when you don’t receive an interview, a job offer, or even a response, you may start to feel demotivated, overwhelmed with a of lack control over your job search.
We all need helpful tactics to manage these setbacks. Stephen Covey wrote about how to deal with these factors and worries by being proactive, in his bestselling book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.
His theory uses 3 circles to help assess which factors are inside and outside of your control. By adopting this strategy when job searching, you will regain control, re- focus your energy and compartmentalise your job searching anxieties into manageable categories.
Rather than an adopting a ‘passive’ wait and see approach when job searching. Applying Coveys theory will help you adopt a growth mindset. It means you can be more proactive on the factors you can control in your job search and in return gain a sense of clarity and autonomy. This will ultimately have a positive impact on your confidence and will help you become aware of what thoughts and actions are really worth your time and energy.
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