5 Essentials to Avoid Sabotaging Your Job Search

Posted March 11, 2014 by Lindsay Laughnan in Career Moves
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Are you a Career Girl looking to take your career to the next level?

If you’re in the process of job searching, it’s essential that you take full responsibility for your mindset and actions during this process. Your job search may feel like a roller coaster! You may have days when you’re elated that a prospective employer contacted you and other days when you’re feeling down in the dumps because it feels like an eternity for an employer to move forward in the hiring process. No matter where you are in the process, it’s essential to avoid sabotaging your job search. Surprisingly, many people aren’t even aware that they’re doing it!!

Can you relate to any of these sabotaging thoughts and behaviors?

1. Cutting yourself down

Do you find yourself being your own worst critic, obsessing about what you said “wrong” during interviews or email correspondence? I’m a huge believer in self-improvement, but there is a difference between constructive criticism and self-sabotage. Instead of cutting yourself down, ask yourself what you can improve for next time.

2. Failing to believe in your skills and talents

What skills and talents come naturally to you? Whether it’s your writing skills, public speaking, or ability to lead a team, these skills don’t come easy to everyone. Instantly boost your self-confidence simply by acknowledging your skills and talents.

3. Focusing on the competition too much

Has the competition stopped you from applying to the positions that you REALLY want? Here’s a Career Girl challenge for you! For the next 90 days, avoid focusing on the competition. For example, if you read a job description and it lists preferred qualifications that you think that you’re lacking, apply anyway. Think outside of the box about how your education, experience, and skills can meet the needs of the position. Then, emphasize these items in your application and during the interview.

4. Thinking that submitting your application is enough to get an interview

Yes, in some cases submitting your application is enough to get an interview. But, if your potential employer has a stack of applications on the table, how can you rise to the top? It starts with a conversation. Reach out via email or phone and express your interest in the position by asking a few questions about the position and/or company. Your employer will begin to get to know you as a person and not just words on an application.

5. Avoiding in-person networking

Or course, if you’re not used to networking it can be scary because it’s unknown territory. But, remember that when you attend events, everyone is in the same boat as you. They’re attending to make connections with a purpose! If you’re new to networking, start by attending a small gathering. Then, when you feel more comfortable, you can work your way to attending larger meetings and conferences.

Just the fact that you want to take your career to the next level and you’re exploring opportunities says a lot about your motivation. When you ditch the sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, you have more time to focus on achieving your goals!

About the Author

Lindsay Laughnan

Lindsay coaches 20's and 30's women to improve their career, dating, health, and finances to live their Thirtylicious life. She partners with clients to help them design a career lifestyle that is a perfect fit for their priorities, dreams, and desires! Besides being passionate about coaching, Lindsay loves blogging, experimenting with green smoothie recipes, practicing yoga, exploring hiking trails, and purple nail polish.