A job market is an uncertain place, even at the best of times. Job seekers have the unenviable task of canvassing dozens of potential employers and inquiring about jobs. And the more positions you apply for, it’s more than likely that rejections will happen from time to time.
However, with each rejection, your mental state becomes negatively affected. As a job seeker, you can hardly afford to let this negative mental state keep you down, and you have to find a way to work around it. So how do you keep your confidence up in the face of multiple rejections? Fifteen members of Forbes Coaches Council delve into how job seekers can keep their outlook positive, even in the darkest of times.
1. Keep Your Focus
Good reflection of the process is essential. So is keeping a way-forward state of mind. Let go of the past and ask yourself, what can I do about it? What is my greatest contribution? Get fulfillment for your basic needs. Where do you get self-esteem and pleasure from? Build visibility in building good networks. Keep your spirit. – Cristian Hofmann, Empowering Executives | SUPERGROUP LTD
2. Don’t Take A ‘No’ Personally
Many people believe that a "no" from a potential employer means they are not good enough, not worthy. That isn’t true. It simply means "no." Don’t take it personally. See it as an opportunity to get a better matching job. Also ask yourself if your current job search strategy really works. Maybe it is time to refine it. Don’t expect new results when doing the same things over and over again. – Dr. Natalia Wiechowski, Think Natalia
3. Adopt A Learning Mindset
Conducting a job search can be like learning a language—it has its own set of rules, it can be intensive and it takes time to master. Adopting a learning mindset will help you to depersonalize rejections and setbacks—seek feedback, reflect on what you’re learning and refine your approach. You’ll become increasingly more "fluent" in the process, which will bring you closer to the job you want. – Patricia Carl, Highland Performance Solutions, LLC
4. Find Your Confident Calm
No doubt, consistent rejection is tough. However, we need to remember that rejection is also a regular part of life for nearly everyone. Focus on what you can control and ignore what you can’t. Look yourself in the mirror, remind yourself of your inherent value and find ways to find your confident calm and get to your zen place. Then get up, get to work and try again. Good things will happen. – Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D, Utah Valley University & Human Capital Innovations, LLC
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