8 things you can do to build resilience

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There’s no denying that the employment market is a tough nut to crack right now. You can find yourself applying for job, after job, after job, and sometimes not getting so much as a “thanks, but no thanks.”

But, do you know what pays off in the end? Resilience. It’s a quality the entire world has had to develop over the last twelve months. It’s not that easy to be resilient when you keep getting knocked back, but if you can keep going, you’ll be in a much better position to secure that opportunity you’re looking for.

Today, we’re sharing 8 things you can do to start building some resilience for the job search.

Ask for feedback
Very few of us will get offered the first job we apply for, or the second, or the third. It’s important that if you’re not successful in an application, you ask for feedback. It could be that you didn’t expand on your answers enough, or your skillset wasn’t quite what they were looking for, or perhaps your enthusiasm for the role didn’t come across as much as you thought. These are all things that will give you greater self-awareness, and you can work on them to ensure you do better in your next application!

Remember it’s not personal
If you don’t get the job, it’s not a personal attack on you. Remember that! It’s more likely that the experience, skills or knowledge that you bring just isn’t quite what that employer is looking for. For a different employer, you could be exactly what they need. It all comes down to business needs, and that’s what the hiring panel will be considering.

Give your mind a break
Job hunting is hard work. It’s time consuming, and it can be emotionally draining, too. Make sure you’re taking regular breaks from it. Enjoy spending time on your hobbies and developing new interests, and don’t feel guilty for it. It’s hard to write a great application if your mind is frazzled from thinking of nothing but CVs, cover letters, interviews and assessment centres.

Prioritise your health
Similarly, you’ve got to look after yourself. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and moving your body regularly if you can. When you look after yourself, you’re more likely to have a positive outlook and feel like you can handle everything life throws at you.

Focus on your wins!
It can be demoralising to get rejection letter after rejection letter – we get it. Try making a list of your achievements to remind yourself how valuable you could be to the right organisation. Your list could include academic achievements, personal achievements, or work achievements! If you get offered an interview, add this to the list, too. Even if it didn’t result in a job offer, it’s still something to be celebrated. Give it a read whenever you need a boost.

Stay positive
Yes, it’s easier said than done, especially if you’ve been searching for a role for a while. But, whether you think you can get a job or you think you can’t is half the battle. Imagine a future where you’ve got a job, you’re enjoying what you do, and you like your colleagues. Focus your energy on things you can control, like making sure you’ve got a great CV, and having mock interviews. Staying positive is key to staying resilient. You can get a job. We believe in you!

Seek support
You don’t have to go through the ups and downs of the job search on your own. If you’re feeling deflated, or you want to give up, talk to someone. It could be one of our Placement Coordinators or Careers Consultants, or a friend, family member or mentor. There’s always someone you can talk to, or use as a sounding board!

Don’t give up
We know, it’s tempting, especially in today’s job market. But all it needs is for someone to see the skills, the experience and the knowledge you have, and recognise that you’d be a great addition to the team. Fun fact: The Queen’s Gambit has clocked up over 62 million viewers since it began airing in autumn 2020. Allan Scott, the producer of the show, recently shared that it took thirty years to get the limited series onto our screens, as many studios turned him down, saying they thought the subject matter was too dull. If that’s not a great lesson in resilience, we don’t know what is! 

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