Applying for jobs can be tough going. Sometimes it can feel like a full-time job just applying for jobs!
And it can be easy for your self-confidence to take a nosedive if you are not getting many positive responses. It certainly can feel demoralizing and dis-empowering.
So I want to remind you today, firstly, that your job DOES NOT equal your worth as a person. Sure, a job has many benefits: it can provide you with opportunities to learn new things, to tackle challenges, to make a difference, to make new friends, to develop as a person, to apply things in the real world, to grow in confidence, to earn money, to feel settled and stable, to socialize, to feel part of something greater than yourself. But it does NOT substitute for your intrinsic worth as a person, which is fixed and will never change – regardless of whatever job you do or do not have.
Now we have got that cleared up … I also want to share with you something else you can do to keep your spirits high. While not wanting to get too woo-woo about it, it's important to get your energy working for you while you are job hunting.
As Wayne Dyer famously said: "You don't attract what you want. You attract what you are." And this principle applies just as much in your job applications as in anything else.
So consider what feelings and experiences does the thought of having your dream job generate in you – is it about security and stability? Or excitement and innovation? Or something else?
I challenge you to consider how you can bring more of that energy into your life right now …
Perhaps it is about feeling grounded and supported – in which case you could take a walk in nature, spend time with loved ones or do some exercise.
Or if it is about vibrancy and taking on new challenges, perhaps you could take on something you've never done before or join an adventure-based club to make new friends with like-minded people.
Energy really is contagious, so while you're waiting to land that job, you can create more of the energy you want from your ideal job in your life straight away. In a way that our rational minds can't really understand, this actually makes it much easier for you to find and be offered the job that you truly want.