Is Negativity Sabotaging Your Job Search?


Are you sabotaging your job search with negativity or negative self talk and not even realizing it? Are you telling yourself things like, “I have no unique skills.” or “I am just not qualified to apply for that job.”?

These lies and negativity can sabotage a job search.  Are you listening to the silent critic we all have?  You know, the one that sits on our shoulder reminding us of our past mistakes and failures.

Not only do job candidates believe the negativity and overly critical self-talk, they believe that others feel the same way about their skills and talents.  Negativity can be overcome with mental preparation which is a valuable part to any job search.   Instead of perpetuating these mental “lies” build your confidence with positive, encouraging thoughts.

Overcome Negativity and Build Confidence

Mental preparation is about thinking factually rather than being overly critical of yourself. Here are a few negative thoughts which I have labeled “lies” followed by the truth behind each one.  If any of these negative thoughts sound familiar, take a moment to focus on the true statements that follow in order to build your confidence

Lie: “Twenty-three other people applied for this job and are probably more qualified than me.”

Truth:  You only know the number of applicants and don’t know how your qualifications compare.  All you know at this point is the number of applicants. You can rank higher than most candidates by building a strategy and following a plan to present yourself as the best candidate.

You Can Learn Every Skill Needed In Your Job Search

Lie: “I’m no good at writing resumes.”

Truth:  Writing a resume is a skill you can easily learn.  Read a book or a few articles on what experts recommend.  There are plenty of available resources to help you learn how to write an effective resume.  Write and revise a couple of drafts and then ask for feedback from a few people you trust.  If you still aren’t feeling comfortable, hire a professional resume coach. You can always save a few bucks by doing most of the work yourself and having a resume coach put on the final touches to make your resume shine.

Lie: “I’m always nervous and get anxiety over job interviews”

Truth:  Believe it or not, interviewing for a job is a skill you can learn, but there are a few keys to success:

  • Be the most prepared candidate you can be by researching and learning everything possible about the company with whom you are interviewing and the person that will be interviewing you
  • You should interview the company and hiring manager to find out if you want the position as much as they are interviewing you. By being prepared, you can turn the interview into a conversation between colleagues. This is a great way to stand out from the crowd.

Lie: “I don’t meet the pre-requisites for this job so I shouldn’t even apply.”

Truth:  Pre-requisites in job postings are a list skills and experience for the ideal candidate.  Rarely will any applicant meet all the pre-requisites.

Be The Best At Demonstrating Your Ability To Fulfill Their Needs

Behind every job opening is a need.  If you can demonstrate that you understand and can successfully fill that need better than anyone else, you will be recognized as the best candidate for the job.

Finding your dream job is hard work and you need every advantage you can get. Mental preparation for your job search can help you avoid the negativity that will sabotage your job search.  Focusing on truths and positive self-talk keep you feeling optimistic and energized to go out and find your dream job.

About Noel Watts

Noel Watts is the owner of Compass Consulting, LLC which provides strategic and operational consulting as well as contract staffing throughout the United States. Noel has more than 20 year of experience with a documented history of success in leadership roles in sales, operations and strategic planning. Noel is passionate about personal development, coaching and mentoring. As an online entrepreneur, Noel started as a way to help people realize their lifestyle goals by finding their dream job. Noel is available for private and group coaching sessions and speaking engagements.
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