With the rare exceptions of an individual born into a family with an established business, or a person born into substantial wealth, the majority of us have to look for a job at some point in our lives. Many of us have had this experience several times in our lives.
According to the Economist (October 21, 2017) data from America’s Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that workers age 25 and older are averaging 5.1 years, just a little higher than in 1983. Considering that many of us will work at least 40 years we’ll hold about 7.84 positions during our career.
Why we’re looking for work varies substantially. Some of us hold fresh degrees and are looking for that first serious job. Others are at the breaking point in their current position – feverishly looking for a way out. Some people may have experienced a layoff, had their position eliminated, were fired, or the company they worked for went out of business.
Most people would agree that looking for work isn’t fun. At its worst, the job hunt can be nerve-wracking, demoralizing, and energy-sucking, or at its best, it can be exciting, exhilarating, and full of positive anticipation. It’s all in the way we approach life (our mindset) and the way we approach the search.
It’s absolutely crucial that when looking for the next “perfect” position, that you maintain a positive attitude. No interviewer will be receptive to desperation. No matter how low you may feel, those emotions cannot be apparent to the person you’re speaking with on the phone or across the desk from. In fact, working on your mindset might be the single most beneficial action you can take at the start of the search. The proper mindset lays the foundation to a successful search.
Another critical aspect of a productive search is preparation. Background research on the company, the position, and its culture, are all important efforts that lead to successfully navigating the employment search.