JOB SEARCH / NOV. 13, 2013
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Using the Power of Psychology To Boost Your Job Search

Searching for a job can be an emotionally draining task. It’s hard to keep up with the never-ending job applications, interviews, and the stress of having to deal with rejections from employers. Finding ways to reinforce positive thought patterns and implementing productive strategies are the best coping mechanisms according to a book called “Fearless Job Hunting: Powerful Psychological Strategies for Getting the Job You Want.” Co-written by Dr. Bill Knaus and others, this book offers productive psychological insights for jobseekers.

Everyone has experienced stress that stems from job searches - the pursuit of your ideal career can become a complete nightmare! Dealing with the psychological impact of looking for work is something that can eventually take its toll on the best of us. Regardless of your job aspirations dealing with anxiety, pressure will enable you to keep your job search on the right track whilst yielding the results you want.

One of the key aspects that this book outlines is that jobseekers should observe the long-term goals of their job search by defining, and refining their own tactics in pursuit of employment:

“Get rolling on a successful job search by creating a positive work environment for conducting your search, producing a job-hunting profile that represents your strengths, interests and values, designing a powerful résumé and cover letter, getting job referrals through networking and using search firms productively.”

This is sound advice for anyone navigating the competitive job market. Recent statistics in the UK are concerning showing that two-thirds of job applications do not progress to interview stage. It is very important that your applications stand out, because employers receive numerous responses to job ads - the book’s reference to ensuring that your applications meet the standards that employers are looking for is just the first step in how psychology can transform your job search.

Another thought provoking issue that this book raises is something that any jobseeker should personally address, the concept of “Entitlement Thinking:”

“Fearful job hunters believe they must get what they want in the next job, whether its guaranteed security, respect, or indispensability. Otherwise the job is not worth it. That’s rarely a realistic way to view a job.

Searching for employment can be very frustrating as well, however, managing your expectations, and aiming for realistic goals is a healthy, positive approach to your job search. Interestingly, many of these concepts either encourages or advocates ways to overcome “psychological obstacles,” counteract damaging behavioural patterns like narcissism, and other problematic types of emotional instability that people face when they either fail or are unable to secure employment.

Tackling notions of "limiting beliefs" when applying for jobs for example is at the core of how you can implement many of the psychological strategies and ideas in this book. Teaching jobseekers to “Pressure-Proof Yourself” is an excellent concept which provides an in-depth understanding for individuals who have recently lost their job.

Regardless of which stage you are currently in with your job search, psychological tactics can help you find your dream job. The methods and thought process that are highlighted by Dr. Bill Knaus and his co-authors are valuable when it comes to how you should go about finding employment, and will help you maintain a balanced attitude mentally towards your job search as well. This book is an ideal read if you are a graduate looking for employment, making a transition from part-time to full time work, or if you are looking for ways to enhance your career.

 

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