Learning from your job search mistakes

12.06.2012


Learning from your job search mistakes
Learning from your job search mistakes

It was Michael Jordan who said he's failed over and over again and his life, but that's why he succeeds. The same mindset can be applied to your job search, and could actually help you out the most when the going gets tough, PolicyMic reports.

According to the news source, as exciting and promising as a job search can be, it can also turn sour in a flash, leaving you confused, angry and perhaps more jaded about job seeking. However, brooding over questions and moping will do nothing to help you land a position. Rather, there is great opportunity in failure, as it gives you the chance to identify areas of your search that may need to be improved upon. It could even give you a renewed sense of vigor to net a job or work through an employment agency to find one.

Aneil Mishra, managing partner of Total Trust Coaching and Consulting, recently wrote on the difficulties he faced in finding a job as a professor after receiving his Ph.D. His first choice, Harvard, was known to be a longshot, however he said that by starting with the hardest, he was prepared for anything.

"I obviously didn’t get the job offer from Harvard ... but I interviewed in a very competitive year when getting just one job offer would have been a big success," he wrote. "I succeeded in part because no other school was going to be as tough as Harvard was at interviewing me, or if it was, I had already gone through the gauntlet and was much better prepared.  How I became prepared for the schools after Harvard was critical."

Getting back on your horse
The same thought process can be applied to any job search, he added. According to the news source, failure at some level is unavoidable, so it's best to learn to make the most of it.

First, it is important to review the failure with a mentor or peer. This outside perspective may give you clarity on exactly what you need to work on before your next interview. Equally important, Mishra writes, is to get up as soon as you fall, and get back to practicing.

"Even though I’d rehearsed my job talk many times, I practiced again after I’d made presentation changes in following my Harvard interview," he wrote. "I encouraged my audiences to be as tough as possible, because that could only help me when I faced tough audiences at other schools."

Keeping your chin up
Mishra also stressed the importance of keeping a positive outlook throughout the entire job search, even when it appears nothing is going your way. Even if you are turned down for a position, remember that you've still expanded your network of contacts, which by itself is a huge win during any job search, and you likely received feedback regarding a hiring decision that you can leverage to do better next time.

Along the lines of staying positive, always make sure to feel - and express - gratitude for every opportunity you are given. The contacts you make while interviewing for a position or through a staffing company may be reluctant to accept your LinkedIn request if you walk away bitter or without thanking them for their time.

According to Forbes, staying positive during your job search can be made tremendously easier by making sure to keep a routine and staying disciplined throughout the entire process. Because even in the worst of times, your perseverance will likely pay off. 

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