HOW CAN YOU BUILD CAREER RESILIENCE?
The working world is a tough place to be and people don’t often find success straight away.
You could find yourself in a position or company that is disappointing, or you could be struggling to move onto a more fulfilling role. For this reason, it is important to be flexible, positive and professional so that you are resilient enough to keep constructing the career that you want.
But how do you do this? Our team of recruitment experts have created the ultimate blueprint of how you can stay strong, find your next role and build career resilience.
Lay the foundations
There comes a time in many people’s careers when they simply struggle to find a new job and often there are three reasons for this:
- You’re not making it to the interview stage.
- You’re not applying for enough jobs.
- You’re not finding success at the interview.
It would be easy to give up in the face of these adversities, but you need to be positive and to work out why you’re not progressing. Sometimes it might be that the right job for you just hasn’t come along yet, but it’s important to reflect and ask yourself the following:
- Am I completing each part of the application process to the best of my ability?
- Are the jobs I’m applying for the best opportunities for me?
- What can I learn from each application I’m making?
- Am I applying for enough jobs? Yes, application processes can often be time-consuming but it’s important that you explore lots of different opportunities. This is where working with a recruiter can be a huge benefit as they will do a lot of the heavy lifting for you!
- Review your CV and ensure that it isn’t holding you back. Sometimes you might have overlooked the basics like formatting and contact details.
If it’s really starting to get you down then take a break for a few days, reflect on the kind of role that you really want and then approach your search with a refreshed mindset.
Dig a little deeper
Recovering from rejection in any form is hard to do and is probably the main reason why you need to build resilience in your career. It can be very disheartening if you are ‘rejected’ from a role that you felt passionately about or were excited to take on. This is the time where you have to dig deep, overcome your hurt feelings and set yourself on the path for success.
But how can you do this?
- Turn that smile upside down! Rather than seeing a job rejection as wholly negative, reframe the experience in a positive way. Maybe you can learn from what happened and ensure that you make the most of the next opportunity or maybe you realise that the ‘rejection’ was actually a blessing in disguise.
- Develop self-awareness. Take the opportunity to analyse yourself and how you approached the interview process. What could you do differently next time? What would you change if you could do it all again? Self-awareness will make you more personable and much more resilient for the next interview.
- Don’t take it personally. Accept that not every job is right for you and that this one wasn’t meant to be. The right position and some fantastic new colleagues might be just around the corner!
Prepare for video interviews
Being resilient means being able to confidently face situations where you may be out of your comfort zone. Video interviews are becoming increasingly common but can often make even the most seasoned interviewee feel uncomfortable or anxious. Follow these top tips and you’ll be able to get through your next video interview unscathed:
- Do your research, learn as much as you can about the company in advance and be prepared with questions.
- Have a pen and paper ready so you can take notes.
- Dress professionally, you never know when you might have to stand up!
- Check your equipment like your Wi-Fi, microphone, username
- Practice being on-camera and try and be just as personable with your computer as you are in person!
- Check your environment – make sure you’re in a quiet, well-lit room, free of any clutter in the background and with minimal distractions.
Being organised for scenarios like video interviews will make you feel more positive and make you much more resilient!
Take the next step
So, you’ve managed to do it and you have secured a new job! There’s only one last hurdle to overcome now . . . handing in your notice! Make sure that your transition to your new role starts smoothly and avoid a ton of bricks raining down on you from your old boss by following these tips:
- Write a professional resignation letter including how much notice you are giving, when your last day will be and end it in a positive and polite manner.
- Leave on good terms – it may be tempting to let your employer know what you really think about them, but we’d advise against it. You’ll need them as a reference, and they may become a future client, customer or supplier.
- Be respectful and don’t publicise your departure before you have had a professional conversation with your manager.
- Consider counteroffers carefully – your current employer may try to entice you to stay with an offer of a better salary. If your motivations weren’t purely financial then remember your reasons for wanting to leave in the first place and stick to your guns.