3 Better Ways to Define Success for Yourself (That Don’t Include Salary)

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Getting a raise, being promoted, landing a sought-after job: Most of us equate these milestones with success .

And while these achievements are cause for celebration, they’re not the only way to judge your career.

Real, lasting success stems from identifying what fulfills you most, and then allowing those things to influence your daily work and future career decisions. I know that sounds like a challenging task, but you can get started today by asking yourself three clarifying questions.

1. “What Are My Values When it Comes to Work?”

It’s easy for days, weeks, and even months to fly by when you’re consumed by the day-to-day pressures of your job. But, that’s how people end up spending years in a career path that they aren’t quite sure is right for them.

It’s essential that you put aside time to think about the bigger picture: where you are, what you find fulfilling, and where you want to be.

Is your work challenging? Do you appreciate an environment that celebrates risk-taking? Do you want more opportunities to flex your creative muscles?

Answering these questions requires a lot of self-reflection. But, taking the time to tackle these topics can help you discover more about yourself and your long-term goals. It’ll help you zero in on how you define success , so you move toward achieving it.

For example, it could be that you’re not making as much money as someone you know in a similar role at a different company, but they feel like their days are filled with mundane tasks and you’re given many more opportunities to grow and learn and pursue projects that interest you.

2. “Whose Career Do I Admire?”

The answer might be a family member, a friend, or a former colleague. It doesn’t need to be an influencer or even someone in your direct line of work. (Though, it’s OK if it is!)

Think about someone who inspires you, and ask yourself why you consider that person to be successful. Is it because of the industry they work in? The amount of travel they get to do? Or, maybe it’s because of the impact they have on people’s lives?

Maybe you know someone who you see as a real trailblazer in her field. She’s constantly taking risks and innovating, and as a result asked to participate in pretty cool opportunities. Once you’re able to pinpoint the elements of her career that you love, you can allow those characteristics to inform your own path.

What’s more, don’t be afraid to use that person as a resource and a mentor. Reaching out for advice and confiding in someone about your ambitions can be intimidating, but remember that people want to help and see you succeed. Having someone to talk to as you work toward your goals makes staying focused and navigating the ups and downs of your career path seem a whole lot more manageable.

If you’re unsure how to go about that, here are the secrets to turning someone you admire into a real-life mentor

3. “What Impact Do I Want to Have?”

Many people want to do meaningful work, but are held back by a one-dimensional view of what that means. For example, you might initially think that this only applies to people who work at nonprofits.

But there are lots of ways to make a difference. For example, it could be that you’re most engaged when you’re designing useful products, or motivating a team, or working directly with customers.

To feel impactful in your work, hone in on specific areas within your organization, field, or community in which you’d like to see change happen—and allow that to influence your goals, both in the short and long-term.

Change will not come overnight, but identifying how you’d like to leave your mark, and working toward that leads to professional fulfillment.

Answering these three questions may seem like a tall order, so start small. Grab a notebook (or start a new note in your phone) as your go-to place for when inspiration strikes. When you feel energized about something, jot it down. When you meet someone who impresses you, scribble their name and what you learned.

Continue this process—observe, reflect, repeat—until your own goals become clearer. Once they do, you’ll have a well-researched jumping off point for how you want to pursue career success.

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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5 Things Your Mother Always Said That Turned Out to Be Great Work Advice

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Had it up to here with work?

Your mom probably told you there’d be days like that, and anything worth having doesn’t come easy. She probably also told you that “Mom knows best.”

And while you wouldn’t have believed it at the time, all of those momismsslowly started to stick: Hard work does pay off, you shouldn’t spend more than you make, and trust is earned, not given.

Basically, Mom did know best, and her advice transcends age. So if you’re stuck in a rut at work, here are a few things your mama always told you that you can apply at the office.

1. Enough is Enough

Mom knew when she’d had it. But we’re not always great about drawing the line when it comes to ourselves—or our work habits. But turns out, science backs our mothers up, and after a certain point, enough work is enough.

Act like the parent of your own work habits and set some boundaries for yourself. Work-life balance is an elusive concept, but try sticking to consistent working hours, avoiding your email on weekends, and taking a lunch break out of the office. Having specific time set aside for yourself and your work will help you feel refreshed and focused.

And even if you pride yourself on having a great work-life balance, work can still have an impact on your body. Here’s a mom-approved habit to try: During your working hours, use the 20-20-20 method. Your eyes need a time out, too, so after 20 minutes of screen time, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to prevent strain and dry eye.

2. Don’t You Know I’ve Got Eyes in the Back of my Head

Once, you couldn’t get away with anything. Now you’re a hard-working, responsible adult—and your boss is acting like you’re in your bedroom with the “tutor” and a suspiciously long silence. Maybe Mom’s vigilance was for your own good, but a micromanager in the office can be soul crushing.

When you’re faced with this situation, try sitting down with your manager to walk through your goals and schedule weekly check-ins so they still feel on top of what you’re doing, without controlling every step of the way. And make sure to stay on top of projects and work towards those goals—remember, you’re proving to to your boss you’re responsible, just like you had to do with mom back in the day. Once you do? They’ll (hopefully!) start to move away from the constant oversight.

3. Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

You know by now that you have to work hard for your money, and it (unfortunately) doesn’t grow on trees. It will grow, though, as long as you’re thinking about it smartly and (as Mom did always say) saving it for a rainy day.

Or in this case, retirement. Financial expert Dave Ramsey suggests saving 5% of your salary, to be increased every year until you’re socking away 15% or more.

Where to put that money? The first should be your 401(k). If your company will match, start by saving enough to kick that in. Then open a Roth IRA, contributing in increasing amounts until you’re at the maximum allowable.

4. Your Face is Going to Stick like That

Dr. Alan Fridlund, a scientist who spent years researching facial expressions, concluded that your pouts and winces are not so much expressions of internal emotion bubbling to the surface as they are messages beamed out for others to interpret.

What signal are you sending with that eye-pop at the news of a sudden business trip? To your boss it may not convey the shock you are feeling, but rather dissatisfaction with her decision. If you scowl often, you may be viewed as negative, resentful, or even insubordinate.

So if your face is going to stick like that, let it be in the form of a warm smile. Not only is it scientifically proven to make you happier—but also, your boss is hard-wired to smile back. Yes, even yours!

5. Someday You Will Thank Me for This

Why do you make me eat this when Janie’s mom lets her have marshmallow fluff with Cheetos? Try as she might, your mother could never answer this question to your satisfaction.

Cheese-coated fingers once seemed the ultimate reward—but a couple decades on, you know making your own turkey and lettuce on rye started your well-fed cells on a lifelong journey of healthy decisions.

The lesson for today? When work gets tough, and you’re looking around at everyone else’s seemingly breezy jobs, take the long view. When you look back, what will you say you have learned or gained from this experience? Flexibility learned under a mercurial manager? Extra thousands in your portfolio? Thank your job now, not “one day,” as no matter what, it’s getting you closer to your goals.

Oh, and thank your mom, too—for this advice, and for all the other pearls of wisdom she’s shared along the way.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-things-your-mother-always-said-that-turned-out-to-be-great-work-advice

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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4 Reasons You’re Ambivalent About the Job Search (and How to Tackle Each One)

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You’ve decided you want to change companies. But, that’s about as far as you’ve managed to get. Each time you sit down to actually dig through some open positions, quantify your bullet points, and tailor your resume, you just think, “Meh.”

Sure, you could do this today. But, there’s always tomorrow, right?

Spoiler alert: Tomorrow never comes, and you’re left wondering why you’re so ambivalent about your job search. Why can’t you ever manage to actually roll up your sleeves and get started?

You aren’t alone. There are plenty of reasons that people continue to push this off. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones—as well as how to overcome them—so that you can get started on your hunt for a new gig today, rather than tomorrow.

1. You’re Not Sure What You Want

When it comes to what you’re looking for in a new job, you only have one piece of criteria: Something that’s different from what you’re doing currently.

That’s not much helpful information to operate with. And, feeling completely unclear on your goals will make the job search feel that much more endless and overwhelming.

Do This

You need to gain some clarity on what you’re searching for in your next position. Fortunately, there are tons of things you can do to narrow your options.

Start by playing a fun game of career MadLibs with these nine revealing questions. If you see some patterns? It’s time to do some research into that specific field—including setting up some coffee chats to learn from people in that industry.

Doing so will give you some much-needed direction, which will ultimately make you feel that much more excited.

2. You’re Not That Unhappy Where You Are

You’re not exactly thrilled with your current gig. But, you’re not that unhappyeither. The work is decent, your pay and benefits are good, you like your co-workers, and you’re pretty comfortable.

Sure, you have a bit of an itch to try something new and get to the next rung of that proverbial ladder. But, the desire isn’t quite strong enough to really light a fire under you.

Do This

The first thing you need to do here is to determine whether or not you actually want a new job, or if you just feel like you should have one. I recommend making a standard pros and cons list (gotta love those, right?) to help you figure out your next move.

If you discover you’re actually pretty content and satisfied with your current situation? That’s great—there’s no job search to be ambivalent about!

But, if you uncover that you really would like a new role, it’s time to get yourself motivated. Take Muse columnist Julia Corbett’s advice and make yourself an actionable to-do list with smaller tasks that you can check off one-by-one.

3. You’re Scared

Change can be downright scary. Maybe your goals feel so lofty and out of reach that you’re terrified to put yourself out there. Or, perhaps the constant threat of rejection is enough to keep you frozen in your tracks.

You’re not wrong to be intimidated by your job search—pretty much everybody feels that way at one point or another. But, at the same time (forgive me for sounding like a cheesy commencement speech), you don’t want your fear to be the one thing that holds you back from doing big things.

Do This

As career coach Christie Mims says in her article on how to get over those feelings of intimidation in your job search, “Action is the enemy of fear.”

Take her advice and start by figuring out what exactly is scaring you. Is it fear of the unknown? Rejection? Failure? Change? Money worries? Are you scared your current employer will find out? Whatever your reason is, write it down.

Now, think of the smartest person you know and imagine the advice that he or she would give you. Write that down as well. Then, take a deep breath and read that encouraging guidance.

With that helpful confidence boost in the back of your mind, pick just one thing (yes, only one!) you can do to get started. Maybe it’s revamping your resume or polishing up your LinkedIn profile. Or, perhaps you want to search through listings or set up a networking meeting. Begin with that one thing, and you’ll be well on your way to squelching your fear and starting your search!

4. You’re Unmotivated

There’s no sugarcoating it—looking for a new job is hard work. For most of us, identifying keywords and tailoring our resume probably isn’t our idea of the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Sure, you want a new gig. But, you don’t quite want it bad enough to have to make those sacrifices.

But, alas, you need to invest the time and the effort in order to be successful in your job hunt—no matter how groan-worthy it seems. Sorry, there’s no easy way out.

Do This

Many of the above tips—such as making an actionable to-do list—can help you in this scenario. However, whenever I’m feeling low on motivation, there’s one trick I find to be the most helpful.

Identify the core reason that you want to find a new job. Whether you hate your current role or are looking for a step up, a salary increase, or to relocate somewhere new, zone in on the one thing that’s fueling your search.

Write that down and keep it somewhere prominent—stick it to your computer monitor if you have to! Then, in those moments when you’re thinking of pushing your search off yet again, take a look at that reason and internalize it.

Much like dieting, job searching becomes that much easier if you can keep your eyes focused on the end game—and not so much on the day-to-day drudgery.

The hunt for a new job can be this weird combination of exciting, intimidating, and incredibly daunting. And, that emotional rollercoaster ride can sometimes be enough to make us feel totally ambivalent. We couldstart today, but we could also start tomorrow—or the next day.

Like anything else, getting started is half the battle. So, if you identify with any of these reasons, take that advice to heart and just get moving. You’re bound to feel that much more motivated once you manage to put one foot in front of the other.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-reasons-youre-ambivalent-about-the-job-search-and-how-to-tackle-each-one

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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A New Approach to Figure Out What You’re Meant to Do

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Way back in school, when you first thought about the working world, I bet you had a pretty limited view of what kinds of jobs existed: Doctor, teacher, lawyer, and, maybe accountant.

But even though, you eventually learned that there were lots of other careers out there, you probably still had a limited view of what to do with your life. Based on your education, your upbringing, and maybe how many episodes of “CSI” you’d watched, you began to formulate a vision. Instead of starting with “What do I like to do?” you started at the end, trying to fit your future a box that made sense with your life and learning thus far.

The result? The problem? Many of us end up in jobs that aren’t quite right, simply because we didn’t know there were other options.

My friend Lisa is a great example. A successful executive at a digital marketing agency for many years, she realized she wasn’t happy. She mulled over a career transition and decided that what she really wanted to do was help people. She assumed that meant returning to grad school for a counseling degree.

On the eve of her first day of classes, she realized that it wasn’t counseling that drove her per se; it was the “helping” part—something she’d done successfully without a masters. Instead of pursuing this degree, she found a way to put her skills and interest to use, and she’s now a well-respected career coach at my company.

What you really need to do if you want to carve a new path for yourself is examine what’s brought you joy and fulfillment in the past. You can put together a full picture of the type of activities, work environment, and organization in which you’d be most satisfied—before you commit to an expensive degree or training program.

What Lisa did, essentially, and what you can do, too—is “follow the breadcrumbs” to figure out what you’re meant to do. Here’s how to get started:

1. Look Behind You

If you’re over the age of 25, your past is full of experiences that are loaded with clues. Think back to previous work experiences, school and volunteer projects, interactions with friends and co-workers, and ask yourself:

  • What do people consistently turn to me for? Help in prepping their presentations? Wardrobe or home styling suggestions? Advice on how to handle sticky interpersonal situations?
  • What do I love so much I’d do for free? You may not be able to build a career out of whitewater rafting or cartooning, but think about this information as a jumping-off point.
  • What do I do at work that’s not a part of my job, and why do I do it (even when it’s not my job and why)? Do you offer to create presentations, plan the holiday party, negotiate the cell phone bill? What motivates you to do these “extra” things? Is it a desire to help others, learn new skills, solve problems?

2. Look Around You

It’s important to look at your current environment, how you got there, what floats your boat—and what doesn’t. Ask yourself:

  • What do I love about my working environment right now? Friday happy hours, no micromanaging, latest in tech tools?
  • What would I change? More professional development, ability to telecommute, more collaboration?
  • What can I not do without? Autonomy, flex hours, involved boss?

Review your answers to find patterns. Do you thrive in independent working situations, or do you love being part of a collaborative team? Do you like to research and build to an optimal solution, or do you prefer solving in-the-moment problems and challenges under a deadline? Do you get a lot of satisfaction from helping coach or teach others? You may want to get assistance from a friend or coach at this point, as sometimes it’s tough to find commonalities on your own

3. Look Ahead

Once you’ve got a good sense of what you love (and don’t love) about where you are and where you’ve been, you can apply those findings to your future.

If you’ve discovered you enjoy solving urgent problems, especially those involving interpersonal conflict, ask yourself where you could find someone with those skills. Ask others. Investigate. Do a Google search.

For instance, a simple Google search on “Great jobs for conflict resolution” brings up several opportunities you might not have considered. You can do the same search with “Jobs for funny people,” “Jobs for good communicators,” or “Jobs for people with great taste buds.”

Don’t rush through this important stage. I’ve noticed that my clients often undergo what psychologists call “attention bias. Once you become aware of something, you start to see it in unexpected places. Let this phenomenon work for you, and use this cognitive illusion to your advantage by giving it time and attention.

Take your findings and notice how it expands your horizons. Maybe your ears perk up when your neighbor mentions that her cousin works as a contract negotiator. Over dinner with your best friend’s parents, you learn that there’s a huge demand for people with great negotiation skills in the retail industry.

The goal is to grow your concept of where your most enjoyable and fulfilling skills and talents can be employed.

Once you’ve got a sense of the types of roles that sound interesting and the kinds of companies that appeal to you, it’s up to you to go out and explore more deeply. There’s so much more in the world than our limited view of what “work” entails. Open your eyes to the possibilities. It’s easy to find opportunities when you know how and where to look.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/a-new-approach-to-figure-out-what-youre-meant-to-do

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

ARE YOU TODAY’S TOP TALENT LOOKING FOR A NEW ROLE? Do you want assurance that you are represented by the best and have opportunities open to you within exceptional workplaces? Have you heard that being presented by a boutique search firm is the edge you need to get in the door and have your opportunity to shine? Contact us at 415-234-0707 or email at connect@superiansources.com – http://www.SuperianSources.com

 

There’s Someone Who Knows What Your Job Will Look Like in 10 Years, and He Says Change is Coming

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As Atlassian’s work futurist and head of research and development, Dom knows a thing or two about where the world of work is heading. He’s spent the last decade studying how teams work and the way workplaces are evolving to changes in technology and culture.

According to him, we’re in for some serious shifts over the next few years. And how companies and professionals adapt to these changes will determine who wins—and who gets left behind.

Businesses Find Purpose

By 2025, Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce. With that influx of young talent comes the belief that businesses should have an increased focus on business for social good, not just profit. In fact, making a difference in the world around them is one of Millennials’ biggest priorities, especially when it comes to career motivation.

“A common trait we’ve seen amongst the Millennials we’ve hired at Atlassian is a desire to have a bigger impact and to find social purpose in their work,” Dom said. “They want to feel a stronger passion for what they do and a greater sense of connection to the value their work brings to the world.” The ability to have a positive impact, he added, is often valued more highly than salaries and bonuses.

Businesses that want to attract and retain top talent in the years ahead will have to find ways to give back, and the smartest organizations are already doing so.

Leadership Will Look Different

Once upon a time, making your way up the ranks to senior management meant paying your dues over the course of a few decades. But as businesses strive to respond to increasing competition and rapid technological advancement, even the largest organizations are beginning to realize that years of experience are just one of the many ways someone can become a great leader.

Dom noted the notion of leadership is moving away from just “tenure” and toward “aptitude.” Great leaders can be found at any and every age.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no role for those with decades of experience.

“In an age of AI, automation, and robotics, there’s definitely still value and positions for Baby Boomers as ‘wisdom’ workers, where they utilize their unique experience, resilience, and logic,” Dom said.

The Workplace Becomes Your Place

Between phone calls, texting, email, and other workplace notification tools, it can feel like you never leave work behind. All this interconnectedness can make it harder to find balance, but according to Dom, there’s a silver lining. Tech is enabling smart businesses to re-examine where and when work happens.

“With remote, distributed, and flexible work becoming more common, the average teammate is being given the autonomy to manage their time and their work,” he said. “Not everyone is their most effective between nine and five, or at a desk.”

In the near future, the companies that come out on top will be those that recognize the benefits of being flexible with time and space.

“At Atlassian, we create an open environment that gives teams a chance to innovate and people to bring their best selves to work every day,” Dom said.

The Pyramid Gets Flattened

Today’s model of top-down leadership is a holdover from the early industrial era, where companies needed armies of manual laborers and only a few “knowledge workers.” But thanks to advances in technology, the old pyramid-shaped org charts may soon be a thing of the past.

“For leaders, the key methodologies of the past focused on control and fear. Control as much as possible, and make sure everyone is a bit afraid of you,” he said. “But modern leadership doesn’t work that way. Forward-thinking companies are beginning to adopt an open work model that frees and empowers workers to be as creative as they want, leverages emerging technologies to share their creations across team, discipline and geographic boundaries and drives incredibly fast growth. The point in hiring a diversity of smart and curious people isn’t to control them, but help them tap into their potential. Give them purpose, autonomy, and space to master their craft.”

According to Dom, this may be one of the biggest challenges organizations will face in the next few years. To prepare for that shift, he stressed that leaders need to become self-aware of their own habits and make an effort to unlearn any old, top-down behaviors. Those who don’t may have a hard time attracting and keeping top performers.

What These Changes Mean for You

For companies, these shifts can seem scary. But for you, these changes carry a ton of upside. Workplaces are getting more flexible and inclusive, org structures are getting flatter and more democratic, and the global nature of today’s businesses means people have more opportunities to make a bigger impact. Stay sharp, keep your head in the game, and, now that you know what’s coming, be extra choosy when looking for your next gig.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/theres-someone-who-knows-what-your-job-will-look-like-in-10-years-and-he-says-change-is-coming

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

ARE YOU TODAY’S TOP TALENT LOOKING FOR A NEW ROLE? Do you want assurance that you are represented by the best and have opportunities open to you within exceptional workplaces? Have you heard that being presented by a boutique search firm is the edge you need to get in the door and have your opportunity to shine? Contact us at 415-234-0707 or email at connect@superiansources.com – http://www.SuperianSources.com

 

The 2 Things You Need to Remember When You’re Burned on the Job Search

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I’ve had a winding career path, complete with long-distance moves and changing industries. So, I’ve had a lot of experience applying to—and losing out on—roles at various companies.

Being turned down is always disappointing. I once had a hiring manager call me—and send a follow-up letter—to explain that I did a great job and only lost out because my competition had 10 more years of experience. While that was thoughtful, I was still upset.

On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve also been burned on the job search—big time. Like having a company steal my work then ghost me, or keep me hanging on for months only to decide not to fill the role at all.

It probably goes without saying, but the latter two experiences made me want to give up. Yet since I needed to work, that wasn’t an option. So, I had to learn how to keep going, even when I was feeling really disheartened about the whole process.

Here’s what I kept in mind to stay motivated:

1. It Could Just Be Part of the Process

You accept that some parts of job hunting—like filling out multi-page forms, when you’ll be attaching your resume anyhow—are annoying, but required. It helps to view all of the crappy parts of the process (even the rejections that can feel more personal) this way.

Applied for a job and heard nothing back? Normal. Asked someone for an informational interview and heard nothing back? Normal. Received a form letter about not being the best fit, after you thought things went well? Normal. Got ghosted—even after the final round of interviews? Normal.

Part of staying positive throughout your search is managing your expectations. If you prepare yourself for rejection, and remember that other candidates experience this too, you can avoid the why am I being treated this way? rabbit hole and stay focused. (And if you’re unsure if what you’re going through is normal read this.)

2. It Could Help You in the Future

Then again, there are also times when you’ll be treated in a way that you don’t think is OK. For example, if someone agrees to meet you for an informational interview, and stands you up. Or if the hiring manager tells you have the role verbally—and then ghosts you.

In this instance, reflect on everything that was atypical about your experience, so you can assure yourself you’ll avoid it in the future. When my work was stolen, I was working with a consultant who didn’t have an official title with or email address at the company and just told me she was authorized to hire me on their behalf. In retrospect, there’s no way I should’ve sent her pages of ideas at this stage.

So, if you get a gut feeling that you’re not being treated the right way, listen to it. Then look back on all of your communication with the company previously. Are there red flags you can be on the lookout for the next time?

Sometimes, the best way to move on is to reassure yourself you learned what you needed to so you aren’t burned again.

As a job candidate, you’re vulnerable. You’re putting yourself out there because you need a job or because you want something better for yourself. And when in response, someone makes you feel cheated, or led on, or absolutely horrible, it’s hard to dig in and keep going.

However, the last thing you want is to let a bad experience keep you from meeting your ultimate goal. Instead, use it as drive to keep going and find a company that’ll make you feel valued from the moment you first apply.

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