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Constant rejections or non-responses from potential employers is highly defeating as we all know, and jobseekers often take it hard. It weakens their self-confidence. So how do they get past that? ~ kimberlyjmyers


reblog from Kimberly J Myers

Isn’t it interesting how messages seem to come in clusters? Lately I off-handedly quoted to my daughter the old saying “you only hurt the ones you love,” and she started laughing, saying that was the third time she’d heard someone say that very thing that day. An hour later, we heard it again on TV. We both had to laugh.

Last week I had a similar experience. At a support group I heard a man say, “You can teach a person a lot of things, but you cannot teach them personality.” It reminded me of an interviewing workshop I sat in on, featuring some local employers and recruiters. One said, “I can teach an employee how to use our computer system or how to improve their productivity, but I cannot teach someone passion. They have to learn that for themselves.”

I’ve said time and again the importance of keeping a positive attitude when talking to employers or recruiters. I can pick a bad attitude at 50 paces, and employer can pick them far before I can. I can also pick up on discouragement, just like a dog can sense fear.

That’s not unusual for someone looking for work right now. Constant rejections or non-responses from potential employers is highly defeating as we all know, and jobseekers often take it hard. It weakens their self-confidence. So how do they get past that?

Go back to why you love the job in the first place. Find your passion. Then articulate it. That’s what the employers want to hear anyway.

But what if you don’t really like the job you’re doing? Either find what you like about it or find something that does stimulate your passion. Dr. Randall S. Hansen, in his book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Choosing a College Major, says,

Finding a career that you have a passion for is all about obtaining fulfillment. Some of these jobs may also not be the highest-paying jobs in the world, but career passion is not about the money, it’s about how the job makes you feel inside.”

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on October 7, 2012 at 11:50pm

I agree with you on this Peter! Many of us have chosen the "career path" we ought to know will satisfy us then eventually realize that our passion is not there. We're not happy. We're not satisfied. So take time to listen to your guts or instinct. Ask yourself what you really want to do so that in the end you won't regret it. Love the advice of "Go back to why you love the job in the first place. Find your passion. Then articulate it." 

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Comment by Peter A Ferguson on October 2, 2012 at 10:07am

It is a difficult message to digest - I've been a victim of being "good" at something or being plugged into something that was "needed" bad. It gives a short term boost to confidence, but wears you out over time and leads to burn out, mid-life crisis, etc. 

Thanks for your comments! 

Comment by Ann Musico on October 2, 2012 at 8:33am

I truly love this - work from your strength instead of from that place of need, which is weakness.  And it's definitely something that can be sensed immediately.

Comment by Seth Haigh on October 2, 2012 at 8:27am

Agreed. The silence of non-response is deafening in any conversation - and even worse when you've put your best success stories on a resume and sent it to someone who said they wanted to know.

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