Mindset check for job seekers - are you in the right mindset when you're putting yourself out there for a new role? Below are some helpful tips on how I shifted my mindset on the current job market and how you could use the same approach to assist your job search.
The no.1 most commonly asked question I've had as a recruiter is - "What is the current job market like?" The most commonly used word to describe the current job market is "challenging" along with "competitive", and this is something I've definitely been guilty of myself.
After speaking to a lot of candidates during this pandemic, I've noticed that by using the word "challenging" and "competitive", it automatically shifts our mindset into a negative state. I'm not denying that the job market is challenging or competitive, but there is definitely a better word that you could use to positively shift your mindset during your job search.
A new word I've been using to describe the current job market now is "different" because we ARE living in a different world. By using this word, we can ask ourselves:
How can I approach my job search differently?
What can I do differently to change how I position myself as a candidate?
How can I network in a different way?
How can I communicate differently?
By asking ourselves these questions, we're focusing our energy on the possibilities and the future, rather than on the negatives - that the job market is too competitive and challenging.
When you start taking a positive approach, it will make a world of a difference in how you present yourself as an applicant and how you show up in interviews - even in the virtual world.
If you're interested in discussing your job search and want to get ideas on what you could do differently to stand out, feel free to reach out to our consultants to discuss your next career move.