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  string(5747) "As recruitment professionals we see many and varied candidates in the course of our day to day work, my first ever mentor in recruitment once said to me that there is a job out there for every candidate and every candidate can find the right job! That has stuck with me over the years and I have always tried to think logically about how I can assist candidates in their quest.

Candidates these days are pretty savvy with interview techniques, writing CV’s and using social media to help them with their career moves. Over the years the employment market has moved and in Australia today there are a series of factors both macroeconomic and domestic that are having a profound effect on the employment market.

Our population is increasing, there are more people in the workforce than ever before and we are just about in recovery mode from a few pretty lean years of economic slowdown. Today’s job market is highly competitive and there are many obstacles in front of candidates trying to secure the right role! It is really important that you, as a candidate, view these obstacles in the right way and push ahead with your job search.

As Thomas Edison once said:

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

For many companies today in their recruitment processes they focus on finding reasons to exclude candidates form a process so you need to ensure that you are proactive in your approach to your job search. Don’t be lazy and rely on LinkedIn or having a Seek profile – you need to be out there in the market making calls chasing feedback. In interviews you should be lively and attentive, try to interview when you are at your best, if you are a morning person interview in the morning. Don’t attend an interview at 6pm if you are going to be half asleep.

So it didn’t work out, you didn’t secure the job or even the interview so what are you going to do about it?  Nothing?  Try a different tack?  Cry?  The way people deal with obstacles has been researched as a major aspect of workplace behaviour.  It is an extra dimension which has previously been confined mainly to the world of clinical psychology. So what does that all mean for you and how will it help your job search?

Below are 5 differentiators that successful people use to deal with obstacles.

They have high levels of energy

This is the energy people deploy in moving towards their goals. It is the energy that gives us the determination, enthusiasm and resilience to formulate and achieve our goals in life.  People with a high energy level are those who see opportunities and are often prepared to take risks to seize them.  People with a lower energy level will often see obstacles in the way of any goals they have and when the going gets tough they will give up earlier than those with higher energy.

They are optimistic

Optimism is a characteristic that is the basis of positive thinking.  It is a psychological resource that gives people a generalised expectancy that they will succeed in their endeavours.  Expected success will in turn give people the will to expend more effort to realise their goals.

Obstacles are stepping stones, not stumbling blocks

When an obstacle arises, successful people are able to generate lots of possible pathways and ultimately select the best one to effectively remove the obstacle.

They spend time on ‘fault-finding’

While it is important to expend considerable effort in looking for the opportunities, it is equally important to ‘look for Murphy’.  Murphy’s famous law, ‘If anything can go wrong, it will’, seems to abound in this age of rapid change.  Time spent on looking for all the potential pitfalls and preparing contingency and preventative action plans is the hallmark of the successful person.

They are future-focused but remember the past and learn from it

For successful people the future is a ‘rosy place’.  Somewhere they want to be.  They are full of hope because they know that things will be better than they are now and better than they have been.  However they can also look back and see how their situation has moved from where it was to where it is now.  They will build on this journey and link past success to the future.

A Question of Balance

These five concepts form the basis of a new measure which can determine the balance of energy people allocate between seeing the opportunities and seeing the obstacles. In your job search you need to strike a balance between these two.

As Zen wisdom says, ‘nothing is possible without three essential elements: a great root of faith, a great ball of doubt and a fierce tenacity of purpose’.

As a candidate looking for your next career opportunity you certainly need that root of faith; it will assist you in continuing to look for opportunities that match your vision and your goals. A tenacity of purpose will give you the persistence to hang in there and seize the opportunities when things initially don’t go your way.

However, also essential is a measure of intelligent doubt that anchors you in reality and prevents you from making mistakes like applying for career moves that are unrealistic. With the right ratio between opportunities and obstacles you can be invincible. So as it is with everything else in life it is not your skills that will get you that career move it is your attitude, fortitude and persistence.

So be a successful person and step away from the crowd and into your next job.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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As recruitment professionals we see many and varied candidates in the course of our day to day work, my first ever mentor in recruitment once said to me that there is a job out there for every candidate and every candidate can find the right job! That has stuck with me over the years and I have always tried to think logically about how I can assist candidates in their quest.

Candidates these days are pretty savvy with interview techniques, writing CV’s and using social media to help them with their career moves. Over the years the employment market has moved and in Australia today there are a series of factors both macroeconomic and domestic that are having a profound effect on the employment market.

Our population is increasing, there are more people in the workforce than ever before and we are just about in recovery mode from a few pretty lean years of economic slowdown. Today’s job market is highly competitive and there are many obstacles in front of candidates trying to secure the right role! It is really important that you, as a candidate, view these obstacles in the right way and push ahead with your job search.

As Thomas Edison once said:

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

For many companies today in their recruitment processes they focus on finding reasons to exclude candidates form a process so you need to ensure that you are proactive in your approach to your job search. Don’t be lazy and rely on LinkedIn or having a Seek profile – you need to be out there in the market making calls chasing feedback. In interviews you should be lively and attentive, try to interview when you are at your best, if you are a morning person interview in the morning. Don’t attend an interview at 6pm if you are going to be half asleep.

So it didn’t work out, you didn’t secure the job or even the interview so what are you going to do about it?  Nothing?  Try a different tack?  Cry?  The way people deal with obstacles has been researched as a major aspect of workplace behaviour.  It is an extra dimension which has previously been confined mainly to the world of clinical psychology. So what does that all mean for you and how will it help your job search?

Below are 5 differentiators that successful people use to deal with obstacles.

They have high levels of energy

This is the energy people deploy in moving towards their goals. It is the energy that gives us the determination, enthusiasm and resilience to formulate and achieve our goals in life.  People with a high energy level are those who see opportunities and are often prepared to take risks to seize them.  People with a lower energy level will often see obstacles in the way of any goals they have and when the going gets tough they will give up earlier than those with higher energy.

They are optimistic

Optimism is a characteristic that is the basis of positive thinking.  It is a psychological resource that gives people a generalised expectancy that they will succeed in their endeavours.  Expected success will in turn give people the will to expend more effort to realise their goals.

Obstacles are stepping stones, not stumbling blocks

When an obstacle arises, successful people are able to generate lots of possible pathways and ultimately select the best one to effectively remove the obstacle.

They spend time on ‘fault-finding’

While it is important to expend considerable effort in looking for the opportunities, it is equally important to ‘look for Murphy’.  Murphy’s famous law, ‘If anything can go wrong, it will’, seems to abound in this age of rapid change.  Time spent on looking for all the potential pitfalls and preparing contingency and preventative action plans is the hallmark of the successful person.

They are future-focused but remember the past and learn from it

For successful people the future is a ‘rosy place’.  Somewhere they want to be.  They are full of hope because they know that things will be better than they are now and better than they have been.  However they can also look back and see how their situation has moved from where it was to where it is now.  They will build on this journey and link past success to the future.

A Question of Balance

These five concepts form the basis of a new measure which can determine the balance of energy people allocate between seeing the opportunities and seeing the obstacles. In your job search you need to strike a balance between these two.

As Zen wisdom says, ‘nothing is possible without three essential elements: a great root of faith, a great ball of doubt and a fierce tenacity of purpose’.

As a candidate looking for your next career opportunity you certainly need that root of faith; it will assist you in continuing to look for opportunities that match your vision and your goals. A tenacity of purpose will give you the persistence to hang in there and seize the opportunities when things initially don’t go your way.

However, also essential is a measure of intelligent doubt that anchors you in reality and prevents you from making mistakes like applying for career moves that are unrealistic. With the right ratio between opportunities and obstacles you can be invincible. So as it is with everything else in life it is not your skills that will get you that career move it is your attitude, fortitude and persistence.

So be a successful person and step away from the crowd and into your next job.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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