The term mindset describes a particular way of thinking about something. Which of the following two ways of thinking best describes your mindset?
- Mindset A thinks in an optimistic manner, which sounds like this: I am close to getting a job and I am poised and prepared to ensure I do not miss my opportunity.
- Mindset B thinks in a pessimistic manner, which sounds like this: I’ve heard this rubbish about the job market before and I’ll believe it when I start to see more people getting hired.
Researchers from the Brookings Institute say Mindset A job hunters not only land the best jobs with greater ease, they are promoted faster. This is regardless if Mindset B job hunters are better qualified on paper. Employers ultimately hire people, not their paperwork, and if they lack the right mindset when looking for jobs, employers assume they will lack the right mindset after starting a job.
One outcome of the slow recovery has been the erosion of people’s optimism and readiness to compete for fewer jobs. What happens, say researchers, is that a job hunter’s defeated mindset shifts their self-motivation into wait and see mode, or they stop looking. As their job search progresses unsuccessfully, they begin to wake up later and watch more TV during the day. The deeper you go into this mode, the 토토사이트 more difficult it becomes to spot opportunities and jump on them before someone else does. Not a good idea since in this job market, there are more job hunters than jobs.
An erroneous assumption common to most job hunters is that a defeated mindset is the byproduct of discouraging news, discourteous treatment, and rejections. After all, why should you knock yourself out looking for jobs if there are none to be found? What is the use of staying vigilant to potential opportunities if you seem to lack what employers are looking for? Why not kick back and wait things out until the job market finally improves?
While Mindset B job hunters contemplate these questions, Mindset A job hunters are pounding the pavement and sucking up all the best jobs. What is their secret?
Here are three psychological facts that will help you understand how job hunters self-empower their increased optimism to persevere despite their difficult circumstances:
Feeling discouraged or defeated (human emotions) is not caused by your circumstances. No matter how difficult your circumstances may be, they are powerless to make you feel bad or put you into the wrong mindset for poor performance. At least not until you think about them and react. Until then, your circumstances are meaningless.
How you think about your circumstances, causes your emotional reaction or how you feel. Believing your own negative self-talk brings you down and prolongs your unemployment. Often without you realizing this is happening, your worst mindset or thoughts create the worst emotions or feelings that culminate in the worst performance, results, and impressions. You unintentionally become your own worst enemy.
In the midst of their discouragement, people have a tendency to criticize and disbelieve points 1 and 2. They think their circumstances are so bad they have a right to feel bad. Even if this were true, that negative mindset will not help you get a job. Rather than take responsibility for improving how you think, it’s easier to blame your circumstances on how badly you caused yourself to feel. You unintentionally function with a victim mindset, which makes you unattractive to employers.