• Sarah

Fix Your Mindset Before Applying For Jobs.

A Fresh Perspective

It is easy to feel defeated when you become unemployed. When a person loses their job, grief is a common emotion. Losing a job can be devastating, like other losses in life, and it is totally normal to feel helpless and even sad. Go ahead, give yourself permission to grieve your job loss...for a day. But then move on. Every passing day that you sit around feeling sorry for yourself for being unemployed, is a missed opportunity to find a new job. You also risk falling into depression and becoming lethargic and/or unmotivated.

Unfortunately, it is not that easy, or else the writing would stop here. This blog article is for reframing your mindset about your career, and to shift your thinking about job seeking and unemployment.

Here are five mantras I often tell myself:

  • I will not beat myself up over uncontrollable events in my life.

  • I will take responsibility for how I react to events in my life.

  • I will admit failures and identify weaknesses.

  • I will learn from, and commit to improving any failures or weaknesses I have.

  • I will not attach my self-worth to a job title, nor accept someone else’s definition of me or expectations for me as gospel.

I find it important because it reminds me that 'I' am in control of my life and career, and no one else.

Yes, things outside of your control might happen to you, like being laid-off unexpectedly, but ultimately, you are in control of the final outcome. Losing the job is not the end. That is not the outcome. How you react is what determines the outcome, which ideally, is a new, better job.

So, are you ready to go from victim to victory?

The Definition of Empowerment:

1. The act or action of empowering someone or something -- the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties.

2. The state of being empowered to do something -- the power, right, or authority to do something. 

There are thousands of job seeker guides out there. Most of them are written in “how-to” formats and focus on single subjects like writing a resume, interviewing skills, networking, changing careers, finding your purpose, or building your brand.

You cannot work on any of those things unless you are first empowered to act with clear intention and direction. Knowing yourself, creating your story, and defining what the word career means to you, leads to empowerment, so that you are able to do all those things mentioned above.

What is a Career?

Your career is not your current job. It is not your college major either. And it is not your LinkedIn headline. Your career is: a collection of experiences gathered over your entire life and summarized into short story form.

A career includes all the jobs you have had, going back to your very first, and any college coursework, professional association memberships, volunteer work, and more. Your career is a work of art. A blank canvas to which you constantly add strokes of paint. A marble sculpture you continually shape. A story you write, with plot twists, characters, and settings.

Re-framing my career to be like a work of art has led me to be a more active participant in the trajectory of it. I am the creator of my career. I control the narrative.

I chose art as my career metaphor, but maybe for you it is something else. An ecosystem, a machine, or an architecture. Whatever it is, you are the designer. It is time to start creating your career.

Copyright © 2020 by Sarah Mancinho