Trying to get a job during a global pandemic is no easy task. In fact, it’s down right discouraging! Searching for a job can be difficult enough on its own – and covid-19 has only made it harder. Unfortunately, this is something that many people are finding out firsthand right now.
Just a few months ago, I was one of those very people. Every morning I would wake up, sit in front of my laptop, and spend hours sending out my resume to pretty much every company I could find.
I hated every minute of it. I hated that no matter how hard I worked, I didn’t see any progress. I hated that no matter how many resumes I sent out, no one was calling me up.
I was miserable. Eventually, my miserableness turned into complete exhaustion.
I knew I needed a break. I needed to rest, I needed to regroup, and most of all, I needed to do some serious work on my mindset. Because something clearly wasn’t working.
Flash forward to today and I’m two months into working at a job I absolutely love.
What was my secret? It all came down to that seven-letter word: mindset.
Your mindset is the most powerful tool you have in helping you land a job. It’s more powerful than your resume, your cover letter, and all the snazzy buzzwords you put in them.
When it comes to landing a job during this pandemic, your success is dependent upon your mindset.
When I took a break from looking for jobs to focus on my mindset, I noticed a MASSIVE difference when I eventually went back to looking for jobs. Not only did I feel more positive, but I also received more positive results!
And I’m going to share with you exactly what I did.
Mindset shift #1: I got rid of my self-limiting beliefs
It’s so easy to read a job description and immediately think “I’m not good enough for this, someone else will be more qualified than I am”.
The second you think this, you’re setting yourself up for failure before you even start. You’re putting it out into the universe that you are NOT good enough and that someone WILL be better than you.
Ultimately, you’re creating this as your own reality.
If you want to find a job, you need to STOP with the self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back from success.
When I took some time off to focus on my mindset, I began by working on building up my self-confidence. I did this by telling myself that I was talented and that any employer would be lucky to have me. I even spent time writing down a list of all the things that I was great at.
This is where the magic happened – because as I was writing these things down, I wasn’t just ‘writing them down’, I was genuinely believing them.
It was this self-belief that helped me land the job I have today. Why? Because on top of radiating through in my cover letters and interviews, it also radiated through the universe.
The more I believed that I deserved to find a job, the more the universe believed in me too.
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Mindset shift #2: I told myself (and others) that it was going well
For the three long months I was looking for a job, I had a lot of people ask me how it was going. It would always be a topic of conversation at the dinner table with family, and it would always come up in Zoom calls with my friends.
But instead of doing that thing we tend to do of making our lives sound a lot harder than they actually are, I made a conscious effort to ONLY ever say good things about how my job hunt was going.
Instead of huffing and puffing and saying, “It’s brutal! It’s killing me!”, I always said that it was going well, and that I felt good about it.
The thing is, I wasn’t lying. The more I started saying these positive things out loud about my job search, the more it genuinely seemed good! And the more it seemed good (that is, the more positive mindset I had towards it), the better results I received!
This wasn’t just limited to speaking with other people either. When looking for jobs online, I would say things to myself like, “today’s going to be a productive day” , or “today I’m going to be one step closer to finding a job.”
Our words are incredibly powerful. The way we speak to ourselves and others about how our job search is going has a HUGE impact on how it actually goes. And you don’t have to be overly positive all the time, it’s totally ok to have bad days, but overall, if you keep your words positive, your mindset and your outcomes will follow!
If you want to find a job, it’s important to choose your words wisely.
Mindset shift #3: I accepted that the road may be less linear
We’re in the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic. No matter how much we may not want to admit it – this is going to have an impact on us.
And I don’t just mean ‘us’ as in society, I mean ‘us’ as in every single one of our individual lives.
For many, covid-19 has come in like a wrecking ball. It’s thrown off plans, pushed goals to the wayside, and led us down totally unexpected paths.
This is okay.
We have to remember that this pandemic is completely out of our control. There’s nothing we can do to change it, so the only thing we can do is accept it (and all the twists and turns that come with it).
When I started truly accepting the fact that this pandemic was going to have an impact on the career path I had in mind for myself, a GIANT weight was lifted off my shoulders. Suddenly, I realized that it was okay if I didn’t find my dream job right away.
This doesn’t mean that I completely lowered my expectations, but it does mean that I put less pressure on my job search. In fact, I began thinking about it as less of a “job search” and more of a “stepping stone search”.
Let’s remember – having a stepping stone in a global crisis is a win in and of itself.
Mindset shift #4: I believed that there was enough to go around
One of the biggest things that many job-searchers are worried about right now is the increased competition for jobs during this pandemic. After all, the more people searching for a job, the less likely it is that you’ll get chosen for one – right?
Well, without getting into a hot debate about whether this is actually true or not, there IS one thing I can say for sure:
This is a dangerous frame of mind to be in.
This is called scarcity mindset. It’s the belief that there is only so much of something to go around; that if someone else gets something, they’re taking away your chances of getting it.
Of course, this leads to nothing but fear, stress, and anxiety. Not super useful in helping you land a job!
The opposite of scarcity mindset is abundance mindset. This is the belief that there’s MORE than enough to go around; that the universe is unlimited in what it can provide.
When I took some time off from searching for jobs, I trained myself to go from scarcity mindset to abundance mindset. I stopped worrying about the so-called “competition”, I stopped thinking about “who else” was applying to these jobs, and I stopped obsessing over “how many” jobs were available.
The only thing I thought about was how vast and abundant the world was. I reminded myself that no matter how small and limited it may appear from behind my laptop, there was more than enough.
As it turns out, there really was.
Mindset shift #5: I went easy on myself
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – finding a job in the middle of a global pandemic is hard. It seems so obvious, but we tend to forget this.
We tend to think that if we haven’t been able to find a job, we’ve done something wrong or we haven’t worked hard enough.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
There are SO many different variables that go into landing a job – and most of these are completely out of our control. Add a global pandemic to the mix and it gets even MORE complicated!
This isn’t to say that it all comes down to luck, but it is to say that you shouldn’t blame yourself if the process doesn’t happen quickly.
When I took some time off to work on my mindset, I made an effort to start cutting myself some slack. Instead of beating myself up about how little success I was having, I reminded myself how difficult of a task it was I was doing. Instead of dwelling on how many rejection emails I was getting, I just focused on the task at hand.
And like all things in life, after some steady work, I got there.
So to anyone who’s currently struggling to find a job during this pandemic – know that you WILL get there. As long as you have the right mindset, it WILL happen.
Take a day, take a week, take a month – but whatever you do, take some time to work on your mindset.
It’s going to make all the difference.
Content Creator at Mindaya