Good job market? It’s your call…

Good job market?  It’s your call…

 

You ever wonder why some people seem to have all the luck, while others seemed to be constant victims of bad timing or circumstances?  Certainly timing and good fortune play a key role in any successful endeavor, but our minds decide our level of success more often than many realize. 

As a recruiter, I’m often asked how the market is doing and many times I’ll get the feeling that the person asking is expecting me to say it’s horrible.  This makes me a little uncomfortable because our clients are almost all hiring, several in unprecedented numbers, and we are doing really well as a company.  It makes me feel a little isolated from the outside world because I realize there are markets suffering and some folks are having a difficult time finding a job.  But on the whole, it’s my belief that the market is (at least) slightly above average for finding a job. 

Despite what we see as a good market, we are still occasionally hearing a different story from applicants we are in conversations with.   I’ve personally talked to several candidates who have complained that there are ‘no good jobs out there’ and that ‘no one ever responds to their application”.   I can totally empathize with their frustration with the modern day job search.  There is almost no human interaction on the front end, you are left to wonder if anyone even looked at your resume, there seems to be 4-5 interviewing steps and you are probably interviewing against 3-5 other well qualified candidates…it’s by no means easy.

Overcoming this takes a combination of hard work and the right mindset.  Many put in the work, so the main difference I see between the successful job seeker and the frustrated one is how they perceive the market or how they think they’ll do in their search.  It’s the difference between saying “this market is terrible” versus “it hasn’t’ happened yet, but it’s just a matter of time”.  I think most people acknowledge the power of positive thought, but it goes beyond that.   By making a sweeping decision that the market is this or that, we submit ourselves to the mercy of that market and essentially paralyze ourselves from doing anything about it. 

What’s worse is when we have these thoughts before we even do anything.  We predict what is going to happen before we’ve even tried.   This applies in sports, business, relationships, literally all aspects of life.    When we characterize (predict) how something will go that becomes the predestined outcome.  I’ll save everyone from the Henry Ford quote, but if you think this assumption doesn’t impact the outcome, you are setting yourself up for consistently frustrating results.

This begs the question – why do we think this way?   I think it is clearly something we do to protect our egos/pride.  Often when our outcomes are not what we think they ought to be, we’ll look for ways to excuse ourselves.  I’m sure we’ve all heard (or thought!!):  it was a ‘bad territory” or “the teacher’s fault” or perhaps the tried and true “my parents…”.   While seemingly therapeutic, this prevents us from digging deeper on why these results are happening and in our minds: we’ve already solved it!  

The great thing about correcting mindset issues is that we 100% control it.  We are the architects of our thoughts and we can change them in an instant (regardless of outside influences).  Odds are we’ve done something like this recently.  Next time you feel yourself being frustrated with an outcome or predicting success is impossible, try thinking in the now and about what you can do to impact your situation.  If you are focused on a successful outcome and how you can get there, you’ll be surprised at how quickly things start to happen.  Think toward what you want, not away from what you don’t.

Have a great weekend~

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