Staying Positive When Looking To Make Your Next Career Step

You have taken the decision that the time is right to take the next step in your career.

It’s a great start and soon you get into action, start applying for roles and getting invitations to job interviews.

After the interviews you keep getting the message that you have been unsuccessful.

Like all good candidates do you follow up and ask for feedback.

Sometimes you get some feedback that you can work on. Most of the time you struggle to get quality feedback or even worse don’t get any.

I had one of my clients in this exact situation recently.

Unsurprisingly she was getting a little despondent.

What I said to her was what I would say to anyone.

Stay positive and the right opportunity will come along.

Now I know this easy to say and sometimes difficult to accept. Especially if it’s vital you get that next role.

And here is why I ask clients and indeed anyone looking to make their next career move to take this perspective.

You can’t influence everything

There is an awful lot that you can do to increase your chances of success. Yet you can never expect to influence everything.

There is often more than one candidate who could be appointed

In these situations the person who gets the offer is likely to be the person who is going to fit best with others in the current team.

Rejection goes with the territory when it comes to moving jobs

There is usually only one role and several candidates being interviewed.

You can’t change the past but you can influence the future

If you go to the next job interview feeling deflated or negative you won’t come across positively in the next job interview.

Everything happens for a reason

If you are right for the role you will get the offer. If not it might be because there is something better that you have still to discover.

In truth making that next career step can be tough. Staying positive will keep you focused and moving forward towards the outcome that you want.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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