My new book Getting The Job You Want goes on sale in early January. It’s published by ICON Books.
This book is full of practical advice, helpful tips, and facts. It’s also easy to read and focused on helping you to achieve your goals.
I want you to be a HERO to achieve your goals. I was introduced to the HERO concept by Professor Fred Luthans, University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Nebraska–Lincoln whose current research focuses on positive psychology. Being a HERO involves:
- Hope – that you will be successful and persevere as you work towards a goal.
- Efficacy – the self-confidence and the belief that you will succeed, and that you will put in the necessary effort
- Resilience – to bounce back from disappointments and problems.
- Optimism – a positive mindset that you will succeed both now and in the future.
Without the belief to achieve your goal you may as well not even get started. But it can’t be just a dream or a goal without foundation; you have to be willing to put in the work and to have sufficient background and experience to make you a credible candidate. This may mean that you need to choose an interim step, to find a job that will get you on the way to where you want to go.
We all have disappointments: we don’t win the race, we lose out on buying something at an auction, or we have an injury that stops us participating in a game. It’s how we respond to that disappointment that matters.
We have to treat each disappointment as a learning experience, and use this to do better next time. We also need to remember that sometimes the decision is outside our control. Just like an actor going for a casting call where the casting director may have an ideal in mind (if we are the wrong build or without a particular background, we will never be chosen), so at interview, the job may already be allocated to someone and the company is ‘going through the motions’, or they want someone with specific experience which wasn’t made clear in the job ad.
Read more advice in my book!
Denise Taylor is a double award winning career coach and Chartered Psychologist with Amazing People, established in 1998. When you are unsure of your career future, need help with job search or seek to improve your presence in an online world, Denise can help. Denise is the author of 7 books including How To Get A Job In A Recession, Now You’ve Been Shortlisted and Fat to Fantastic
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