Four lies you tell yourself during the job hunt

The job hunt is hard, we’ve all been there. It can be easy to feel dejected or to start lying to yourself. Here are the four most common lies we tell ourselves when looking for a job and how you can combat them.

This will be the one

One of the worst things you can do is to put all your eggs in one basket. By this I mean, don’t put all your hopes on that one job. If it doesn’t work out it can really ruin your confidence so go in with an open mind and just apply for as many roles as you can and forget about them. That way, when that interview invitation appears, it will be a welcome surprise. In this tricky job market, it’s important to be realistic. We all know that the majority of us won’t find our dream job at the drop of a hat. Be hopeful but be prepared for disappointment too. If an interview went well, great! Follow up a week or so after but don’t stop your search. Keep looking and applying until you’ve signed that contract. Try not to get up set during your job hunt!

I will take any job that comes up

If you’ve been job hunting for a while or are really not enjoying your current role, you could be feeling a bit desperate. Don’t apply for something you will hate. By all means, look for something that will challenge you or push you out of your comfort zone. However, applying for something you’re sure you don’t actually want is a waste of time for you and the employer. In a similar way, don’t take the first job you’re offered due to fear of getting nothing else. You’re entitled to a few days to think over your decision and it is an important one.

I can’t do X and X

Some of us can be very modest and assume that an executive sounding job title is beyond us. At first glances, a job description may seem full of business jargon, but if you read between the lines, you could discover that you can do everything required of you. Don’t take yourself out of the race. Applications and interviews are your chance to shine and show companies why they want you to work for them.

There’s nothing more I can do in my job hunt

If you’re struggling to get past the application form stage, you might need to take a closer look at the roles you’re applying for or your application technique. Are you saying everything the employer wants to hear? Are you fully qualified and experienced for the role? If the answer is no, are there any courses you can take to further your knowledge or even a different role in the same company so you can get an understanding of how they work.

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Emma Slattery
Emma graduated from Swansea University with a 2:1 in English and History and has been working at Purplex Marketing as a digital copywriter since November 2016.
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