Being positive pays off
Mental and physical wellbeing is vital when searching for work
Resilience is an important quality for any jobseeker — particularly during times when there’s strong competition for a limited number of job opportunities.
The ability to bounce back after rejection and remain positive when facing repeated rejection is vital to the health and wellbeing of people seeking work.
Career Wisdom director Lois Keay-Smith said jobseekers had no control over difficult job market conditions but they did have control over their own attitude and actions.
“It’s really important to look after your whole wellbeing, as it’s easy to get lax and out of routine when not working, which can affect sleep, diet, exercise and social time,” Ms Keay-Smith said.
She helps clients to develop strategies that help them remain optimistic even when times are tough.
“I work with company-sponsored people via career transition or outplacement services, as well as directly with those seeking a new role,” she said.
“The tricky part is that people seeking work are price sensitive and may feel they can’t afford private career coaching — but those who do invest in coaching find it is very worthwhile.”
Ms Keay-Smith also offers group workshops, which cost less than one-on-one coaching and she is developing online modules for people to access up-to-date and localised information at low cost.
She said employers advertising positions could also help to reduce stress on jobseekers, even if only by letting applicants know whether they had been successful.
“The key is for employers to recognise and have empathy for the plight of those searching for work,” she said.
“Jobseekers can be vulnerable, and employers can show respect for the time, effort and cost that people put into applications and interviews. To me, this is simple business etiquette and to do otherwise can damage the employer brand of the company.”
Companies concerned about the cost of responding to 100 applicants could employ an HR intern for a day or use free autoresponder software, she said.
Lifestyle, food and wellness coach Lauren Howe, founder of The Little Wellness Co, works with busy or burnt-out women to help them manage stress, improve mindset, enhance self-worth or boost energy levels.
“When facing challenges, we can often feel overwhelmed and exhausted,” Ms Howe said. “Resilience is all about adapting well to adversity and bouncing back from tough situations. Thankfully it’s not a trait that you have or don’t have, but a learnt behaviour, thought or action.”
After identifying a client’s circumstances and what they hope to achieve, Ms Howe helps them to reconnect with their core values, identify their special strengths, overcome challenges within their sphere of control and release selflimiting beliefs or fears.
Ways to build resilience included having a good support network and spending time with positive people, setting small and realistic goals, and nurturing body and mind through exercise, healthy eating, sleeping well and undertaking tasks of self-care, such as massage or spending time in nature. Challenging negative self-talk was also important, she said.
“Try to replace negative thought with positive and rational thought, such as ‘I can cope with this’, or ‘I am resilient’,” she said.