Psychology of the Job Search: Too many choices! 

How many of you can relate to this type of conversation you may have had with yourself?    What do I want to do?  Well, that’s an interesting question!  There are so many things that I could do and enjoy doing!   I could work in supply chain, but being more client facing really gave my career a lift. I love being …

Psychology of the Job Search: It’s All in Your Mind! 

It’s been a tough day for Jerry! To start the day, he received a rejection phone call on what was his #1 prospect. In fact, he had felt SO sure about everything about it – – the role, the team, the company, the culture, the location…it was all such a great fit for him! Oh yeah, and being told he came …

Psychology of the Job Search: Self-Confidence? – Wanna Bet?!? 

Does this brief exchange cause any flashbacks?  “I betcha can’t”  “I bet I can!”  “No way, I don’t think you can make it!”  “Yes I can, I know I can do it!”  “You’re stupid! No way you can jump over that mud puddle!”  “No, you’re stupid! I can easily do that!”  “I betcha can’t!”  “Oh yeah, I bet I can! Now …

Psychology of the Job Search: I Wish? – Nope, I Can’t Wait!

Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight;  I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight                             (Unknown) This nursery rhyme, made popular with the 1940 Disney film “Pinocchio,” has been around for a long time. As a child, I remember sitting outside at night looking into the Kansas night for shooting stars, stumbling …

Psychology of the Job Search: Sabotage? Who? Me!?! 

When you hear or see the word ‘sabotage’, what springs into your mind? For me, I immediately find myself in France during WW2 with the French Resistance, figuring out ways to sabotage anything I could to thwart the German army!    Or, if I allow myself a little more time to think about it, I find myself wandering into past …

Psychology of the Job Search: My Body Did What?!?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard for years about the importance of body language. My experience has been that the statement is made, and then one example is given, like “make good eye contact,” and then the speaker goes on with another point.  Ok, first of all, what exactly does “body language” mean? And what does “make good eye contact” …

Psychology of the Job Search: “Psych ‘em Out” Interview Techniques

Have you ever been in a conversation where you felt the person you were conversing with was playing some type of game with you? Or perhaps you’ve encountered scenarios at work where you’ve felt like your colleagues were playing some type of political posturing, and you weren’t sure exactly what the game was, but you sensed that everything was not as it …

Psychology of the Job Search: Caution – Things are Not Always as They Appear  

Have you ever felt absolutely certain about something, only to realize later that the opposite was actually true? I’ve encountered that situation all too many times in my life. For example, my brain tells me something is going to hurt, but it actually doesn’t. Or my brain tells me something should be difficult, but it turns out to be easy.   These …

Psychology of the Job Search: WHY is it so HARD?!? 

Last week we delved into the emotions around a job transition, and we touched on how a job change falls within the top five life event stressors we might find ourselves facing. This week I’d like to go deeper into the “WHY” behind the myriad of emotions we experience when we find ourselves in job transition. And not only when you …

Psychology of the Job Search: Emotions at Play  

Our emotions play a significant role in our job transitions, yet I’ve not seen many people paying close attention to this topic as they enter into a job search. Most of the time, they’re focused on resume verbiage, interview preparation, networking, and filling out applications. All good items to work on, but without proper focus on the emotional side of the …