There are at least 5 things you can learn about yourself from the job search. When you learn them your job searches will be more efficient. You will also be happier and more successful.
It is wonderful to stop and take time to see what you have learned about yourself during a job search. Each day there are thousands of people all over the country conducting a job search. These searches take place online, in person, and via traditional classified advertisements. Most people look at the job search process as a way of asking for things and hoping for results. While that is one way of looking at the job search, it is not the only way. You can also look at the job search as a way of learning important things about yourself.
The following is a list of five things you can learn about yourself from the job search:
1. How you handle stress
2. Who you are as a person, as a professional
3. What skills you have that are valuable in the open market
4. When you are at your best, most sparkling
5. Where is your area of geographic comfort for work and home
All of these things are critically important because, in order to succeed, a woman must know her place in the universe. Learning the answers to these questions will help you be more successful during your job search.
How you handle stress is one of the first lessons you learn during a job search.
The job search is a process filled with stress. Trying to find a job to apply for is stressful. Preparing resumes and cover letters is stressful. Going on job interviews is stressful. Waiting to hear back from interviewers is stressful. Not getting offered a job you really want is stressful.
There is no choice but to handle this stress when it arrives. Look back at how you reacted to each of these things. Determine which method of dealing with the pressure and stress worked best for you. When you discover it, remember it and use that stress release method in other stressful areas of life.
Knowing who you are as a person and as a professional is crucial.
During a job search, you are asked thousands of questions. Interviewers ask what you value, how you solve problems, and how you would deal with problems in the workplace. These questions often are part of the interview screening process. These questions force a person to figure out who she is and what she wants personally and professionally.
The job search process causes self-examination in a way that few other activities do. Pay attention to how you answer interview questions, the types of jobs you have applied for, and what you felt during the process. This information will tell you a great deal about who you are personally and professionally.
Identify the skills you have that are valuable in the open market.
No matter what type of work you are doing, there are specific skills, qualifications, and talents necessary. The job search process will show you clearly and definitely what skills and talents you have that are of value in the marketplace. This information is important because it will tell you if you need to do work to get or update your skills to make yourself more valuable in the marketplace.
If you want to read more about succeeding on the job search, check out:
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Be Grateful for Your Job Even When it is Time to Go – when it is time to move on, still be grateful for the job you had. Click here to read more.
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When you are at your best is an important thing learned during the job search process.
Look back over your job search experience and determine when you were the most smiling and animated during interviews. Look back at the interviews you went on and determine what times you were happiest, most error-free, and most energetic. Think back to the times when you were actually looking for jobs to apply for when was the search process the easiest. When you know this information, you will know your best hours for working and interacting with others.
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It is important to know your geographic comfort zone.
When conducting a job search, you will find possibilities near and far from your home. Even the process of going on interviews will tell you where in the world you are comfortable.
When you know where you are comfortable in the world it makes it easier for you to live your life. Geography determines the food you eat, the places where you shop and the kinds of friends you will make. Geography helps you determine if you are willing to relocate to an area for work or if you are willing to commute to certain neighborhoods. This information may even influence where you retire when all your job search work is done.
In conclusion, it is wonderful to stop and take time to see what you have learned about yourself during a job search. So, the question for you this wonderful day is what have you learned while doing a job search?
26 thoughts on “5 Things You Can Learn About Yourself From a Job Search”
Love this. Job hunting isn’t just a chore. It’s a way to learn about yourself.
This is interesting. It is amazing all of the things that you can learn about yourself when job hunting.
Knowing who you are as a person is so crucial to life. I am loving these things we should learn about ourselves.
What great advice — you really do learn a lot about yourself while searching for a job because it’s such a hard process.
Great advice! As someone who had been looking for work for sometime and decided to leave the country to pursue dreams, this is a great article to keep hope alive.
Job hunting is probably a least favorite thing for many people. But you are right, there is a lot of self learning to be gained from it.
I don’t think there’s much more stressful than a job search!
Thanks for sharing! I’ve never thought about job search in this way but these tips are wonderful.
Job hunting is a FULL time job and so stressful. I agree you learn a lot about the process when doing so.
I always hated the stress associated with finding a job. I am thankful to be blessed with my current job.
I’ve never really thought about it this way but you are so right. Thanks for sharing these great and thoughtful tips.
I started job hunting a couple months ago. It is so stressful. Sometimes I want a new job and other times I get so stressed at the idea of hunting I stop. SO thank you for these eye opening tips and discussion.
Great tips. Finding a job is a job, so you definitely need to know yourself in order to present yourself well and get the job that you want
These are all great tips. Job hunting is a stressful undertaking and you definitely learn a lot about your self.
These are excellent tips Janeane. I will share this article with my mentor group of high school and college students. Thanks for sharing this.
Ugh, i went through job hunting for hubby and I years ago and it was not fun. Though like you said, it is nice to learn something about yourself.
These are all really great tips. Job searches are so stressful and tough!
I always learn a lot about what skills I have that shouldn’t even go on a resume. Sometimes employers are looking for one specific skill and if you have it, you’re in.
I never realized this but it is completely true! You can learn so much about yourself
It’s been a while but I cultivated confidence on my last job search. I wanted the job but was ok where I was too. I landed it. That taught me a lot! Now I never sweat my skills or if I don’t get something!
I have not looked for a job in years, I would be so scared, thanks for the tips.
Before I left corporate America I was a FT Recruitment Mgr. I learned how to sharpen my skill and my backbone in those 7 yrs. Filling jobs and finding jobs are very stressful but I also learned how to “think outside of the box”. Thanks for sharing these tips!
Years ago I lost a job that I loved due to cutbacks in the department. I learned that I should have waited longer to take on a new job search, because I was half-heartedly looking for jobs that I didn’t truly want anyway. I was sabotaging my own success.
It’s so true you will learn alot about yourself and others when job searching.
It is true. Looking for a job isn’t easy at all.
Job hunting is stressful, but learning about yourself helps. Great post.
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