When career expert Vicki Salemi worked in corporate recruiting, she helped companies with creating job postings and vetting and hiring candidates — a process she says took six to eight weeks at best. It’s not something that moves quickly, in other words, and as she says, it’s not supposed to. It’s in everyone’s best interests for the company to find a good fit.
Unfortunately, this can cause jobseekers to get discouraged and develop defeatist attitudes. But there are ways to get around these types of attitudes, and in a fantastic U.S. News & World Report post titled “4 Job Search Excuses That Just Don’t Cut It,” Salemi shares mantras — or things you can tell yourself — when the urge strikes to make excuses and abandon your search.
The first one: “Anything worth having is waiting for.” This is something you say when you’re freaked out by how long the process is taking. Obviously, you’re hungry for a new job, but according to Salemi, you should use your “insatiable appetite” to fuel additional networking, since connecting with people (friends, colleagues, others in your industry) is likely what’s going to get you hired.
The next one is for people who are frightened of interviews and perhaps haven’t been on one in years: “I’m an excellent conversationalist and enjoy meeting new people.” You’ve likely talked about your career at performance reviews at your current job, and even if not, you’ve undoubtedly made small talk with strangers — something Salemi says isn’t all that different from a job interview. Don’t sell yourself short; get out there and start going on interviews. It’s the only way you’ll begin to feel more comfortable.
If you’re fretting about having an outdated resume — or not having one at all — this next one’s for you: “My résumé is my passport – but instead of a new destination, it’s leading me to a new job.” As Salemi says, you don’t need a resume to begin networking, and in some instances, you’ll land a new job without one. In terms of sprucing up your old resume or creating one from scratch, it’s often not as time-consuming a proposition as you think. And nothing you write will be set in stone.
“Remember that your résumé is a work in progress,” Salemi writes. “You can tweak responsibilities and revise the document as you go along.”
Finally, there’s this gem: “My efforts are paying off.” This is what you say when you fear you’re constantly throwing your resume “into a black hole online” and not getting anywhere. Salemi says once again that networking is the best way to get your application flagged and increase your chances of getting called in, but even if you’re not fielding a bunch of job offers, you should pat yourself on the back for the progress you are making. Each new contact you make, interview you go on, and new lead you come across amounts to success — another step closer that you should celebrate.