As with everything else, job searching and interviews have to be about balance. As we decide to pursue various opportunities, we should be mindful of the risk or the relative fit. There are times to take big risks and others to gather your resources to build toward a life changing opportunity. Balance and reflection can help in many ways including:
- Focusing on what's within your control. Understanding and making peace with the fact that others have no obligation to accept your proposals / fund you / give you a job can help you refocus and remember that their decisions are outside of your control.
- Re-channeling the rejection and using it to grow. Re-evaluate and ask yourself what went wrong, what can be eliminated, and what can be done better next time?
- Remembering your passion and your purpose. Reminding yourself what you care about and why you do the things you do helps keep you moving forward.
- Recharging. Play. Meditate. Plan out time for your hobby or try out a new one. Making time to take a break for a bit, use a different part of your brain, and refuel in a different way will provide space for you to be kind to yourself.
Job searching and interviewing can be a rough and time intensive process but with the right perspective, your next life changing opportunity will be right around the corner!