No matter how you slice or dice it, failure is an inevitable part of life. Maybe your job interview didn’t go so well. Maybe you’re not getting any calls from hiring managers and employment agencies. Maybe your social media posts came up in an interview that you think lead to your rejection.
As a job seeker, you need to brace yourself for your share of failures. If you’ve yet to experience any, you’re either incredibly lucky, still starting out, or not taking enough risks. Failure should be a natural part of the job-hunting process. It means you’re going out of your comfort zone and pushing yourself.
But what matters more is how you recover from failure, which can be the setup for your next great success. Below are four mindsets to adopt to do that properly.
Own Up to Your Mistakes
Steve Jobs said, “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
More often than not, you will know when you make a mistake before other people do. But rather than hiding it, admit your mistake. Naturally, you’ll want to voice out what happened, but there’s a difference between doing that and making excuses.
More importantly, you should create a plan to learn from your mistake and prevent the same thing from happening again in the future.
Treat Failure as a Lesson
The most proactive approach anyone can have when it comes to failure is to treat it as a learning experience.
Although there won’t always be a single root cause to your failure, what you can do is identify as many factors behind it as possible. You can expect the reasons to be internal at times and external in others. Sometimes they’ll be absolutely random. In any case, you need to understand these reasons if you want to learn anything from the entire experience.
Commit Yourself to Try Again
Perseverance in the face of failure is what separates successful people from the rest. The only problem is: Can you summon the willpower to overcome your emotions and try again?
Answering this question means being honest with yourself. If it’s no, go back to the drawing board and try something else that will fire up your motivation.
If it’s yes, then stay the course, keeping in mind the mistakes you made to avoid repeating them.
Once you’ve identified the reason – or reasons – for failing, you need to make the appropriate changes to ensure it doesn’t happen again. It could mean changing something in your resume, changing a bad habit, or going to your next interview more prepared and equipped with the right information to impress the hiring manager.