5 Reasons Why You Need A Job To Get A Job

 

Getting a job is easy when you already have one!

 
That might well be true. But not because employers prefer employed people per se
 

The real reason is employed people interview better

 
Here are 5 reasons why:
 
(1) CONFIDENCE
 
When you have a job, you feel confident. Confident that you're fit for ‘work’. Confident that you can get the job done. Confident that you're good enough. Just the very act of turning up every day and receiving money every month is enough to suggest that you have what it takes to do what the interviewer is asking
 
When you are on the bench and you go for an interview, you need to fake it. Not lie about your current situation. But fake the confidence you felt when you were employed
 
Before you go into the interview, sit quietly for half an hour or so and contemplate the high points of your last job. Remember achieving that milestone. How good it felt. Remember how happy everyone around you was. Let your mind re-read that congratulatory email from your boss / customer / partner. Get in touch with that feeling of ‘WooHoo, I did it!’
 
 
(2) SELF-WORTH
 
 
How much we value ourselves can be inextricably linked to how much others value us. Never is this as true, or as obvious, as it is in relation to our salary
 
Have you noticed how reserved and intimidated you feel when you’re around people in much higher salary brackets than you? Is that because they are any more or less human than you are? Do they have extra coping skills you don’t? Probably not at all. They just earn more money and somehow that puts them higher up the worthy ladder in your eyes
 
Not having a salary at all, even when faced with a junior interviewer, can be really intimidating. Your inner voice is screaming ‘I shouldn’t have to justify myself to them’. Meanwhile you just hope, pray really, that you get selected and this job turns out to be 'the one'
 
If you start to equate your financial value with your inner self-worth, (as life in the Western world often prompts us to do) then here are two tips. Either think in terms of your net worth; home owners can be worth a lot more than they realise. Or reminisce on a happier time. Think back to when you had disposable income. Close your eyes and see yourself at a more affluent point. Add this to your quiet pre-interview reflection
 
 
(3) BEING RELAXED
 
Knowing you have enough money coming in this month to meet all your outgoings, and a little bit extra, is a great feeling. Probably not appreciated by those that have always had continuous work, but for those that haven’t, it really can be one of the best feelings in the world
 
Stress linked to money is hugely debilitating and can make you grasp at the finest of straws. Coming from a place of really needing the monthly pay cheque is a real handicap: it can completely blur your ability to think logically about the job in front of you, or to discern whether it really is the one for you. Desperation is a jobseeker's greatest enemy
 
I could tell you that jobs are like buses. Nothing for ages and then three come along at once. For many jobseekers this is indeed true. And it has something, or perhaps everything, to do with the increased confidence and self-worth that come from being close to a job offer
 
Being able to feel relaxed about a job search makes a huge difference
 
Desperation is a funny thing. It can become evident in all kinds of places. In your CV that is too vague. In your covering letter that is too available, too accommodating, too changeable. In your interview style, as you hop from answer to answer, stumbling from one example of compromise to another of being the ever-capable, jack-of-all-trades
 
If you knew there were more interviews, more vacancies, and more job offers coming your way, wouldn't you be better able to be critical about this job? To see which parts would suit you and which bits most definitely wouldn’t? And to question the interviewer on aspects that might make this company a dubious fit for you?
 
When you can put the proverbial shoe on the other foot and respectfully interview the interviewer, you display characteristics that make you more desirable
 
Remember! People often want what they can’t have? Companies are formed of people; those people. When you display characteristics of being slightly aloof and unavailable, not easy to entice into their job, this can flip the switch that produces the job offer
 
Of course with higher desirability comes a higher salary too. Can you say WooHoo!
 
 
(4) STORIES
 
Interviews consist of stories. They are a bit like a game of Cluedo; I did this thing to that person in these circumstances. And often the best storyteller gets the job
 
When you are in a job, you feel confident, you have a strong sense of self-worth, you are relaxed and you can think straight. You are able to concentrate on your stories. You have lots of them (we all do). You are able to recall and recite them. Clearly, easily and comfortably
 
Part of your interview preparation when you're not working, is to tell stories. Remember what happened; moments that made you and your previous employers proud. Think about the benefits everyone gained from you turning up for work every day. Recount your stories out loud. Tell the dog, the cat, your daughter’s teddy bear. Or record yourself on your phone or computer
 
An interview is an audition. So rehearse your lines!
 
 
(5) BELIEF
 
People in jobs believe other companies want them. They know their knowledge and skills are valuable. They believe they are desirable and worthy of that job offer
 
Being on the bench, especially if you’ve been there a while, can taint your belief in ever finding another job. So much so, you might be applying for roles that are well beneath those you held in the past (this won’t help you gain a job offer, by the way). The more jobs you apply for, the more your belief can actually falter
 
Make it a practice to find good news stories every morning. Talk yourself out of the need to read or watch bad news. TV reports about increasing job losses, rising unemployment and double-dip recessions do nothing to help you get that job. In fact, the opposite is true. Too many days with that kind of programming and you can start convincing yourself that jobs are scarce and you're never going to get one
 
Reality says otherwise. Reality says that you always got a job in the past, even though times were apparently tough then too. Reality says that people are getting new job offers every single day. Reality says that some companies are still expanding and increasing their headcount
 
Truth says, if they can, you can!
 
There was an old saying that ‘seeing is believing’
 
Modern thinking has turned that on it's head
 
It tells us: ‘When you believe it, you see it’
 
So … time to get the belief back, baby. Are you with me?
 
 
InterviewAuthor of 'Get That Interview' and 'Click Start Your Career Success' Julie is The Jobseeker's Guide. She works with thousands of clients through her audio and web-based programmes, helping them get 'job search fit' and successfully navigate their way into that new role
 
Select clients are able to apply to work with Julie one-to-one
 
Before joining Churchill Brook in 2009, she spent twelve years as an international headhunter, where she successfully helped her clients recruit exceptional people. Julie is an expert at getting candidates noticed by companies and had one of the highest success ratios for CV submission to hire that we know of within the recruitment industry
 
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