As many of you will have noticed, the Commonwealth Games is in full swing in Glasgow. As the top athletes from 71 countries take part over 12 days, there are parallels to be drawn between them and looking for a new job.
If you look at every athlete who has reached the top of their sport, they all have something in common: they have come through adversity at some stage to succeed. Looking for a job is no different. We have all sent CV’s without hearing anything back, or being rejected.
To reach the top you must be focussed on what you want. You can’t be a 100m champion if you are taking part in every sport. The same applies to a job, don’t just scatter gun your approach: take some time and think about the area you really want to move into. Then put all your focus into this area, how your CV should look, how you want to progress from there, what you need to do in order to get into that job.
Never give up
Every top athlete has been beaten at some stage in their life, been injured, or out of form. What separates these guy’s from the rest is their focus and motivation to make it regardless of what happens. Looking for a job has similarities, everyone has sent out CV’s to jobs and heard nothing back, or received a rejection letter. It is how we move on after this that affects the outcome. You have to get back up on that horse after you fall off.
Be stronger for it
Many athletes use adversities they’ve faced in their life in order to give them that extra 10% when competing. When you go to apply for jobs, use your previous experience, bad as well, to prepare you for a better outcome or change the approach you have been using. You have to learn from the bad as well as the good to improve in life.
What other similarities do you think we have with athletes whilst looking for a job?