Instead of focusing on how you are performing during interviews or how are you going to find a position that you are passionate about, focus on improving yourself. Use your passions to grow into the best possible candidate for your dream career. I made a conscious decision to enjoy the process. I refuse to stress about the outcomes. I can not control how I am received by an interviewee, but I am in control of how I speak, how I answer the questions, and how I present myself during the interview.
How did I change my mindset? Instead of focusing on how to interview, how to network, or how to find my dream career… I am focusing on my passions. I can use the things I enjoy to improve every aspect of the job search process. Do you love design? Yeah, I do too. Design an eye-catching resume and cover letter. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be work when you enjoy it. What do you love? Apply those passions to every aspect of your job search.
How to Transform the Job Search From a Chore to a Hobby
Life is a journey. We need to enjoy the process of getting to the final destination as much as we enjoy the final destination. When we are in difficult times or we experience a lull in our career growth it is natural to see the process as a chore. This is the wrong approach. You may reach your goals, but you will be miserable along the way.
I am expanding on my passions to grow and become the best version of myself. I love videography, photography, and writing. I am naturally inquisitive, artistic, and enjoy learning new things. Your interests may be different, but use them to market yourself and make the job search fun. How am I using my passions and interests to transform the job search into a hobby?
I started making video content to document my journey. What obstacles does every interviewer experience? What is it like to job search during a pandemic? Everyone searching for a new career in the current job market is going through similar challenges. This brought up a great question, “Why am I not sharing my career journey with others?”
The reason I am on social media and the reason I created this website was to help others. I can use my creative side to make video content and write blog posts that will make the journey enjoyable for me while helping other job seekers along the way. I enjoy using my creativity in my videos and started investing time navigating Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. The possibilities are endless, but apply your passions to the entire process.
Be Authentic In Front of the Camera
In order for others to learn from my experiences, I must be authentic and share the real story. I am willing to expose the setbacks and struggles I am experiencing along my journey. Yes, I am well-spoken and I enjoy getting in front of a camera, but it can be terrifying to present vulnerable moments to the world. Social media teaches us to always put our best face forward and hide the flaws. I am doing the exact opposite, but I am making genuine content in my own creative way.
I am passionate about technology. Do you know someone who always wants the latest gadgets and loves learning how to navigate the tech space? Yes, that is me. This explains my desire to master SEO for content promotion, voila! I found my niche. Yes, it can be intimidating to make a video revealing an unfiltered reality of the hardships I am facing, but we are all facing similar struggles. I hope my journey helps others.
Instead of focusing on your performance, show your strengths and what you can bring to the organization. How are your abilities the solution to their problem? Start focusing on this and the process becomes more enjoyable. As a result, you will be more genuine during interviews and that will help you. No one wants to hire someone who is putting on a show.