You don’t have to take my word for it. If you are here, you already know: getting a MSL job is tough and you have a lot of competition.
Job acceptance rate is LESS THAN 1%. That’s why I make analogies between getting a MSL job and winning the Olympics, except in Olympics if you come in 2nd or 3rd you at least still go on a platform and get a medal. If you are 2nd or 3rd pick, then you don’t get the job. Only gold medalists get the job offer in the MSL profession, and the disappointment can be nothing short of devastating.
(I know personally; I’ve gotten rejections during my employment years too!)
I’m writing these tips to stay motivated – and inviting you to join in and share your own tips – not only for motivation’s sake, but for something very important. Your attitude can be linked to waxes and wanes of your motivation. Let’s face it, when we continually get discouraged or rejected, we aren’t going to have that “pep” in our step or the best of attitudes all the time.
(And I don’t want you to get that pep in your step this way, either!)
So how do you stay motivated?
Tip#1 – Have a plan.
Most people do the default tasks – they read everything they can about the MSL career, they may talk to some people, they may buy my books or seminars, they apply to jobs, they hope for the best.
You can do this too, but have a specific order of what you want to do AND what you PLAN to do when you get a specific RESULT. You’ll be much more organized and deliberate in your plan of action (POA). During those crappy days, you look at the steps of your plan and let that guide your way instead of your emotions.
Tip#2 – Build a support system.
Find people who understand what you’re going through (other job seekers – they don’t have to be MSL aspirants to understand the frustration of job seeking). Be part of a group online or offline where you can share your progress, frustration, and successes. This is also one of the reasons why I created this forum. I’m active on Facebook but know that not everyone likes to share something private like their job seeking frustrations.
Tip#3 – Use the support system.
You can build a support system and don’t tap into it or use it. Then you aren’t getting the benefit from it!
I see people creating a support system and never use it. I myself have this tendency – it’s not unlike buying a whole shelf full of books I have never read. I like the comfort of knowing that if I need that book, I’ll have it within reach, and sometimes that’s good enough for me.
It’s OK if you want the comfort of knowing that support is THERE when you need, if you need it. But if you are someone who can REALLY use it, you have to show up and say hello and share something about what you’re going through.
Tip#4 – Everything think about the 1%
We tend to focus on the big picture and big deals and the big things, that it not only seems overwhelming, but we actually lose sight of the “real” big picture, which is: big successes are a result of many small steps and small successes.
So instead of trying to do a lot of different things at once toward your MSL job applications, think about doing 1% of the big picture consistently and with discipline.
Tip#5 – “Go for the No” and “Failing Forward”
These 2 tips I learned in a business development program, for which I paid $13,500, and I’m going to share with you: Go for the No – and Fail Foward!
This means you learn to embrace rejection by shifting how you see it. Instead of seeing it as ONLY negative, look at what new things you learned that you would not have learned before. Then see this as one step closer to the “yes” in the big picture, because job seeking like many things in life and business is a matter of odds. You have to increase the number of failure in order to increase the odds of success.
This also means you must learn to fail forward. Too often I’ve seen candidates “fail” (no response to resume, bomb the interviews), but instead of failing forward, they fail in place: they do not correct what caused them to fail in the first place, or they keep doing the same things expecting different results. Albert Einstein said this was insane, and I agree.
If you only accept the failure without learning from it, you are likely to reproduce this failure again and again until you learn something different to do.