Updated: Aug 30
Are you struggling to get that dream job?
That perfect role that fulfills you at a company with great values and a culture you love?
If you find yourself hopping from one lousy job to the next with minimal improvement in your overall happiness, it's time for some serious self-reflection.
What's Holding You Back From The Job of Your Dreams?
Is it a lack of experience, an outdated resume, or a lack of networking? If you keep saying yes to jobs that don't light you up, it's easy to start believing that they're the only option. I'm here to tell you that that's not the case. The real issue might be your scarcity mindset, and the sooner you recognize it, the better off you'll be.
Ok...so what is a Scarcity Mindset?
Scarcity mindset is the belief that there isn't enough of something to go around. It's a fixed mindset that creates a lot of self-limiting beliefs, prevents you from taking risks, trying new things, and going after your dreams.
Yeah...not great for finding a role that fills your bucket and lights you up!
How Does Scarcity Mindset Impact Your Job Search?
A lot of my clients believe they are only qualified for a limited number of great jobs. This often leads to settling for a job that's not the right fit out of fear that you won't find anything better. Or, if you think that you don't have what it takes to get a job in your dream industry, you'll never even try.
Furthermore, your job search is likely filled with self-doubt. You might be afraid to apply for jobs out of your comfort zone or reach out to people in a new industry to learn more. As a result, you're likely only applying for jobs that are safe and familiar. This leads to a lack of engagement and limited growth.
This past week I had a client confess she wasn't excited about a job offer she had just received. However, she felt like she had to accept the job after having already invested the time in the interview process. She didn't want to appear ungrateful for the opportunity even though it wasn't the right fit. She was ready to take a job that didn’t excite her because she felt that it might be her best and only option. This is not where we want to be!
If a role isn't the right fit, it's ok to pass on the opportunity. Interviews are a 50/50 interaction and both parties should walk away feeling hopeful for a new chapter of growth.
If this is you, there is hope!
How to Break Free
The first step is acknowledging that you are viewing your job search through a scarcity mindset. Once you're aware of your self-limiting beliefs, you can start to challenge them.
Brainstorm all of the reasons why you're qualified for your dream job. Write down your skills, experience, and accomplishments. Remember, you are qualified for more than you think!
Make a list of all the reasons why it's worth it to take a risk. What's the worst that could happen? You don't get the job? You'll be in the same place you are now. But what if you do get the job? It's a chance to finally be fulfilled in your career!
Start taking small steps outside of your comfort zone. Begin by applying for one job that's a little out of your reach to get more comfortable with the process. Start talking to others in your network about your goals. And if you can, ask if they know someone who might be able to provide insight into the new field.
You Deserve a Fulfilling Career
Your scarcity mindset will hold you back from finding the career of your dreams. But by recognizing your self-limiting beliefs, you can begin to change them. Start small, and be patient with yourself. Remember, you deserve a career that lights you up!
If this resonated with you and you're ready to start making some serious changes in your job search, I'd love to help you take that leap of faith.
I'm Brandi, and as your career coach, I can help you break free of your scarcity mindset, set goals, and create a plan to land your dream job.
Let's get started with a FREE 20-minute consultation!
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