I’ve had a couple of conversations with job seekers who are feeling stuck in their job search.
Recently, I’ve gone through my own period of “stuck-ness.” Except I keep calling it a “block.”
Have you noticed the similarities between these words and images?
It’s always an outside force that is keeping us from moving forward.
And yet, in my own experience that force keeping you from progress is much more internal.
I love how this one site described it: “A mental block, as I use it here, is a fear response to a skill or skills that an athlete has previously been able to perform without problems.”
Job Search Blocks usually fit a few categories:
- Pain. You’ve been hurt through the process, or still dealing with the hurt of how you left your last job.
- Stress. Either from the job search itself, or coming from the rest of your life that has nothing to do with your job search. Sometimes the stress can so fill up your brain with noise that you can’t think past or through it.
- Paralyzed into inertia. Sometimes over-thinking will just do it. Are you questioning your skills or ability?
- Perfection. Just in case you can’t do something perfectly in great detail the first time, you end up doing nothing at all.
- Bad Record Player. You are starting to actually listen to the nasty voice in your head that spews negativity nonstop and accept it as truth. WHat’s the point of trying if you’re just going to fail anyway?
I wish there was an easier way to get past that block. Sometimes, I’d rather scale an actual wall than do the hard work of getting past that block!
Unfortunately, the only way to get un-stuck is to make a move.
Any move. Just one step forward is progress.
Push through the wall. With as much force as necessary.
If you are feeling “stuck” make one move. It doesn’t even have to be fancy or earth-shattering. Look into new and different directions, and open your eyes to new possibilities!
A couple great articles: