As I grow my business, I keep making mistakes. I spend too much time trying to expand my network, and not enough time blogging, and crafting my presentations. When I caught this imbalance, I regrouped, and gently pulled myself back into balance.
As a job seeker, mistakes are invaluable. Instead of browbeating yourself when you blow an interview–as in wow, I was way too long winded during that interview. What was I thinking??, you can roll up your sleeves and fix the problem. I tell my clients, “Call me when you make a mistake, so we can make a toast to celebrate it. That mistake you made just shaved a day–a week, a month, off of your job search.”
Why? Because mistakes are valuable information. If you don’t make them, if you don’t risk–you actually prolong your job search. During my last job search 7 years ago, I made one big mistake during the first three months of my search, and it cost me that job. I also only had one interview in those three months. At the time, I was in the dark about how to land interviews. When I finally got serious about my job search, I made lots of mistakes, but I also tripled the number of interviews each week. I knew I was doing something right.
Part of how I coach clients is to help them become mistake-friendly. I encourage you to welcome them into your home like an uninvited guest, and receive the gifts they offer.