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Madeleine Dore

Advice on how to build resilience and maintain momentum in your job search.

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Looking for work is a full time job – one that can feel tiresome, demoralising and anxiety inducing. Receiving the news that you have been unsuccessful with an application or interview tests our resilience, and it can be easy to slip into a negative mind frame or a cycle of blame.

Dr Brian Graetz, General Manager Research and Child, Youth & Families at beyondblue told ArtsHub the job seeking process is stressful for anyone.

'If you are going through a series of job interviews and you are not getting the offer, it’s pretty easy to feel downhearted about it all,' he said.

'But the first thing to acknowledge is that you shouldn’t try to minimize the feelings or treat it like something you should brush off… be real about the difficulty of it and how to deal with,' said Graetz.

How can you build resilience in a competitive job market? Along with Graetz, we ask career coaches Nicole Underwood and Alex Kingsmill to share their advice on how to deal with rejection and improve your chances of success in the job search.

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator