Why Do Some Job Seekers Give Up?

Why Do Some Job Seekers Give Up?

Those of you who have been following this thread know that I’ve been sharing the results of research I conducted in the summer of 2015. Today’s blog provides insight into those job seekers I spoke with who stopped looking for a job.

Job Seekers Whose Circumstances Changed…And Those Who Gave Up

When I spoke with those who had NOT changed positions since I worked with them, I asked them if they were still job seeking. Of those who were NOT still seeking, I uncovered two primary reasons: Some people’s situation with their current employer had changed, making it a more desirable position; and some had “given up” due to the perception that the job market didn’t hold opportunities for them. Some respondents indicated that additional education would be required to obtain the next position in their career ladder (some of those respondents were pursuing that additional education; others chose not to).

Needless to say, those whose situation with their current employer had improved were much easier to speak with than those who had given up. The adjectives I would use to describe those who had given up include resigned, despondent, hopeless, frustrated, angry.

My recommendation for each of these individuals was to take advantage of my offer of a complimentary coaching session; something very few took me up on. The reason? I think it’s because they were unwilling to grant themselves the possibility that there was hope for their situation, feeling safer staying in their hopelessness.

Best practices tip #8: When I conduct a job search coaching program, the first activity I engage in with the participants is around mindset. I use a model, developed by Master Life Coach Brooke Castillo, to help my clients understand the importance of their thoughts on the results they will achieve in their job search. I can’t stress the importance of this! Even if you don’t utilize the services of a professional resume writer or job search coach, PLEASE get some coaching around mindset before you embark on a job search, particularly if your departure from your previous employers was under less than ideal circumstances.

Even if you consider yourself a positive thinker, a protracted job search can leave you feeling frustrated and allow thoughts such as “I’m not marketable” or “I’ll never find another job” to enter your mind. While you can’t control your circumstances—the company is downsizing, or being acquired, or closing—you can control your thoughts around those circumstances.

I leave you with the quotes accompanying this blog post.


ECC Services

ECC Podcasts

Don't miss a moment of Lesa Edwards' Exclusive Career Coaching podcasts. This weekly podcast covers all things career management including job search strategies, interviewing tips, networking tools, maximizing LinkedIn, salary negotiations, and managing your mindset around your career.