7 things jobseekers can learn from Olympic Athletes

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With the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics upon us tonight, we thought it might be a good idea to share some of the athletes’ success tips and how you can apply these to your job search!

  1.        Don’t let it consume your life

In the prime of her athletic career, Jessica Ennis-Hill decided to have a child and take a little time away from training. Despite this, she is back in the game for this year’s Rio Olympics, hoping to defend her heptathlon title. Don’t let your job search control your life… it is not something that can be rushed, so take breaks when you need them and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

 

  1.        Determination

Overcoming hurdles… no, we don’t mean literally! There are always going to be setbacks during your job hunt; being rejected from a job you were really excited about…pulling a ligament so you can’t compete in that next tournament…it’s all relative.  Keep going and don’t give up!

 

  1.        Thinking outside the box

You may think that the only training Usain Bolt does is running. But he also does weight training...strong core muscles are key for sprinting so this is a main focus. During your job search, don’t just apply for the normal roles and sectors…think a little outside the box. For example, establishments such as hospitals don’t only employ doctors and nurses, but have large IT, HR, Finance and Admin departments too.

 

  1.        Training and preparation

Usain Bolt didn’t get to be the fastest man on earth and a 6 time Olympic gold medal winner without a little bit of preparation and training…Bolt spends 90 minutes training every day without fail. The same goes for your job search, take time to prepare for that interview… research the company, find out what awards they’ve won, prepare any questions you want to ask at the end.

 

  1.        Put in the extra effort

Olympic athletes don’t get by, by putting in the minimum…Instead of just using a general cover letter; tailor each cover letter to every job you apply for. That extra effort you put in will be noticed by a potential employer. Effort = Interview!

 

  1.        Eat well

Maybe not the most obvious one, but what you eat has a massive impact on your performance in any sphere. We have all see Mo Farrah promoting his healthy eating with Quorn and getting the protein he needs. Well, it’s the same for you, in order to have the right energy and enthusiasm from your job search, stop the binging and be more active. Chances are it will give you a bit more inspiration too!

 

And finally…

 

  1.        Passion!

If you don’t have passion for what you are doing, then there really isn’t point in you doing it at all. This fits in with determination; athletes love what they do and that’s why they excel at it. Finding the right job is the same and as the saying goes; love what you do and you will never have to work a day in your life. Think wisely about what you love, and then find a job doing it! Simples. 

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