Building resilience

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What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to cope or bounce back when things go wrong. Resilience isn't something you are born with, it's a skill that is learnt.

Put simply, resilience means accepting that life is sometimes hard and that life changes. Resilience can be: knowing when you need to ask for help, dealing with challenges, giving things a go or trying your best.  

Resilience and job search

Resilience is an important skill to develop while looking for a job. There will be times when you feel like everything is out of your control. But that's not the case.

One thing you can always control is how you react to change. Instead of getting frustrated with the world you could start planning how you will overcome this challenge.

Tips for building resilience

  1. Stay positive

Staying positive when things go wrong can make a massive difference to how you experience the world.

So maybe you didn’t get into your dream course or you missed out on your dream job. There are always other pathways and opportunities to reach your goal.

Not scoring a specific role is not a reflection of you as an individual. It's often a case of 'someone else was more suitable this time'. While this realisation might be frustrating, it can also be really reassuring. And who knows, a job you’re more suited to or a better opportunity could be just around the corner.

Check out our article "Three ways to stay positive during job search"

  1. Reflect on why things didn’t work out for you.

Resilience is about how well we respond to change. Sometimes even the changes we can plan for (like finishing school) can be a struggle if things don’t quite work out the way you expect. For example, maybe you didn't get the ATAR you expected or finding a job has been harder than you thought.

Think about how your own actions could have contributed to things not going to plan. For example, do you need to improve your time management or be more organised in sending out applications? Take ownership of your mistakes and learn from them. This means you won't repeat them. 

  1. Keep trying

Just because things didn’t work out the way you expected, don’t give up! Keep working on your goals, learning from your mistakes and looking for the positives in the situation.

Going through hard times doesn’t make you weak. Often, the people who are the most mentally tough have become that way by facing some major changes in their life.

  1. You are not alone

Don’t be shy about asking for help. We all need it from time to time.

Family, friends or professionals (like employment services providers or career advisers) can help you gain perspective and offer practical help.

Need more info?

For more tips check out our video 'You got this"

Resources to help you

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.