“CV looks great… check! Cover letter communicates the message you want it to… check! Transcripts and reference letters are ready to go… check!” Since you just graduated with your PhD, you will for sure get that job, right?
There are always those factors you may be worried about, however. “Do I have enough publications?” “How will Human Resources view my Human Development degree when the job ad calls for a degree in Psychology?” “Do I have enough credit hours?” “Maybe I should have left out that last school I worked for on my cover letter.”
These are factors you cannot possibly control!
As a therapist, literally half of my job is to question negative thoughts and also to teach clients how to have influence over their thoughts. A concept I really emphasize is Control vs. Influence. You can’t necessarily control all factors of your job search, but you can influence most, if not all, of your job search.
Positive thoughts is an excellent way to influence your online teaching job search.
Here are some types of thoughts and how you can influence positive thinking.
- All or nothing thinking – this is looking at situations as either black or white. You may say “if my CV isn’t perfect, I won’t get the job,” or “I am wasting my time applying because I don’t meet all the requirements.” You can challenge these thoughts by asking yourself “what evidence do I have?” What is the worst thing that can happen? What happens if you don’t try?
- Overgeneralization – this is assuming you wouldn’t get the job based on a few rejections. This would be before you even submitted the application. You are wondering how this time may be different, or if it is even different at all. Think about all the positive outcomes here. Again, think about what happens if you didn’t? You would get the same outcome. You can have influence over this by applying for the job and giving it your best shot. The more applications the better.
- Not giving yourself enough credit – You might say “it was pure luck that I was hired by those three schools, but I’ll never take on a fourth school.” Thinking positively, you can say to yourself “the first three schools took note of my expertise and experience, and another school will see that too. I just need to find the right fit.”
The idea here is that there is always two ways of looking at a situation. You may have had a job interview that didn’t go too well. What went wrong? Instead of thinking of it as a failure, think about what you learned from the interview and how you can use that going forward in your online teaching job search. How will you nail that interview next time?
I’d like to leave you with a small activity to do. Take some time out of your day every now and then to write down three to five things that are going well with your job search. Use those as strengths to build off of. Are there things you think you can improve on? You can use these as suggestions and build on them as well. Keep your stress level in mind, and remember to take time out of your search every now and then to reward yourself after you have met a certain goal.
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About the Author
Felix McGee is currently a Home Based Therapist
that works with children and families, Psychology Professor, and Professional Life Coach.
You can visit his life coaching website at withyoulifecoaching.com