Recruiting 101: Transform Your Job Search with the Secret Weapon of Neuroplasticity!

Sep 9 / Thomas Bartelsen

I can´t do this because of  (INSERT YOUR REASON).

I´ve already received so many rejections – how will I get a job? Is this what your brain tells you?

I FELT LIKE I FAILED many times in my life. Yet, the biggest part of the problem was the mindset.

Now why are we using such fancy words here? 

Neuro-what the hell?

There is no better way to summarize neuroplasticity and its ties to your job search success than using the story of an old Cherokee you´ve probably heard many times.

A wise elder was passing on his knowledge to his young grandson. "Son, a battle is happening inside of me," he told the boy. "It's a terrible battle between two wolves. One of them is evil, filled with anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego."
The elder said, "The other wolf is good, filled with joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same battle is happening inside of you and every other person."
The grandson pondered momentarily before asking his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The elder responded with a simple yet profound answer,

"The wolf that you feed."

Your brain is like that wolve. You program it.

Ok cool, nice story but do you have proof for that?

However, the secret to mastering your job hunt lies in your brain's ability to change and adapt through neuroplasticity. This technique can help you learn new skills, improve your mindset, and ultimately land your dream job. Let's dive into Recruiting 101 and discover how to use neuroplasticity to your advantage!
Let´s take a simplified example.

You can have a fixed mindset where all your skills are already there, or they are not. On the other hand, you can have a growth mindset, which means you can develop everything. Let´s assume you are a child again and consider this Stanford article which, in summary, states:

A way to improve middle-school students’ grades is to teach them to think of intelligence as a skill they can develop over time rather than a talent they were born with. This approach helps students persist despite setbacks and earn better grades. Research has shown that students who were taught that if they work hard, they can grow their brains and become smarter did not experience the usual drop in math grades typical for middle-school students.

Instead, these students worked harder to meet the challenge of their more difficult workload, earning them better rates and sparking a virtuous cycle of hard work and academic success. This approach is efficient for people who think intelligence is fixed, innate, hardwired, genetic, or otherwise unchangeable.

How Neuroplasticity Can Help You Find the Perfect Job 

Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This phenomenon can be incredibly beneficial when finding the perfect job. By training your brain to make connections between your skills and interests, you can identify career paths that align with your strengths and passions. Neuroplasticity can help you develop the resilience and adaptability needed to navigate the job market successfully. Strategies such as visualization, positive self-talk, and mindfulness can all help you stay focused and motivated during the job hunt. Marketing yourself effectively by highlighting your unique skills and experiences is also essential. By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, you can approach your job search with confidence and creativity, ultimately leading to a successful outcome.

Let´s take that a bit further. A recent study by Dweck and Howe found that people who believe their personality is fixed and unchangeable are more likely to connect romantic rejections to themselves, causing rejection to linger longer in their lives. On the other hand, people who believe in their ability to grow and develop are more likely to bounce back and envision a brighter future after a rejection. The study suggests that those who view rejection as revealing a core truth about themselves may struggle with recovery and carry the sacrifice into the future.
What can you derive from this? You can accept rejection as a path to learning (= a growth mindset and a chance to use the effects of neuroplasticity) or go down the other route of negativity.

One of the most critical aspects of neuroplasticity is its ability to help you make connections. When looking for a job, seeing how your skills and experience can fit into different roles and industries is essential.

Likewise, it might help you identify gaps you can fill with your development plan .

By training your brain to make connections, you can better identify opportunities that may take time to be noticeable. This can be done through networking, brainstorming, and even just taking the time to think about how different experiences can be applied in new ways. With these skills, you can start to see the job hunt as a puzzle to be solved rather than a daunting task. By embracing neuroplasticity and using it to your advantage, you can find the perfect job and take your career to the next level.

Strategies for Finding the Right Job Using Neuroplasticity 

When finding the right job, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. However, by utilizing the power of neuroplasticity, you can train your brain to make connections and find the perfect fit. One strategy is to focus on your strengths and identify industries or roles that align with them. An easy way to determine would be the 16 Personalities test. 

Another is to network and build relationships with professionals in your desired field, allowing your brain to make new connections and expand your opportunities. Mindfulness and positive thinking can help you stay motivated and optimistic throughout the job hunt. By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, you can approach your job search with a growth mindset and increase your chances of finding success. Remember to market yourself effectively and showcase your unique skills and experiences to potential employers. With dedication and a willingness to adapt, you can master your job hunt and find the perfect career path.

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Tips for Marketing Yourself 

When it comes to the job hunt, marketing yourself is crucial. You need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd and showcase your unique skills and abilities. One of the best ways to do this is by harnessing the power of neuroplasticity. You can develop innovative ways to market yourself to potential employers by training your brain to make connections and think creatively. Start by highlighting your strengths in your resume and cover letter. Use specific examples to showcase your skills and accomplishments.

Additionally, network and build relationships with people in your industry. Attend networking events and reach out to people on LinkedIn. By using neuroplasticity to think outside the box and market yourself effectively, you can increase your chances of finding the perfect job. Remember, with the right mindset and strategies; you can master your job hunt and achieve your career goals.

In conclusion, the power of neuroplasticity is a game-changer for successfully finding your perfect job. It´s like the African proverb states:
If there´s no enemy from within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.

By utilizing neuroplasticity, you can identify the most suitable career path by linking your skills and interests alongside your desired development plan. Concentrating on your strengths, building professional networks in your desired field, and maintaining your enthusiasm is crucial. To catch the attention of potential employers, market yourself creatively and highlight your exceptional skills. With the correct mindset and approach, attaining success is possible
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