Cognitive therapy for getting a job is based on my experience of working with many clients over the years that sabotage themselves with various negative thoughts and beliefs. For example, “I’m too old”. “I’m not good enough.” “I have tried to get another job in the past and was unsuccessful, so why bother.” These and other negative job related beliefs stop people right in their tracks.
Using cognitive therapy for getting a job is based on the idea of first identifying self-limiting thoughts and beliefs; secondly, examining the assumptions clearly and, thirdly, replacing all negative thoughts with healthier, more rational and helpful thoughts. For example, while it may be true that you may be too old if you are 70 to play professional basketball, your age might actually be a plus in terms of your knowledge, experience and people skills you have developed.
It may be a fact that you haven’t secured a job after numerous attempts but in a tough economy and a tight job market it doesn’t mean that “you are not good enough”. You may need to try harder, be more patient or try a different tact or approach.
As you learn to reduce negative thinking and increase “possibility thinking”, you may be surprised that you discover opportunities that you haven’t seen before. Examples of useful thoughts and beliefs include:
“I have talents and skills that others will find useful.”
“I am capable of learning new skills that can make me more marketable.”
“It may be challenging to find a new job or career but I am strong and resilient and can stay the course.”
Other helpful tips and strategies can be found in my pocket-sized guidebook, “Managing Workplace Stress and Conflict” available on the products page of www.cognitivetherapy.cc.
So, a fundamental goal of using cognitive therapy for getting a job is to get you out of your own way! As self doubt, helplessness and hopelessness subside, you can channel your energy in a positive way and even enjoy the process of job hunting rather than fearing or dreading it.