CDO DJ: Never Going Back Again

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Never Going Back Again is a song featured on Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours. The only drawback of this song is that it doesn’t feature Stevie Nicks’ raspy yet warm voice. However, it does feature Lindsey Buckingham who also wrote the song following a bad breakup. He said the song “reflects a desire not to repeat previous mistakes.”

Been down one time
Been down two times
I’m never going back again

What mistakes are you making over and over again while job searching? Continually making the same mistakes can be debilitating. It can result in procrastination, a blow to your confidence, or a lack of enthusiasm. Here are four simple steps to avoid repeating mistakes.

  1. Create a new habit. Are you failing to schedule informational interviews, reach out to your network, actually send in applications for jobs that interest you? If so, create a habit. Studies have shown that it takes a minimum of 21 days to create a habit. The key is to start simple. If your job searching mistake is that you aren’t job searching at all, start small. For example, for 21 consecutive days make a commitment to reach out to one contact a day or to review job listings/databases for 30 minutes a day.
  2. Ask yourself, “Why?” Noticing yourself making the same mistake over and over? Ask yourself why. Getting to the core of what is causing you to make mistakes can often lead you to a solution. The why question may have a subset of additional questions: who is involved, what is the subject matter, when is it occurring, and where is it happening. Learning more about the cause of mistakes may lead you to make some substantial changes. Are you failing to make application deadlines? Further reflection may clarify you are applying for jobs that you aren’t passionate about or are located in an undesirable geographic location.
  3. Forgive yourself. When we make mistakes we tend to beat ourselves up and that never feels good. Give yourself amnesty. You will find that forgiving yourself will clear your mind and allow you to move forward. Found a mistake in a cover letter for the job you most desired? Showed up ten minutes late for the most coveted interview? Continually beating yourself up may actually hinder your ongoing job search rather than teach your lesson. Let bygones be bygones.
  4. Get organized. The culprit of many job searching mistakes is disorganization. Have a messy work space? Fail to keep a regular calendar? Not a fan of the checklist or daily reminders? Didn’t reply to an important email because your email account is cluttered? Organization can be a simple step to help you stay focused and stop repeating mistakes.

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