Once, during a police safety-awareness training, I received a fascinating insight: we humans are the only species to ignore our gut instinct. Animals sense danger and run, but humans question whether or not they should run, and that doubt often puts them into danger.
What does this have to do with a job search? Too often we stop listening to our gut instinct, or intuition, as we go through the interview process. Instead, we reason our way through situations that some part of us knows is wrong.
As I coach people through their job search, the topic of heeding intuition comes up frequently. Some clients talk themselves into going on second interviews or accepting employment offers, even though their intuition senses danger. That danger might show up as a toxic boss or co-worker. It might be boring day-to-day job duties that zap their soul and stagnate their growth. Danger could be a company on shaky financial ground.
Disregarding our gut responses is understandable; after all, a job search is crazy stressful, and everyone’s immediate goal is to make that stress end as soon as possible. It can be hard to say “no” to second interviews or offers, yet I guarantee your new-job happiness will be temporary if you ignore an instinct that tells you to run. Eventually the reality of what you sensed was wrong with the new work situation will unfold. Soon enough, your stress will return as a nagging pull to begin job hunting once more.
Are you nervous about your ability to hold yourself accountable to your intuition? That’s when you should enlist resources: a friend, a family member or a coach. They can serve as a sounding board, play devil’s advocate or hold up a mirror to your blind spots. Remember, the goal of a job search isn’t just to land, but to land well.
Stop doubting your instincts and start listening to your inner voice which will always steer you in the right direction. Looking for a sounding board? I invite you to schedule a 30-minute complimentary call, You can also sign up for my newsletter for promotional offers, new blog alerts, and special-event notifications.