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By Morag Fraser, Student Connections Facilitator at the University of St. Andrews
That word is a bit of a trending topic in itself at the moment. The world of work goes through spates of buzzwords and themes, usually driven by whichever smarty pants PR consultant has had the ear of an executive. But this one is genuinely helpful both to you as an individual and to employers.
Resilience might mean various things to different individuals, which is both a great thing and something terribly vague. When you enter the graduate recruitment process as someone with a disability or a long-term health condition, you are striving for normalcy, to be treated just as your colleagues around you. As a result you can place a great deal of pressure on yourself little realising the cost to yourself emotionally, physically and intellectually. When it comes to job applications we also become extremely attached to the process and it is so easy to fall into the trap that comes with rejection emails. Your heart sinks and with it goes your confidence as you read ’Thank you for your application, but…’, and this is when you even hear back at all. With so many people applying for each opportunity, the reality is that employers can’t always get back to you.
I think that when completing an application, you should always apply with a sense of distance, creating degrees of separation from the whole process. Instead of throwing ALL of you into an application, you can be better served by thinking of yourself as a product/principle you are speaking up for. No one can tell your story but you, but you need to catch the eye and ear of hiring managers by sharing the things that make you, you. A neat way of sounding out an application is to record yourself reading it out. Listen to it like you would a podcast or TedTalk. How’s it sounding? Try imagining someone you admire reading it out.
What’s important, though exhausting and very difficult, is to keep moving. Any application can go one of 2 ways, like when you plant something in a garden. It will grow and thrive, or it won’t. Simple, really. This is what resilience is to me, and what I hope comes to you in time.
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