Have you ever had a near miss at work, driving or walking down the street? How did you react? After the initial shock, did you simply brush it off as a one of those things and get on with your day or look for a change to make things better or perhaps even safer?
Last week whilst cycling to work I was almost hit by car. Near misses on Sydney roads are generally expected if you cycle (and drive) and I didn’t think too much of it once the adrenalin and shock eased.
When I told a colleague, his first comment was ‘every near miss is a lesson learnt’. A positive response. I hope the driver learnt to always check blind spots and I learnt I should always be alert on the roads. Fair points.
Near misses in our lives happen and lets be honest, most of us don’t take them as seriously as we should. Our lives continue or on some occasions we decide to make a significant change. But when a near miss comes along in a career context, the reaction is met differently.
Too often, near misses in our careers such as not being shortlisted for interview or being unsuccessful for a position are met with feelings of shock, personal disappointment and even failure. Some of these feelings can be ongoing and impact our self-confidence and ability to apply for future opportunities.
We need to recognise these near misses are as much a part of our careers as other near misses. We need to have the resilience to learn from these experiences and continue to develop, making changes when needed, rather than dwelling on what could have been.
Applying for jobs will have highs and lows. It can be emotional, exciting and it also brings out feelings we may find challenging.
It’s our reaction to the potential lows we need to manage.
Look for the lessons in your job search and learn to move forward with every career opportunity. There will be other opportunities however learning from your past experiences will play an important role in future successes.