By Definition – (the situation of being faced with) something that needs great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and therefore tests a person’s ability.

This can be readily applied when trying to secure employment. Writing of covering letters, updating resume, meeting the deadline for when applications close are all huge challenges every time we apply for a position.

Steps to handling the challenge

Think about the job challenge (application) you’re dealing with. You may be able to improve the situation on your own by following these steps:

  • Relax. Take a few deep breaths, read what is required.
  • Try to see the problem from all sides. What do I need to write, what is the employer asking for. Take responsibility for any of your actions or attitudes (be positive / confident) as this will reflect in the message / application that you are trying to write.
  • Describe the problem like you’re explaining it to a friend (not sure what to write, understanding the job advertisement). Write down your description.
  • Brainstorm possible solutions. Try different fonts, formats, seek professional help, and search online for suggestions.
  • Make a list of good and bad points ask a friend to review by taking the employer’s perspective. Be ready to accept negative feedback. Be prepared to make changes.
  • Choose one solution to try first. Set small achievable targets (do not set yourself up for failure)
  • Break that solution down into smaller steps to see how your plan will work.
  • Take action. Start with the first step.

When to ask for help

It can be overwhelming to resolve application issues on your own, so it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Knowing when you need help is a sign of maturity, wisdom and strength. Start with people you trust, like your friends and family, your supervisor, a co-worker or a counsellor or your Workskills consultant.

You can overcome job challenges

You’re on your way to dealing with a job challenge when you realize the situation needs to change. By taking responsibility for your own issues, coming up with a plan and asking for help when you need it, demonstrating your effectiveness / resourcefulness and will see a massive improvement in the quality of your application.

So in summary, it is no secret that writing / applying for employment can be a very involved and even a traumatic experience. Even the most experienced people can have issues when applying and trying to compile applications. But with persistence, determination and utilising the resource sources available, you can and will be well placed to submit an application worthy of consideration.

Good Luck – and remember we will lose some battles along the way but being persistent and adaptive you can win the war.