What is a Growth Mindset and how can you use it to get success?

When looking for jobs it’s usual to have a number of setbacks along the way. One way of ensuring that this doesn’t get you down and to maximise your success is to adopt what is known as a Growth Mindset.

People who choose to believe that their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe that talents are natural gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.

If you go into your job hunt optimistic about finding a job that will eventually become your new career, you’ll inevitably have a more pleasant (and most likely, faster) job search experience. Having a negative attitude (e.g. “This job search will take forever” or “I’ll never find something that I want to do”) can ruin your chances for job search success.


'Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.' Albert Einstein

Types of mindset

The “Fixed Mindset”

The Fixed Mindset represents a certain group of people who believe that you’re born with the intelligence and the traits that you will have your whole life. Nothing you can do can change it, so people who have a Fixed Mindset, “worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.” In essence, those who possess a Fixed Mindset will often limit themselves.

The “Growth Mindset”

Unlike the Fixed Mindset, people who have a Growth Mindset view their lives as a continuous learning and growing process. They view their intelligence, characteristics, and traits as a launching pad for greater things. They know that it takes time and energy (as well as desire) to develop into the people they are meant to be — and are prepared to make the investment.

Can I have a “Growth Mindset”?

Good news! Your brain is constantly developing which means that you can train your brain to think very differently. Take a look at the next page to find out what you can do to ensure your success!

Which of these are you most like?

Changing your mindset to achieve success

People with a growth mindset understand that one particular failure, will contribute to another success because they can learn from it. Remember that these kinds of experiences can teach you something valuable - chances are you won’t make that same mistake twice on your CV or interview if you know it could be the very thing that stopped you from getting that job!

Breaking out of your fixed mindset will also require you to stop comparing your ability to others. It is very easy to give up before you even begin because of what you think another person might be good at, but being confident in your efforts is equally as important to an employer.

When looking at two different CVs, an employer won’t always be able to tell the difference between someone who is naturally skilled and someone who is simply a hard-worker. So, when it comes to applying for jobs, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain!

Taking the Next Step:

Let’s put your new, growth mindset to good use by writing a new CV. Applying your growth mindset from the very start will help you make sure that you are doing the most you can to show yourself off.

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