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[VIDEO] Why Failure Is Important to Your Job Search

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For those deep in a job search, failure hardly seems like a viable option. In today’s video post however, the conversation turns the tables on this topic and discusses why failure is in fact so crucial to your professional life.

Robby Slaughter, a productivity expert and author of the book Failure: The Secret to Success, discusses the difficulties that job seekers face in our market today. In particular, he talks about the misconception that failing is always bad and taking risks is something to avoid when unemployed. On the contrary, Slaughter believes these are the factors that out of work professionals should embrace more often:

You have to find the wrong jobs first before you find the right job. You have to work your way through the process to find the best opportunity to move forward.

Here, Slaughter illustrates one of the most valuable gifts failure can offer: contrast. Failure is something that none of us wishes for, but it’s one of those things that provides us with the something we don’t need. For every job that didn’t work out, every interview that didn’t go well, every task that didn’t succeed, we’re given valuable information about what didn’t work. This information is critical to helping us form an accurate picture of what we really do want. Without it, we’re left with ideas that can end up being illusions or mistakes and that ultimately will lead to…you guessed it, failure.

So it’s fair to say that failure can provide great clarity. If we’re willing to take the information from failure and truly learn from it, each failure can diminish our chances for future failure and put us on a path where true success is far more likely.


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In his interview with Karen Weik, Slaughter highlights why failure is important both for potential candidates and companies. He also provides advice on to how to move forward in your job search and why breaking the rules is a good risk to take. Take a few minutes to watch the video below and consider what more you can do to enhance your resume and get a leg up on your competition.

One of the chief enemies of success for the job seeker that Slaughter points out in the video is the sense of panic and fear that comes with being unemployed. There are very real existential concerns facing the job seeker: How do I pay my bills? How will I get insurance? What if I lose my house or my car? Additionally, other more psychological questions can plague the job seeker: Am I really talented? Do I have any worth? Do my family and friends think less of me because I don’t have a job?

These fears and the panic they induce can cause job seekers to go into a protective shell, the exact opposite approach that Slaughter suggests for success. Instead, Slaughter says, job seekers should be unafraid to fail, to accept the feedback that comes with failure, and to use that as fuel for eventual success.

The job search is like every other part of our lives–it is filled with ups and downs. But if we pretend that failures don’t happen or that they don’t matter, we make the experience far worse. Instead, as the author suggests, professionals should embrace mistakes as learning opportunities. After all, if a company fails to learn from what they did wrong, why should candidates want to work there?

To learn more about Slaughter’s book, Failure: The Secret to Success, visit Already have a job and want to improve your workflow and productivity? Consider reaching out to AccelaWork for a consultation.

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Ashley Lee

Ashley Lee

Ashley has been working with the AccelaWork team since 2008. She is a communications expert with a background in corporate work, and a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Public Relations. She lives in the greater Indianapolis area with her husband and four children. Ashley enjoys jewelry, fashion, and coffee.
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