Even if you aren’t a fan of golf, you can still appreciate the lengths Phil Mickelson took to finally win the British Open this year.
Growing up, we’re all told, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Well, it looks like Phil really took that lesson to heart. After constantly coming in 2nd in major tournaments, he was able to put the past behind him and earn the trophy he has his eyes on.
What does Phil’s big win and job searching have in common? More than you may think.
1) No one wins by giving up - Phil started the last day of the Open five strokes behind the leader. For you non-golfers, that’s not easy to come back from. He birdied four of the last six holes to clinch the win. Now, that’s impressive. I’m really lucky if I get a birdie in putt-putt. If your job search has been stalling out and you don’t think you’ll ever find the right-fit job, you have to keep pushing. Phil could have easily just kept going at the rate he had established in the first few days and had an impressive finish. But, he decided that wasn’t good enough and pushed himself to have one of the best rounds of golf he’s ever had. Use this as your inspiration. Push yourself to apply to more jobs, to follow up on all applications and to make sure every application is error free. Don’t settle for, “I did enough”, and only be okay with, “I did absolutely everything I could.”
2) Loyalty will take you far - Phil’s caddie, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, has been working with him for over 20 years. In that time, they’ve experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows. If you find a team you like working with and a boss who makes you really want to do a great job, stick with them. Not every day will be perfect, but if you push through the hard times you’ll not only be able to celebrate the good times with people you like, but you’ll also have proved that you are here to stay and are a great candidate for an internal promotion. You’re not going to be BFFs with everyone you work with, but staying with a company that you feel can really help your career growth can pay off in the long run.
3) Your fans can help you along - In addition to his caddie, Phil’s family and friends were with him every step of the way. His wife and children join him at almost every event, he learned how to golf from his dad and he has loyal fans that are cheering him at every hole and at every tournament. Surrounding yourself with people you trust can really help encourage you in your job search. By creating a ‘job search team’ you will have people who will push you when you start to slack, help you bounce back when things don’t go your way and celebrate with you when you do get that job offer. Have your team look over your applications to make sure you didn’t miss any mistakes, practice interviewing with them so you’ll know what to expect in job interviews.
On the flip side, if you know someone searching for a job, be a part of their team and help with their search. Keep an eye out for any job openings you see and listen to your connections to see if they know of anyone hiring.
With determination, allegiance and a powerful support network, Phil was able to push through and come out on top. After 20 years of taking on the British Open, he was finally able to leave with his name etched on the first-place trophy. Take his lessons to heart and give your job search the extra boost it needs so you can sink that last putt to becoming employed.