Staying Positive Throughout Your Job Search

Keeping an upbeat attitude throughout your job search may seem effortless at first, but if weeks pass without any viable leads, it’s easy to get discouraged. Stopping your job search completely or accepting any job that comes along is tempting, but remember that you’ve come this far (getting an education, crafting a resume, applying for countless jobs) and if you stick with it, you’ll be rewarded with a career you love. Here are some vital tips that will motivate you to keep pounding that pavement:

1) Reward yourself. If you’ve been on countless interviews with no job offers, odds are you’re getting frustrated and even depressed. It’s important to not be hard on yourself and to understand that many people are receiving the same response. Reward yourself as often as you can.

2) Take plenty of breaks and get lots of rest. You’ll spend countless hours in front of the computer checking boxes, uploading resumes, and completing applications, so it’s crucial that you take plenty of breaks throughout. De-stress.

3) Give yourself a partial makeover. Although it may sound trivial, altering your physical appearance even just slightly can trigger a fresh burst of energy and perspective. Get a hair-cut; buy a new suite. This mini make-over can renew your confidence.

4) Exercise. Whether you take a brisk walk every morning or you love lifting weights, exercise can provide energy, optimism, and discipline during your job search.

5) Volunteer. What better way to utilize your unemployed days than to volunteer for a local shelter or another cause? Local non-profits are always in need of extra help.

6) Discuss your job search with friends and family. Don’t keep your frustrations bottled up inside. Share the ups and downs with family, who will be natural source of encouragement.

7) Start a support group. Set up a weekly time to meet for coffee or breakfast with your peers who are also going through a job search. Share your own tips, warnings, or progress, and you’ll soon look forward to this much-needed break.

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