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How To Remain Positive While Jobless

Category: Applying For Jobs


Rejection, especially in this job market, is an unavoidable
reality. You won’t win every time. It’s okay been disappointed, for a minute,
but set a limit and move on. Part of job search success requires self
evaluation. It’s important to recognize the possibility you might be doing
something wrong and, if so, to be open to positive change.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a while and you feel like
you’re getting nowhere, consider asking your recent interviewers and peers for
constructive criticism. Be prepared for the sugar-coated version, but at least
you will gain some perspective on what you may be able to change for future

I find the most frustrated job seekers are those who walk
blindly through their job searches. Recruiters and hiring managers are keen at
sniffing out those with chips on their shoulders. Not being aware of negative
feelings or the inability to control emotions throughout a difficult job search
process will quickly send a job seeker to the depths of job search hell, and we
all know that is not a pretty place to be.

I know it’s easier said than done, but keeping your chin up
and sending out positive vibes throughout every step of an interview process is
critical to your success. Here are 6 ways to stay positive during your job

1. Take responsibility for your happiness: Too often we let other people determine our happiness. When
you let a potential employer, or anyone else for that matter, control your
feelings, you’ll never end up very happy. Happiness, bitterness, or
frustrations are all choices. How you decide to react to any situation in a job
search is up to you. There are a many issues you won’t have any control over.
The key is knowing what is within your power (yourself) and what is out of your
hands (everyone else).

2. Reward yourself for the small successes along the way: Celebrate when you get a phone interview or second-round
interview. Ok, it’s not a job offer, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Even if you aren’t selected for the job, it means your resume is communicating
the right things to a potential employer.

3. Find a job search partner and surround yourself with
positive people:
Networking should play a huge part in your job search,
however, if you find yourself surrounded by “Debbie Downers”, find another
group! This goes for a job search partner, too. While finding someone to talk
to who’s in the same boat as you and who understands the frustrations is very
helpful, make sure you help keep each other motivated and positive.

4. Set goals. Get up and get out: Don’t allow yourself to sleep in and lounge around. Take
your job search seriously and search every single day. Set daily goals and
track your progress so you have a good idea of where you are heading. Setting a
job search schedule will give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of each

5. Find time to do things you enjoy: Keeping your life balanced will help you stay positive and
keep things in perspective. Explore a new hobby. Catch up on your reading list.
Eat right and exercise! Stay engaged with your family and friends.

6. Consider exploring a cause you are passionate about
through part-time volunteer work:
Not only can volunteering lead to possible job and new
connections, but it’s a good way to add structure to your days and feel like
you are contributing to a positive cause.