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How to Stay Positive While Looking for a Job

How to Stay Positive While Looking for a Job

Who do you picture when you think of a job seeker? Perhaps someone who is stressed and desperate to find a job. Someone who spends their days reading hundreds of job postings and submitting many applications.

Looking for a job is hard work. It takes determination, energy, and time. Many years of experience, a strong resume, and a well-written cover letter might not be enough. Job hunting can be a daunting task–it might take more time than you expect to find a job–so it is important to stay positive. 

When I was a job seeker, I was going through countless job postings and writing tons of creative cover letters, but no one was inviting me to a job interview, let alone offering me a job.  Although I felt disappointed, it was just a temporary feeling. Deep down, I knew that the job I was waiting for would appear soon.

I stayed positive.

You should too!

A positive attitude will help motivate you to continue with your job search and manage its challenges. It's as essential to your work search as a well-written resume and a professional network. People with a positive attitude appear confident when networking and during interviews, and are more likely to be hired.

4 Tips on How to Stay Positive in Your Job Search

1. Network
Connect with other people who are in a similar situation. They can offer you good advice and helpful tips. By networking you also increase your chances of finding a job.

2. Set a Routine
Starting your day early and being well-organized will give you enough time for your job search and your other responsibilities. Set a specific amount of time that you are going to dedicate to your job search, and have daily tasks and goals to keep you focused.

3. Volunteer
It's a great way to keep yourself busy, and it gives you the opportunity to meet new people. Volunteering for something that you believe in can lift your spirits, and it'll look great on your resume. It can also lead to a job, like in my case. I volunteered for a non-profit organization for several months and then got a job there. As a volunteer, I acquired and gained new skills which I apply to my current job.

4. Don't Give Up
Don't get discouraged when you're not getting any emails back or you're not getting any responses. Stay healthy, exercise and nurture a grateful attitude. It's important to focus on the good things when going through a difficult and often stressful job search.

Staying positive in your job search may be easier said than done, but it's worth it.  A University of Missouri study showed having a positive attitude while searching for a job can contribute to receiving invitations to interviews and job offers.

So, keep your head up! Stay positive and don’t give up searching!

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