How to Stay Positive During the Job Search

November 09 2015

Everyone says to stay positive. But staying upbeat and happy go lucky during a job search can be challenging. Really challenging. In fact, it is especially as the time goes on and on and your luck is running dry. Yet, a positive attitude helps you land a job.

As Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

Of course, this is easier said than done. Unless, of course, you have a plan in place for success. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to stay motivated and maintain your enthusiasm during your job search.

Eyes on the Prize

Instead of obsessing over every missed opportunity, keep your eyes on your goal. You want to win the war, not the battle. And each stop along the way to achieving your dreams is an opportunity. Learn from it. Embrace it. And above all, stay focused on the end-game. You left your old job for a reason. Remember what that was and envision your life once you find that happier, better place and then make it happen. Dream it and do it.

Positive Thinking; Positive People

A simple smile or laugh can work wonders on your mental health. Yes, thinking positive can be difficult, which is why mindfulness is important. Practice meditation techniques and other exercises that can filter out the negative and keep you in a positive place. Externally, you want to surround yourself with positive people that encourage you and cheer you on along the way. These internal and external forces working together can help you overcome any obstacles along the way and keep you motivated.

Set Acheivable Goals & Act on Them

While your end goal is established, make small goals along the way to ensure success. Network and reach out to people you know within your industry. Take advantage of social media, particularly job related platforms like LinkedIn. Take some time to develop your brand.

Once you have these goals listed, start knocking them off one by one. Celebrate each and every achievement made. You will feel accomplished—as you should, and ultimately, you will feel more in control of your life and your future.





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