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10 Tips for Staying Positive During a Job Search

Here are 10 tips for remaining upbeat and enthusiastic during your job search.


1. Get Organized

Take time to get organized. Having everything you need for a job search ready will make the process much smoother. Have your resume and LinkedIn profile updated, gather some references you can use, get an interview outfit ready to wear, and put a plan for organizing your job search in place.

Make sure your CV is updated and enticing to prospective employers, your LinkedIn profile is polished and professional.


2. Create a Daily Job Search Routine

If possible, treat your job search like a 9-5 job. For the time being, consider your job search as your full-time job. Wake up early, take a lunch break, and end your job search activities before dinner.

Creating a regular routine and keeping your job search organized will keep you focused and motivated.


3. Find Time to Not Think About Your Job Search

However, excessive worry about your job search only increases your stress and keeps you from enjoying other aspects of your life. Set aside time each day to forget about your job search and do something you enjoy, like going for a walk or to the gym (exercise is an important way to de-stress!) or going or a movie.


4. Focus on Your Positives

When job searching, it is useful to make a list of your best qualities, skills, and accomplishments. Remembering what makes you a successful job candidate and a talented, unique person will help boost your confidence during the job search process.


5. Set Reasonable, Concrete Goals

At the start of each week, make a list of specific, manageable goals that you would like to achieve. Perhaps you’d like to write five cover letters that week. Focus on small, achievable goals, you will feel more accomplished throughout your job search.


6. Volunteer

Helping others is a good way to help you feel more purpose-driven. Find a volunteer organization that is related to your personal interests, or even to your career. The time you spend volunteering can go on your CV and count as part of your work experience.

7. Join a Job Search Club

Joining an organization of other job seekers will provide you with much-needed support. A job club can help you stay on top of your own job search, and may even provide you with job search tips and job leads. Look to your local library, or your community centre for possible clubs.


8. Celebrate Small Victories

It is easy to focus on the negative during a job search, such as the interview you didn’t land or the job you didn’t get. Instead, focus on even the smallest wins. Be proud of yourself for getting a phone interview, even if you don’t get asked for an in-person interview. Celebrating the small wins will help you to focus on the positive.


9. Move On Quickly

If you apply for a job or interview for a position, it is easy to become fixated on waiting for a reply from the employer. Yes, you should keep track of the jobs to which you apply, and you can contact the employer if you do not hear a response in a week or two. However, if you don't receive any response, or if you do not get the job, move on. Simply cross that job off of your list and focus on the next opportunity.



10. See Everything as an Opportunity

Try to think of each activity as an opportunity that will only make you a better candidate. If you are interviewing for a job, you don’t think you want (or don’t think you will get), try to think of the interview as a chance to network and to work on your interview skills. Think of each cover letter as the chance to hone your writing and editing abilities. Simply thinking of tasks as opportunities rather than chores will put you in a positive mindset.