10 Ways to Keep Your Positive Attitude During Your Job Search


Looking for a job is one of the most challenging journeys you’ll ever take.  Staying positive is essential and difficult.  It’s easy to go into a negative place….you’re stressed because the job search is taking longer than you anticipated; the phone screens aren’t turning into interviews or you send out resumes and never hear from anyone.

I can tell you from my own experience that you won’t be hired if you cling to a negative attitude.  People don’t hire crabby, forlorn, grumps!  So, buck up!  You can and will move beyond the hurdles you’re facing.  Here are tips from others who have successfully survived a job search:

  1. Exercise every day.  Make it part of your daily routine.  Exercise rearranges your negative energy and recharges you.  Sweat is a good thing.
  2. Set 3 daily goals.  Start with small goals like making one call to set up a networking meeting or exercising thirty minutes a day.  Reaching daily goals increases your confidence and outlook.
  3. Volunteer and give back.  Helping others is a great way to get your groove back.  You feel a sense of accomplishment and pride because you “got out of yourself” and helped someone else.
  4. Get out of the house at least once a day….especially when the weather starts to turn colder and dreary.  Go to the library and research one of your target companies.  Meet a colleague and share a coffee.
  5. Watch your “self talk” during the day.  You may be sending yourself negative messages and not realize it….messages like “I’ll never get hired.” “I’m too old.” “I’m not good enough.”  Pay attention and if you catch yourself, change the message to something positive i.e. “I’m very proud of myself because I reached my goals today.”
  6. Write down your measurable accomplishments and review them regularly to remind yourself that you are successful.
  7. Start or join an accountability group.  This is a small group of people who are also in transition.  You share your job search plans and hold each other accountable.
  8. Create a detailed project plan for your job search.  Set milestones and action items for yourself.
  9. Read a book about successful people.  Seek out optimistic people and stay away from negative people.
  10. If you’re living in “pity city” move out!  You can visit “pity city”, but you can’t live there!
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