Staying motivated and keeping a positive attitude during a long job search can feel impossible at times. A recent study shows that many job seekers are out of work for up to a year. The grueling job hunt process can take its toll on many job seekers, but maintaining a positive attitude can help you get through it and get a new position. In our last blog post, we discussed a few ways to stay positive during a long job hunt. In this post, we’ll offer you a few new techniques.
Learn From the Past
Take the opportunity to learn from the past. Continue to build on experiences to improve yourself and your abilities. Everyone has lessons to learn, especially on the job. Reflect on prior situations and aspects of your former job that you particularly liked or disliked. Be honest with yourself and ask:
- What could I have done better?
- Could I have made changes to my demeanor or skills in this role?
- How can I update my attitude, education or skills to serve me better in the future?
- Is this the right job for me? Are there better positions out there?
Once you take stock, create a game plan to learn from what happened before and ensure that the future does not include behaviors or events that prevent you from success. This is a good time to make sure you have a promising future without repeating situations that caused difficulties in the past.
Besides listing and focusing on your talents in your day-to-day job hunt, this is a good time to take up something that motivates you. Whether it’s getting fit, taking a class, learning a new skill or finishing some pursuit, achievement is revitalizing. And, why not put a little extra energy towards whatever makes you feel connected to something larger than yourself? Whether it is time spent in volunteer work, community projects or neighborhood issues, now is the time to pay more attention to those activities and nurture your Spirit.
Watch Your Self-Talk
Listen carefully to the things you say to yourself. Make sure that you are speaking in positives and not criticizing yourself all day long. In any case, positive attitude comes from within. Self-talk can be very encouraging too. Imagine what would happen if you spoke nicely to yourself all day. You could not help but be positive!
Set Your Expectations
It can be easy to feel negative if you don’t set your expectations for feedback in a modern job search. Often, a negative response, lack of response or rejection may be the new normal. Don’t spend energy beyond a little self-assessment on:
- Why aren’t they calling me back?
- Don’t they send out acknowledgement cards anymore?
- I thought the interview went well and but it’s been two weeks already.
- The recruiter seemed so interested in me, but then communication stopped?
This can be very difficult, but in this job climate, employers and their representatives are not following up as in the past. It is not about you as an applicant, but rather about the business of demand and supply. Very few people land the very first job they apply for or after the first interview. You can see a job rejection as a personal attack on your abilities or character, or you can view it as an opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself — a “practice interview.” It’s all about managing your emotions, not their lack of response.
Even though it is important to maintain a positive attitude, you will have negative moments too. No one can maintain a positive attitude 100% of the time. Give your negative feelings 30 minutes of your time, one week a day, and then get back to your search.
For more tips on dealing with your job search, check out the rest of our blog.
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