12 Ways to Stay Positive in a Long-Drawn-Out Job Search
by Tracy Laswell, CPRW, JCTC – CAREER-Magic.com
No doubt about it, job searching can be a draining, emotionally gut-wrenching, and depressing experience. The world as you know it hangs in the balance throughout a long, anxiety-ridden jaunt through the unknown. As a job search expert, a big part of what I do is help clients stay “up” emotionally throughout the process. I feel for you! So here are some thoughts on how to stay up during an extended job search:
- Treat your body like the temple it is: quit smoking, exercise, eat yummy and nutritious foods, rest well, keep yourself meticulously well-groomed. Get outside each and every day for at least 30 minutes – fresh air, sunshine, and nature are free and powerful medicine. Stay away from booze and other chemical depressants. Limit Internet, television, and other electronic depressants.
- Volunteer for worthwhile causes where your contributions are truly appreciated.
- Go to church, meditate, do yoga, read inspirational books – do things to keep your perspective.
- Hang out with supportive, energetic, POSITIVE beings, who are always trying something new. Also spend some time with babies and puppies and kitties – in other words, those who serve as reminders that the simplest things in life can be a joy.
- Get a “plan b” job where you can make a difference, make a few dollars, and make some new networking contacts / friends.
- Throw yourself a pity party – I’m serious! Invite your wisest, closest friends, whine and moan, write a nasty letter that you never send, get it all out of your system so that you can move on.
- Get recommended on LinkedIn, line up your references, and ask your closest friends to tell you five great things about you. Read through written recommendations regularly.
- Cut yourself some slack if you’re feeling angry, bummed, or tired. Give yourself permission to take a break from the search every so often.
- Go back to school or find free online courses to develop a new skill, whether it’s job search related or something fun you’ve always wanted to learn (like a foreign language, cooking, pottery, dance).
- Find some free fun each day – if you look, you can probably find free and low-cost sources of entertainment (free art exhibits and live music at coffee shops, free video and music rentals at the library, etc.).
- Develop a habit of gratitude to replace the habit of self-pity. I personally count my blessings at least once a day, often in writing, and it’s a great way to stay up when life gets grueling and discouraging.
- Get professional help! Call CAREER-Magic today and let us help you get unstuck. Or at very least, email us your resume for a free resume critique (resume analysis).
For more tips on positive, productive job searching, check out our book The Essential Job Search Companion, or call CAREER-Magic today to schedule a job search coaching session – 303-424-1700. We guarantee to provide a boost to your job search!