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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Volunteer for worthwhile causes where your contributions are truly appreciated.
  3. Go to church, meditate, do yoga, read inspirational books – do things to keep your perspective.
  4. 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.
  5. Get a “plan b” job where you can make a difference, make a few dollars, and make some new networking contacts / friends.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.).
  11. 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.
  12. 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!