8 Ways To Stay Positive During Your Job Search

Job searching is a time consuming effort and with the passage of time, it is easy to get disheartened with the process. If only it were easier. Well, if you are reading my other hubs on job searching, you should be finding it easier. Perhaps however, this is the time when you need to simply re-affirm some things, collect your thoughts, assert your position, and put in more hard work than ever. One of the attributes of a fruitful and successful job hunter is determination and persistence.

1. Start as you mean to go on – the first few minutes of your day, the first 30 minutes in fact are vital. Set your alarms as though you were going to work, have a shower and exercise with a brisk walk to get air into your lungs. Adopt the posture of a person who might be no different from a working person. These habits reaffirm positive thinking.

2. Set daily goals – if you don not have anything solid to work towards, you could end up having virtually nothing to focus on and you will find yourself achieving very little. Get friends or family to help with this. Set goals. It trains the mind to be more positive. Having others to help prevent you from getting into a rut can be a gift.

3. Set up the right job searching environment- so make a space at home somewhere where you can organise your job searching with a phone, computer / laptop and everything else you might need to run your searches from. Treat it like a workspace or an office.

4. Eat right – eat the proper food like vegetables and fruit, avoid the junk foods and fatty foods. I recommend restricting your alcohol also. And any other things that might affect your attitude. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, which is what is needed for finding work. You can celebrate later when you get that job.

5. Don’t take rejections personally - this involves being honest with yourself, and moving forward. Do your best to find out why you have not been successful, learn from it and move on. There is no point crying over spoiled milk.

6. Remember the law of averages finding jobs is about numbers. The more calls and openings you get and make – the more networking events you go to, so the more applications you make, and so the more likelier you are of being successful in finding the job you have been looking for.

7. Enjoy the job searching process – as with pointers one and two – use the period to reassess your goals and targets, spend the time finding what you really want to do, and immerse yourself in this process. Make yourself the best you can possibly be. If further skills are what is needed, then act accordingly.

8. Create a support network – I already covered this is another Hub on Networking, but it has been shown that creating an alliance with other people looking for jobs will help share your experiences, and help you to get advice and give you an important outlet for your inner feelings. We are all human.

I hope you take something from these pointers, and focus on what you will need to get that job. Please read my other hubs, if you haven’t done so already. And I would appreciate it if you could rate my hub also. Thanks. I wish you the best of luck in finding that job and finding what you want in life.

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Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Another great hub for the job seekers, it is so hard to keep positive and your hubs offers great ideas.

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Darlene - you are becoming a loyal fan and Hubber here! I sure appreciate that. I hope to inspire people into their jobs! Call me crazy, but I have an excess of positive energy, and have to unload it into my hubs. I'm on a mission, so to speak! Thanks for being such an avid reader. Aah! Just spied another comment from you in another hub! Heh! Expect plenty of visits from me, Darlene. x : )

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Sa Toya 7 years ago from England

I needed this Cheeky...I've been job hunting for a couple months now...being fresh out of uni during a recession..well.

Thanks a alot...you have no idea. I'm beginning to get uber frustrated and this is such a BIG help!

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Sa Toya: Well, first things first. Congrats for getting out of Uni alive and in one piece. I mean that in a good way. Some people I know are opting in for one more year, they are trynna wait out the down turn. That's a tricky one, cos what happens if things start picking up in the meantime. i know it is tough. In the Uk, things are picking up a wee bit. I am lucky to have a job. Three of my friends lost jobs in the last 2 weeks alone.

I feel bad for anyone trying to climb that damn hill to getting a decent job - that's a major reason I start writing these job-related hubs. They are helping some people, so I am grateful to know they make even a little difference, Sa Toya.

Please try not to get too annoyed by the whole job hunting thing. It's a pain, but its a question of numbers. The more you apply for, you increase the chances of hitting the mark. Of course, the positions have to be there in the first place. And finding just what we want is harder now that 2 years ago. Don't give up, and keep trying. I hope you connect with that interviewer and get that job, Sa Toya! Best Wishes to you.

William 7 years ago

hi, i am new to hubness. cool website you have. nice reading here too. keep up d good work, k.

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy William: Thankyou for reading and checking out my hubs. Please visit often. Take care.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

Cheeky, you know what you can almost have a website about jobs and employment, youre an expert my Cheeky girl, and I like it when you say about the humber of applications you should have in search of a job, all points here are good avices, Maita

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Maita: My - I am sure getting visits form you today! My job search hubs are getting some comments! Almost have a website! H'mm, interesting idea there! Well, I am trying to help out any way I can. I hope the points honestly do have some positive effect. That would be great! Yes, the number of applications is important. Thanks for the input as always, Maita. Lots of hugs your way! : )

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Targetting where and what you want will help you stay focussed too. You've made some terrific suggestions!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Beth100: targeting is the right way to help you focus! I am happy to help moi friend! Glad you like the hub! Hope this helps! Cheers!

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ultimatepotential 6 years ago from India

I so agree with you on this Cheeky Girl! It's all about consistency and targets.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello again, ultimatepotential: my, you are sure checking out moi hubs here! Thank you, Sir! Glad you agree! Positivity is catchy! : )

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ultimatepotential 6 years ago from India

My pleasure cheeky girl :-) 3 Cheers to Positivity!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Ultimatepotential, you are very welcome! Nicely said!

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yenajeon 6 years ago from California

This is so fantastic for people searching for a job! It's definitely necessary to accept those rejections, because its bound to happen.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy yenajeon: I am glad this hub is helping so many people. Finding jobs is all about numbers, the more jobs a person applies for, the better the person's chances of success all the time. It's important to stay positive during the job search process. Cheers, yenajeon!

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save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

If you are uncertain about your career goals, it is critical that you spend some time and energy now – before launching your search – on self-introspection and analysis. Knowing what YOU want, what YOU are passionate about, and what YOU bring to the table will provide you with a confidence that simply can’t and won’t be matched by many of your competitors in the job market.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello save my system, thank you for the comments here. I would expect any person applying for a job and the ensuing interview - to have already decided what type of job they want and what career suits them best. That is the theory anyway. Some of the usual rules, however have changed in the last year or two - as many people are being laid off and being made redundant. Some applicants no longer have the luxury of introspection, and will have to make do with whatever jobs they can get. Some of my own friends in Finance and in Property jobs have been laid off. Some of them have to accept work as waiters and cleaners, just to get by.

For others, they will be more lucky. When things get tough, it's usually the friends network and our "connections" that will serve us better getting work, and staying positive is very important, in any job search. It is at times like these when the jobs that were our second or third choices that we might have to fall back on to get employment, until things get better.

The best thing that we can expect is to get the job we truly want. The next best thing is to just get any kind of job, and be thankful, especially in these tough times. Thanks for the stimulating comments. Cheers.

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