How to stay positive during your Job SearchFriday, July 27, 2012
Its easy to get depressed while looking for work. The one thing you CAN control is your outlook and attitude.
Plan your ‘work’ day
Finding a job is HARD Work!
You need to structure your day. Exercise, shower and be at your job search desk by 9am, every morning, five days a week. Set yourself a schedule for your job search and STICK TO IT! Finding a job is your ‘job’ right now. So get to work! Watching TV, surfing the net and sleeping in will not find you a job.
Surround yourself with positive people
It’s important to hang out with people who are positive and make you feel good. “You cannot control what thoughts go in to your mind, but you can control how long they stay there and what you do with them.”
Employers want people who believe in themselves
Potential employers can sense when you are depressed, overeager or frantic and will pick up on your energy.The more negative you are about your own abilities, your job prospects, the businesses you apply with, and life in general, the less likely you are to land a job. Employers want people who believe in their skills, who want to work, and generally have a positive attitude.
Take stock of your talents
When you are feeling unhappy and need a job search ‘pick me up’, stop and identify your talents and honour YOU!Grab a piece of paper and write down what you are good at, professionally and socially. Take a moment to celebrate YOU! Celebrate your talents! This is the key to a positive attitude.
Learn from the pastWhat could I have done better in my interview?Can I see myself in a better job?
Don’t blame yourself and rehash past mistakes, learn from the past. Build on the experience to improve yourself and your abilities in interviews.
Try answering these questions
Do something that motivates you. For example, getting fit, a building project, learning a new skill or finishing some pursuit, achievement is revitalising. Perhaps even do some volunteer work.
Watch your self-talk
We speak about 50 000 words silently to ourselves every day. Listen carefully to your self talk. Make sure you are speaking positive to yourself. A positive attitude comes from within.
Do not take negative responses, no responses or rejection
If you find that employers are not responding positively to you, you cannot control them, but you can control whether or not you treat them properly. Its all about managing your emotions, not their lack of response.Give them a ring and ask if you got an interview or the job if you need closure.
Until next time,
Enjoy the journey!