How to stay confident and positive during a job search
It is easy to become frustrated or disappointed during a job search. If you have been unemployed or job hunting for an extended period of time, searching for a new job might become very stressful.
As hard as it may be, you should do your best to remain calm and positive throughout the job search process. A positive mindset will motivate you to continue searching for the right job and your attitude will be visible during interviews and networking events, boosting your chances of making a solid first impression.
Here are 7 tips to help you stay confident and positive during a job search.
1. Don’t think about it 24/7
It’s easy to fall into a mindset where your job search is the number one concern on your mind. But being worried about it will only increase your stress level and keep you from enjoying other parts of your life. That’s why you should set aside some time each day to simply forget about the job search and do something you truly enjoy or dedicate time to your hobbies. That’s how you build a healthier mindset to go out there and show yourself as a professional.
2. Spend time with positive people
Avoid the company of people who don’t have a positive view of themselves. Spending time with people who are frustrated or complain about their lives all the time will only make you more stressed. Instead, spend time with those who are confident, observe their behavior and see how they are able to tap into their self-confidence. You will learn from them and model your mindset after theirs.
3. Set achievable goals
It’s important to create a schedule at the beginning of every week to make sure that you’re making the most of your time. Create a list of goals you would like to achieve during that week. It can be writing four cover letters or going to two job fairs. If you set your expectations too high you will fall short and feel worse about yourself. Focus on small and achievable goals. That’s the secret of feeling positive and accomplished during your job search.
4. Don’t forget to exercise
You need physical exercise to give you an instant shot of endorphins and keep you in good shape. Sports are also relaxing and will help you keep a positive attitude toward your job search. You can take as short brisk walk or attend a yoga class. Be sure to exercise on a regular basis, only then sports will bring you health benefits.
5. Get feedback
Even if it doesn’t turn out to be all positive, the feedback you can get from other people will be a confidence boost. That type of information will help you to get a better picture of how you are perceived by others. Ask your teachers, managers, friends, family to tell you how they view you. You can even arrange a mock interview with a career counselor to make sure that you’re presenting yourself in the best light. That’s how you will understand how to tailor your career story to be more effective in your job search.
6. Learn new skills and research
Expanding your knowledge and learning new skills is a serious confidence boost that will help you when you feel low in self-confidence. Knowledge is a powerful tool in a job search. Spend time researching companies and industries that you’re interested in. Get to know the key players to be able to hold a meaningful conversation with people who belong to that sector.
If you’re interested in a particular career path, look at job boards to learn what the common characteristics required of candidates in the field are. Your next step is to properly research the company before setting off to a job interview. What are the company’s values, mission statement, goals, history or customers? Have a look at their social media profiles to learn more about its employees and company culture.
7. Don’t target as many companies as you can
It pays to focus on quality rather than quantity when it comes to searching for a job. Instead of applying to as many organizations as possible in your sector, be selective. Pick those with missions and cultures that resonate most with you. This way, your job search will be more motivating.
Be focused in looking for a job and avoid casting a wide net. Every job application you send should be customized to the organization and respond to the critical question every recruiter asks. “Why should I hire you?”. By tailoring your resume and cover letter to the job offer and company, you will be able to demonstrate a solid match between your skill set and the organization’s needs.
Searching for a job can be a frustrating process but it’s not a good idea to focus on things that are out of your control. Instead, use these 7 tips to take advantage of aspects you can control and focus on what you can do right now to boost your job search and land the job of your dreams!
Confident Life Contributor
Ruthie is a contributing writer, always willing to share her knowledge and experiences. She loves to write articles that make lives of other mothers and entrepreneurs easier. Working as a recruiting manager for ABN Lookup, she’s interested in health, well-being and self-improvement.