It’s time to embark on the journey of searching for a new job. Are you filled with positive or negative thoughts at the prospect of this? Are you the type of jobseeker who thinks “Fab, I’m the best person for the job, they’d be mad not to hire me.” Or are you a negative nelly who is filled with doom and gloom thinking “I can’t do this. It’s too overwhelming. Nobody is going to hire me.” If you’re in the second camp you’re not alone. Many people struggle with self-doubt when it comes to the job search. It can come at a time when you’re feeling low and depressed because you’ve been fired or simply because you’re sick to death of your old job. Staying positive as you search for a new job can be challenging as you deal with rejection and the end of the road is not clear. To keep your spirits high, here’s how stay motivated throughout a job search?
1. Keep your eye on the prize.
In your darkest job search moments, remind yourself that you’re doing it for a reason. You’re looking for a better pay, more benefits, career progression or peace of mind. Whatever the reason, keep your eye on the prize and remind yourself that the juice is worth the squeeze.
2. Set achievable goals.
The end goal of getting hired for a new job can sometimes feel overwhelming and unachievable. Remember that the job search process is paved with steps that you can pride yourself for accomplishing. Make lists of goals such as update your resume, attend networking events, do critical company research to make the whole journal more manageable and pleasurable.
It might sound idiotic to think optimistic thoughts in order to feel positive, but trust us, it is very effective. Staying upbeat in the face of rejection and uncertainty is a challenge for anyone. Optimism is a conscious decision that can fed off negative thoughts. Prospective employers can sense your attitude so if you ooze confidence and positivity (even if you don’t feel it). Fake it until you make it.
4. Choose cheerleaders.
Surround yourself with people who will keep your spirits lifted, remind you of your strengths and why you’re climbing this mountain. Everybody needs someone in their corner to commiserate when you are rejected and remind you that hunting down that dream job is absolutely worth it.
5. Treat yourself.
Job hunting is a full time job in itself. It needs dedication and concentration. But do not forget to treat yourself. Schedule time to go to the gym, have coffee with friends and go away for the weekend. It is important to keep your spirits up during this process.