How to Stay Positive During a Job Search

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5 Tips for Mental Health and the Job Search

It’s easy to become disheartened during a job search, especially if you’ve been job hunting for an extended period. But you don’t want to fall into the trap of a self-fulfilling prophecy by being negative about your chances. Feeling positive can help motivate your search and that attitude shows during interviews and networking opportunities. No one wants to hire a “negative Nancy.”

So just how can you stay positive during your job search if it’s been a particularly hard one? 

Here are our top tips for good mental health and the job search: 

1 | Smooth Operator

Take time to get organized. Having everything you need for your job search in front of you can make the process go much smoother. Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile is updated, gather some new references and even select your interview outfit (or outfits–we don’t judge) ahead of time. When everything is ready to go, you’ll feel super motivated to start searching and researching. 

2 | Finding a Job is a Job!

Searching for your next job can be a full time job in and of itself. If possible, treat your job search like a 9 to 5 job. Even take a lunch break and end your job search activities before dinner. This will allow you to create a routine and give you time to focus on other things that are important in your life, like friends and family. So whether you do searching in the morning and applying in the afternoon or a full day of networking, get into a routine habit and make sure that you are using your time wisely. 

3 | Don’t Take it Personally

It can be hard facing rejection, especially if you were really excited about a particular job prospect. However, take comfort in knowing that we’ve all been rejected or passed over for a promotion. Take these hurdles in stride. Bouncing back and moving on quickly can help you refocus your search. Remember that you are remarkable and take this opportunity to hone in on your strengths. You are an individual and that means you have something to offer companies that no one else can. So instead of mulling over a defeat, list out your top skills and traits that make you exceptional. 

4 | Volunteer for the Win

Take some time to volunteer for a worthy cause. Not only does it look great on a resume, but it also presents an opportunity to network, something that never hurts when you are searching for that new job. Volunteer work shows that you are willing to find a productive use for time outside of the office and that you want to make a positive impact on your community. We all know that many companies aren’t just searching for warm bodies to do grunt work–they want people who value their community and want to contribute to something bigger than themselves. So donate a few evenings or weekends and you might be surprised at the results. 

5 | Personality Perks

We mentioned values that companies look for in job candidates. Organizations want someone that fits in with their office culture, or values and personality. Finding the right fit isn’t just great for the company, but for you as well! When we love our job and our co-workers, it increases job satisfaction. It makes us excited to come in each day and do our best work. 

But what is the best job site to help you find a personality match? Is there a Tinder for the job search world? Yes! Workzinga’s personality test combines soft skills and personality insights, comparing them against company personality profiles and jobs. This helps you narrow down your search. So stop wasting your time on applying for jobs that just won’t work out in the end. Not only will you find out more about a potential employer, but you might also learn something about yourself in the process!