When you’ve been looking for a job for some time, it is hard not to feel frustrated. From not hearing back from a potential employer to not getting that final offer, feelings of defeat can quickly sink in. But staying positive is crucial to your job search success since enthusiastic applicants often attract the attention of hiring managers. So, the next time you feel a negative attitude settling in, use these suggestions to put you in a better frame of mind and finally land that job you’ve been searching for!
Remind Yourself to be Realistic
It is uncommon to get hired for a job when you’ve just begun your search. That’s why you need to prepare yourself mentally that your job search is probably going to take some time. Of course, you can set some time-oriented goals to keep yourself on track. Creating a realistic job search timeline can improve your mindset.
Focus on What You Can Control
You can’t control if or when an interviewer will call you back, or if networking contacts will provide you with any leads. If you feel yourself worrying about something that is out of your control, do something that you can control, like:
Set Some Reasonable, Concrete Goals
At the start of each week, make a list of specific, manageable goals that you would like to achieve. Perhaps you’d like to write five cover letters that week or attend three (virtual) job fairs. By focusing on small, achievable goals, you will feel more accomplished throughout your job search.
Create a Daily Job Search Routine
If possible, treat your job search like a full-time job. Wake up early, take a lunch break, and end your job search activities before dinner.
Creating a routine and keeping your job search organized will keep you focused and motivated. Setting time parameters allows you to spend time focusing on other aspects of your life. This balance will prevent burnout and improve your overall mindset.
Celebrate Small Victories
It is easy to focus on the negative during a job search, such as the interview you didn’t land or the job you didn’t get. Instead, focus on the smallest wins. Be proud of yourself for getting a phone interview, even if you don’t get asked for an in-person interview. Pat yourself on the back when you make a new LinkedIn connection or someone comments on your blog post. Celebrating the small wins will help you to focus on the positive.
Move on Quickly
Don’t beat yourself up when confronted with rejection. If you apply for a job or interview for a position, it is easy to become fixated on waiting for a reply from the employer. Yes, you should keep track of the jobs to which you apply, and you can contact your recruiter if you do not hear a response right away. However, if you don't receive any response, or if you do not get the job, move on. Cross that job off of your list and focus on the next opportunity.
Remember the Ultimate Goal – Landing the Job.
Finally, keep in mind why you are going through this journey. Hang up a picture of that new car you want to trade your clunker in for once you secure a job. Create a Pinterest board filled with images and words imagining your dream career. Whatever it may be, remember - you will not be unemployed forever. The right career opportunity will come along, and this will all be behind you. We promise!