Are you currently looking for a job? Do you want to switch fields and look elsewhere? This is for you, well, and for any of those who want to be prepared for the job hunting hunger games. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs on our previous job search so we’ve come up with 5 ways to stay positive while looking for a job that worked for us.
Looking for a job can be one of two things; exciting or discouraging. It’s important to keep a positive mindset and try not to let the whole process get you down or lead you to be overwhelmed. If you can keep yourself level-headed and mentally strong, then you’re one step ahead of the game. From two millennials to another, here are some real-life experience tips that are sure to make a difference to your mindset.
#1 Shift Your Mindset – Be Positive
Your mind is powerful. You can tell your mind how to think or how to perceive situations. You have the power to tell your mind to stay positive and that is exactly what you need to do.
You’ll need to be resilient and persistent throughout the job hunting process, but it’s crucial to find a balance and not obsess over it. This is one of the best ways to stay positive while looking for a job. If you obsess, you risk burning yourself out and getting your mind stuck in a negative head-space. Allow yourself time to bask in your surroundings (i.e. outside, with friends, etc) to de-stress.
As cliche as this sounds, things DO happen for a reason. You didn’t that job you really wanted FOR A REASON! It’s hard to come to terms with that at the time of rejection, especially if it’s a job you really wanted it. Trust us, we’ve both been there.
But later down the track, you’ll realize exactly why you didn’t end up getting it. And it will all suddenly make sense.
#2 Stay Busy
It’s important to keep yourself busy, maybe even pick-up a new hobby. If you find yourself sitting around on the lounge all day flipping through the TV channels endlessly waiting for that a callback from that job you applied for, you bare the risk of frustration, anxiety, disappointment, and overthinking.
This is not a position you want to find yourself in. Provide yourself with plenty to do aside from job hunting. Grab your diary, make daily goals, and schedule in a certain time period just for job hunting.
When you’re looking for a new job, you can kinda feel like you’re in this limbo phase. You might find it difficult to set goals, to plan ahead financially etc. You need to feel like you are still moving forward, so make sure to stay busy in order to stay positive while looking for a job.
Again, pick-up a hobby or volunteer somewhere to keep your self-worth high, and that feeling of purpose to help you stay positive in the search. Having a high sense of self-worth is so crucial in this process. Why? Because you know what kind of job, culture, future prospects you deserve, and you won’t settle for anything less.
#3 It’s Great to be Grateful
This goes hand-in-hand with shifting your mindset. It’s easy to stoop into negative thinking when you aren’t getting the call-backs or second interviews you yearn for. Fight this urge to self-loathe, and remind yourself of everything you have and are grateful for. When you wake-up in the morning, find the positives and tell yourself three things you’re grateful for… do the same when you go to bed.
If you’re struggling to even find what you’re grateful for, think about your friends, family, the roof over your head, food on your plate etc. There is so much to be thankful for in this world and sometimes we forget to look at the most obvious and simplest thing in our lives. Not only will this practice boost your appreciation for life, but it will keep you constantly motivated to seek out a job that is right for you.
If you’re still struggling especially with the lack of income… check out this article to stress less here.
#4 You’re Not Alone
You look around and everyone in your circle has a job… it’s easy to start to feel like you’re alone. However, it’s important to remember you aren’t alone.
If you can, reach out to anyone you may know who has been in a similar situation. Or find someone who has a lot of job rejection experience, or unemployment, or read blogs such as this one ;). Just know, there are a lot of people out there that have been through similar experiences and have come out stronger and more resilient than before. Hey, we’ve been there and we’re always happy to just have a chat!
#5 Don’t Give Up
It’s that simple. Do not give up. The second you give up you admit defeat.
Do not let this happen to you, you are strong, resilient, capable and determined.
Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge to remind yourself that you are capable. It will be hard. No one said it would be easy, but you will grow as an individual on a personal level from the experiences.
Take this opportunity to reflect on your life, what you want out of life, what you’re grateful for, and most importantly what makes you happy.
Go kick some butt. The world is waiting for you, and remember…you CAN stay positive while looking for a job.
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Have you ever felt like this when searching for a job? How have you stayed positive? Share with us in the comments below!
Amanda & Julia xx