Written By: Chelsea
Whether you’re looking for a new job because you want to find something different, or you’re looking for one due to being laid off, finding a new job can be a hassle. It’s time consuming, stressful, and can be really frustrating if you’ve been looking for a while. But the important thing is that you keep trying and try to stay as positive as possible. So today we’re going to explore some strategies to help you stay positive while you’re on that job hunt.
Limit Your Time
Don’t spend every moment job searching. Set a certain amount of hours aside for that each day or week, and stick to it. Spending hours on something with no immediate return can be very discouraging for anyone. Spend plenty of time doing things you enjoy doing that have nothing to do with work or job searching.
Focus on Things You Can Control
You can’t control how fast your application gets processed, and you can’t control whether or not you get hired. But you can control other parts of your job search. Make sure your resume is not only current, but neat and tidy. Work on your LinkedIn profile. Update your website or portfolio. Don’t just focus on worrying about whether you get the job, make sure all of your ducks are in a row!
Enjoy Some Me-Time
Stress can take its toll on all of us. It can cause us to neglect important aspects of daily life such as self care! If you’re able, schedule some sort of pampering such as a nail appointment, facial, or even get your brows done. If you can’t, get a nice face mask from the grocery store, paint your nails yourself, and just relax with some of your favorite music. This has the added bonus of getting you ready for those interviews you’re going to land soon!
Work on Tasks You’ve Been Neglecting
If you’re looking for a new job and don’t currently have one, use some of that spare time to take care of tasks you’ve neglected. Declutter that messy closet, hang that picture, or do that Pinterest craft that you’ve had the stuff for for the past 6 months. Working on these sorts of tasks can distract you from worry and help clear your mind.
List Your Best Qualities
Sitting down and making a list of the things that make you a great person and employee is not only a mood booster, it’s great for helping you write cover letters or personal statements. Keep this list where you can see it and review it regularly – particularly when you’re feeling down.
Looking for a new job can really take a toll on your mental and emotional health, so it’s important to focus on things that help with positivity! Do you have any particular advice on how to stay positive while looking for a new job? Tell us in the comments!