How to stay positive when the job hunt seems to be going nowhere
Trying to find a job is a daunting task in itself, but trying to stay sane whilst dealing with rejection whilst filling out multiple job applications is a momentous feat.
We’ve created a guide to help you to maintain a positive mindset whilst you venture on that all important job hunt.
Have a routine
When you don’t have to get up in the morning it’s easy to sleep in, but it’s important that you don’t fall into bad habits. Set your alarm and get up early, eat at the same time each day and keep some structure in your life. You could treat the job hunt like a full-time job, but also make sure that you save some time to exercise, this will lift your spirits whilst getting you out of the house at the same time.
It’s so important to stay organised when you’re looking for a job as you can easily lose track of what jobs you’ve applied for. A simple way to stay on track is to make a spreadsheet of all the jobs that you’ve sent applications to. Make sure that you include the contact details, the job title, salary and the date that you applied for the job so that when you get a call back you won’t be stuck trying to remember what you applied for.
Don’t just sit back and wait for the job interviews to come flooding in, you need to be proactive. If you haven’t heard back after a week of applying for a job, give the company a call and ask if the applications have been looked at. If the company hasn’t started looking through applications yet, your call will show that you’re keen and will hopefully make your name stick in their mind. If they tell you that you haven’t been successful, you can then take the opportunity to ask for some feedback which could help you to nail your next job interview.
Finding the right job takes time as well as patience, so maintaining a positive mindset throughout this process is vital. Take each day as it comes when applying for jobs, it’s inevitable that you’ll feel low at points, but when this happens don’t bring yourself down. When you’re really lacking motivation, you should give yourself a break and focus on something else, so that you feel refreshed when you get back to the job search.