How to Stay Positive During Your Job Search

By Morgan LeGrand -

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. – Dalai Lama XIV

In any normal year, job hunting can be extremely challenging and competitive. The events from 2020 have had a huge impact on the job market and work force. For the foreseeable future, college graduates, recently unemployed job seekers, and employed job seekers looking for a new job opportunity may find it more difficult than usual to receive a job offer. Job listings may receive hundreds to thousands of applicants so many job seekers may feel defeated and anxious during this process. Don't let your job search get you down. Here are some ways to stay positive while enduring a long job search.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

If you aren't having much luck getting interviews or landing a job after an interview, Skilled can help. We offer mock interviews with industry experts who act as mentors, so you get real interview experience and something most job seekers don't get after an interview: feedback.  After a mock interview, every job seeker receives a Skilled Certified report card with comprehensive feedback detailing strengths and any areas of improvement. This feedback will let the job seeker know if they are ready to search for job opportunities through Skilled's Referrals page, or if more assistance is needed. Job seekers can also schedule time to meet with the mentor that interviewed them and discuss any feedback and resume or career advice. Feel like you need a more hands-on approach?  Skilled also offers a monthly mentorship subscription program with unique and personalized services to help job seekers accomplish their career goals. Learn more about Skilled's Monthly Mentorship Subscription here.

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Keep a Routine

If you are currently out of work and looking for a job, make sure you establish a routine to help alleviate any stress or restlessness that can be associated with searching for a new job. Select a specific time each day to work on your resume, apply for jobs, write cover letters, build networking relationships, and research your industry. Creating a routine with a designated time to achieve your goals will allow you to set yourself up for success. Since you are prioritizing your job search for a set amount of time, you won't neglect your other responsibilities to yourself like getting the proper amount of sleep per night and engaging in healthy eating and exercise habits.

Learn and Grow

Take this time to improve any skills or learn new ones! There are many ways to expand your skill set and gain new certifications to freshen up your resume! You can browse different categories on Udemy to find courses on everything from business, IT, computer science, photography, marketing, and more! Looking to enhance your skills and knowledge of Facebook and Facebook Ads? Facebook offers free tutorials through Facebook Blueprint on everything from managing Facebook and Instagram ads to building a community online. Google is another company that offers free courses on Google Analytics and Google Ads through Google Skillshop. Take advantage of your free time by developing new skills that promote your personal and professional growth. 

Try Freelancing

While you may have dedicated a few hours of your day to your jobs search, there are also plenty of other ways to stay busy and positive throughout this process. If you're currently out of work, you may be feeling uneasy and unsettled with a lot of extra time on your hands. If you feel restless or the need to feel a sense of accomplishment, freelancing can be a great option. Any freelance or contract work can help you sharpen your skills while adding valuable work experience to your resume. You'll gain a sense of accomplishment and you'll receive income. You can find freelance opportunities by listing your services on websites like Fiverr or you can create proposals for projects on websites like Upwork.

Be Kind

Although it may be difficult, try to stay positive and optimistic during this time. Don't be hard on yourself! This job search is your own unique experience, and you can choose to optimize this time as an opportunity for growth and improvement. Make sure you incorporate things throughout your job search process that make you happy and give you a reprieve from stress and self-doubt. Taking your dog on a walk, grabbing your favorite drink from a local coffee shop, or cooking your favorite meal from scratch can make all the difference in enhancing your attitude and feelings about your job search.