It’s hard to stay motivated and positive when nothing seems to work out right. You feel that all day, every day. Dozens of resumes are emailed in response to job postings. Hours are spent completing annoying, never-ending job applications. You keep calling friends, former co-workers and others in your network, in the hopes of obtaining a solid job lead. To make matters worse, no response received for job applications. Here’s what you need to do for staying motivated and upbeat to avoid going into a bad mental and emotional state.

Don’t take it Personally

Please don’t feel that it’s just you. Please know that everyone else is going through similar feelings of fear, stress and bouts of depression. Everyone at one point gets rejected for a role, loses out to a team member for a promotion. Work on becoming mentally tough. Then, the obstacles, setbacks and hurdles will be tackled in stride and not taken personally. 

Keep Yourself Busy

In addition to your job search efforts, remember to take care of yourself. Maintain a daily routine to stay focused. Find hobbies and activities that allow you to decompress and get your mind off of the job search. You can read, do a little yoga, some push-ups, sit-ups, jogging in place, walk around the block or any other activities that you like. Try practicing a little meditation and deep breathing exercises.

Focus on Your Positives

When job searching, it is useful to make a list of your best qualities, skills, and accomplishments. This list will help you when crafting your cover letters and when practicing for an interview. Keep this list where you can see it, and review it regularly. Remembering what makes you a successful job candidate and a talented, unique person will help boost your confidence during the job search process.

Move On

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 the employer if you do not hear a response in a week or two. However, if you don’t receive any response, or if you do not get the job, move on. Simply cross that job off of your list and focus on the next opportunity.

Ask for Help

Job search almost always requires stamina. When things don’t go as planned, we sometimes begin feeling very sad, mad, or hopeless. Raise your hand and let the closest and most supportive people around you know you need help. Tell those you trust of your struggles, and if you know how they can help, be specific so they lighten your load in a way that will be meaningful. Every one of us needs more than just a pep talk from time to time, and there’s absolutely no shame in that.

Since social media dominates our culture, we mistakenly believe that everyone else is enjoying a good life, while you’re the only one struggling. Ignore the Instagram facade of others; otherwise, you’re comparing yourself to something that is manufactured and not real.

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