Michael Carvalho

When you’ve been job searching for some time, it’s hard not to feel frustrated. Every time you don’t hear back from a potential employer or don’t get the job can lead to feelings of sadness and defeat. But being positive is crucial to job search success!

It’s not always easy to do, so here are some tips to help you stay positive while job searching.

How to Stay Positive While Job Searching

Talk It Out Even though it might feel like complaining, sometimes a little venting to someone you trust can make you feel better. If you can, talk with your partner or a friend about what you’re going through.

Or, consider speaking with other job seekers who might reaffirm that what you’re feeling is normal. If you can, reach out to your mentor (or right here in the Jobcase Community, to see if they have any insights or advice that could take your job search in a new direction.

Adjust Your Expectations Remember that a job search is going to take some time. It’s uncommon to get hired for a job when you’ve just started the search. (And if you do get a job offer immediately, make sure that it isn’t a job scam!)

Create a Routine Job searching can feel like a job in and of itself. And while you should treat finding a job like a job, doing it all day every day won’t help you stay positive, particularly if it feels like you’re working every day without seeing results.

Create a routine that works for you and gives you some balance. You might spend your mornings dedicated to your job search, then keep your afternoons free for other activities. That way, you won’t feel like all you’re doing is job hunting.

Set a Plan in Motion It goes without saying that the goal of your job search is to get a job. The thing is, getting hired for a job consists of many smaller tasks, like creating a customized resume and cover letter for every job you apply to, making positive contributions to your network, and researching companies that you might want to work for.

To achieve your ultimate goal of getting hired, break it up into smaller, bite-sized goals. How you organize them is entirely up to you—you might opt for daily, weekly, or monthly goals, or even a combination of all three. Just make sure that your job search goals are actionable, measurable, and achievable in whatever time frame you set.

Acknowledge Your Wins It’s easy to feel negative about your job search, especially when you realize it could take as many as 10 or even 20 applications just to get an interview. To help stay positive while job searching, make time to acknowledge your wins, no matter how small.

Look at your resume or portfolio to remind yourself how far you’ve come over the course of your career. Review your job search plan and take pride in all you’ve accomplished since the last time you reviewed it. Sometimes, having that reminder can make you feel better about yourself and give you a boost of confidence.

Take a Class During your job search downtime, why not break up the monotony by learning something new? Not only can taking a class help you feel like you’re more in control of your job search, but it can also add newfound experience or education to your resume. Not to mention, classes are a great way to meet new people and expand your network. Plus, getting out of the house (and away from your job search for a while) can do wonders for your mindset.

Volunteer Volunteering during your job search can do more than help you stay positive. There is, of course, the positive of lending your support to a cause you believe in. And building some time to volunteer into your routine can also help you beat the feeling that all you’re doing all day is job searching.

Beyond those positives, though, volunteering during your job search is a great way to keep your current skills up to date, gain new skills, and broaden your network. Plus, who knows? You may even decide to switch careers!

Treat Yourself On days when your job search is really getting you down, make yourself a priority. Skip the job search for the day and do something you love instead.

Take a long walk, head to the coffee shop to linger over a tasty drink and an interesting book, go for a long lunch with a friend—whatever it is that isn’t job-search related and lifts your spirits. A simple splurge can reinvigorate you and put a more positive spin on your job search.

Brighter Days Ahead Remember, it’s often a slow and steady race—not a sprint—to connect with a new job. But if you stay the course, remain positive, and devote a little time to your job search every day, you’ll be starting your first day with your new employer in no time.

No matter what kind of job you’re searching for or why you’re looking, Jobcase offers plenty of companies who are ready to hire. It’s up to you to apply. Reach out to people in the Jobcase Community to help you along the way. Don’t forget to share your experience. We in the community would love to hear from you, share your progress right here in the Jobcase Community! #jobsearch #interview #firstjob

9 months ago
Robert Smith

You sound bitter. Well you have a right to be l. But hang in this will all change according to the one who created all things.this is all temporary.

Quenby Wilcox

Sorry, after 15 years of being discriminated and 'Marginalized' by DC labor markets, which Openly discriminate against 'old, white, Ladies' at rates of 85% and promotion of 'couch-casting' cultures by HR depts, I just keep a list of all of my job applications, and companies involved for lawsuits under US federal law, once us Ladies CLEAN-UP the courts, and Drain Congress of its Cacophony.

The rhetoric of HR personnel that job seekers are not 'doing enough' to find the jobs, rather than a Crisis problem within the HR industry is social media, misinformation and propaganda.

Janice ReedCommunity Specialist
Community Specialist

I think talking it out and connecting with other job seekers are very important to stay positive during job search. I have a circle of friends that we used to do job search around the same time. Some have found jobs and some are still looking. But we were able to support each other and send each other new leads. We also helped each other prepare for interviews and any career questions. It's very powerful when you work with a group of peers that you trust. Even sometimes you might be competing for the same job but you only wanted the best for each other.

Thanks for these tips Michael!