While it’s only natural to feel frustrated during a job hunt, there are a few steps you can implement to help look at the situation in a more positive light.
Sometimes we let elements that we can’t control get the best of us, but this isn’t going to do you any favours when job hunting and will only restrict your application process.
So take control of the aspects you can manage and incorporate steps that are going to help you stay positive during the job hunt.
This is how we suggest you approach your job search:
Take a step back
Obsessing over every little detail won’t do anyone any good.
This feeling of being consumed doesn’t allow us the space to grow and will ultimately lead to burnout.
If you’ve been trying to find a new job for some time then a break may do you the world of good and allow you to stay positive during the job hunt.
Depending on your situation and how long you can step back from job hunting, taking a few days/weeks away from job boards will allow you the time to rest, recoup and help you come back to the job search with a fresh outlook.
Who knows… this time away may spark some new ideas on how to approach applications and allow you to come back feeling positive, motivated and ready to secure that next role.
Create a schedule
Similarly, don’t spend all day looking and applying for new roles.
Whilst this may feel like the right method, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily productive.
By the end of a long day of creating job applications, you will be feeling tired and drained, meaning the applications made later on in the day won’t be up to your usual standard.
Instead, create a schedule that takes into account your productivity levels.
If you work best in the morning, dedicate this time to the steps of the process that require the most effort; such as cover letters and in-depth pre-interview questions.
Be realistic with your approach; Make short, medium and long term goals and use them to help stay positive during the job hunt.
Alter your perspective
We know it’s easier said than done, but maintaining a positive outlook during your job hunt will only help keep you sane in the long run – not to mention help you become a more resilient individual.
See each application as practice for the next.
Whilst it can be tedious tailoring each application to a new role, you will begin to learn what organisations are looking for and your application will only get stronger.
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Ask for feedback from each employer and use it as constructive criticism. Reflect on any questions you were asked, both throughout the application and during any interviews and draft up a powerful response in case you are asked the same again.
Focus on what you can control
Too much of our time is spent worrying about the things we have no control over.
It will do you no good overthinking an application you’ve already sent off, worrying about the current job market, or comparing yourself to your connections on LinkedIn who seem to be strolling into a new job (𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘰 !)
Instead, to help you stay positive during the job hunt, focus on elements that you have control over that will improve your situation… Such as networking and strengthening your online presence, writing a list of your best qualities or practising potential interview questions.
Something that we all need to integrate more of in our daily routine; Mindfulness.
“𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦’𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘴”.
Applying mindfulness to your job search can provide you with the practical tools to stay optimistic and focused when finding a job, and can even attract new opportunities to you.
Remember the phrase “𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦, 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦” and if you didn’t receive an offer you originally wanted, accept that it wasn’t for you and your ideal role is out there waiting.
Keep yourself busy
And finally… keep as busy as you can!
Keep your mind active with other (positive!) things so that you aren’t consuming yourself with the stresses of job hunting.
Remind yourself that this situation is temporary and especially if you’re in-between jobs, enjoy the quieter routine whilst you can and do the activities that you enjoy!
We know it’s easier said than done but doing what you can to stay positive during the job hunt will only benefit you in the long-run and if anything… it will help you secure your dream role.
Keeping a clear frame of mind will allow you to put your focus into creating strong applications and whilst this time period may feel uncertain, it’s an opportunity for a fresh start and to take control of what you want your next chapter to look like.
And anyway, you don’t have to do go through this process on your own!
A great recruitment agency ,**cough cough such as ourselves**, can guide you along every step of the way and make your job search a whole lot easier.
The benefits of looking for a job through a recruitment agency are endless and successful recruitment consultants will know exactly what to do to help you stay positive during the job hunt.
So let us do what we do best and help you find your next sales superstar role!