Dear Job, are you out there? Staying Positive on the Job Hunt

One of the major problems that we see many college graduates facing is the sense of loneliness and frustration associated with an extended job search.  In years past, the average job hunt usually took about 100 days.  However, in today’s market, it is possible for even experienced workers to remain unemployed for upwards of 6 to 9 months.  

So, why is it important to stay positive? 

It may not seem like much, but one of the biggest “efficiency-killers”  is job search frustration.  As circumstances seem more and more hopeless, job applicants spend less and less time searching for new opportunities, networking with possible contacts and revising cover letters and resumes.  Here are a few tips for staying positive during that extended job search.

1.  Wake Up Early

Getting up every morning will give you a sense of purpose and responsibility.  It’s probably not necessary to get up at 5 a.m. each day, but try and get up before 9 or 10.  While this will improve your mental stability during the day, it will also keep you prepared for when you do get hired.  

2.  Make A Schedule

Block of time slots throughout the day to complete specific tasks.  Perhaps from 10 to 12 you send out resumes and from 12 to 2 you look for new opportunities on the job boards.  Creating a schedule will allow you to remain focused and prevent the confusion that results from jumping back and forth between monster.com and careerbuilder. 

3.  Take Time Out For Yourself

Whether you exercise, play video games, go shopping or go out to lunch, take periodic breaks throughout the day.  I don’t think there are many things more tedious than the job search and allowing time for yourself can break up the monotony of the day.  While many people may think that taking significant breaks throughout the day will decrease efficiency, I guarantee that the overall process will be twice as efficient and infinitely more enjoyable.  

4.  Strength in Numbers

Find friends or classmates in your area who are also looking for work.  Set up weekly lunches and get out of the house.  This will give you time to talk about contacts, discuss job options or to simply vent frustrations.  More than anything, it gives you something to look forward to each week. 

 

There is no doubt that the job hunt can be emotionally draining.  Using these four tips, you will be able to make the situation much more enjoyable, efficient and hopefully, more successful.

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