Staying Positive in the Face of Setbacks
A job search always promises to be challenging. Being qualified for a position and finding an opening, circulating resumes, utilizing contacts, interviewing – all of these steps are demanding. There are other challenges that job seekers face that often go unnoticed. Keeping up daily job search habits, maintaining your self-esteem in the face of rejection, and networking with people who can connect you to opportunities are other aspects that make up the process. Keeping a positive spin on things is one of the best ways to eventually achieve success. When you talk to potential employers, your state of mind will show through. Here are proactive strategies you can take to keep your job search from taking a turn for the worse:
- Keep Busy – Tackle Household Chores, Exercise More
- Maintain Friendships and Interact with Positive People
- Take a Break from Your Job Search to Recharge
- Join a Job Support Group
- Use Your Past Experiences as Learning Opportunities
- Learn a New Skill
Line Up Your Allies
It’s easy to think it’s you against the world during a job search, but this is not a healthy way to look at things. Enlist friends to help you by proofing your cover letters and resumes and count on them for feedback on your approach. When you apply as an associate at AppleOne, you can be assured that your Account Executive will be looking out for your best career interests and will be a valuable ally for advice and action.
Stay on Schedule
Make an appointment with yourself every day and keep it. Stay on top of daily tasks like searching the Internet, e-mailing resumes, and contacting three people in your network. Establish a schedule that is realistic, but also stretches you to get the most out of your days. Structure your days so that you prioritize activities according to your energy level. For instance, if you’re a morning person, make phone calls to contacts and respond to job ads when you are at the height of your powers.
List Your Strong Points
It’s easy to feel like you are unqualified for positions or lack the necessary skills when employers are passing you by. Take time out to list your specific accomplishments in past positions, then list areas you feel you are strengths. Consider what you can contribute to potential employers that is unique and worthwhile. This will keep you aware of your talents so you can make others aware of them, too.
It’s important to use your free time constructively during a job search. One of the best ways to do this is to learn a new skill or technology. Are there software programs you could be more proficient in? A group that would connect you to something bigger and possibly lead to career contacts? A special project around the house that you never seemed to have time for? Maintaining a sense of achievement is vital to staying positive during a job search.