Are the countless hours of searching, fruitless interviews, and troubling news about the stiff job market have been dragging you down? Don’t let these discourage you! Check out these tips to stay positive while job hunting.

1. Create a daily job-hunting routine.

Treat your job search like a 9-5 job: wake up early, take a lunch break, and end your job hunt before dinner. Creating a routine will keep you motivated and focused. Likewise, setting a start and end time to your job search forces you to stop thinking about it and focus on the other aspects of your life.

2. Focus on things you can control in job hunting.

You can’t influence how many qualified candidates apply for a job or make a recruiter call you back at the exact moment you want to hear from him or her. Likewise, you can’t will your resume to pass through a potential employer’s resume scanning software. So, stop wasting your time on them. Instead, focus your energy on what you can. Perhaps you take an online Excel course to shore up a required skill or you discover how to use LinkedIn to your advantage.

3. Stay positive, relax, and unwind.

Besides increasing your stress, excessive worry about your job quest keeps you from enjoying other facets of life. Set aside time each day to forget about your job search and do something you enjoy, like watching a movie or going for a walk.

4. Celebrate your little victories.

Ignore the negatives during your job hunt, such as the job you didn’t get or the interview you didn’t land. Instead, focus on your small wins! Even if a hiring manager didn’t ask you for an in-person meeting, pat yourself on the back for getting a phone interview. Likewise, be proud of yourself when you make a new LinkedIn profile or when someone comments on your blog post. Celebrating little victories will help you focus on the positive.

5. Practice volunteering.

Helping others is a good way to help you feel more purpose-driven. So, it helps to join a volunteer group related to your personal interests or career.

6. Treat everything as an opportunity.

Are you tired of going to interviews, writing cover letters, and networking? Don’t be! Think of them as a chance to improve yourself as a candidate. If you’ll be interviewed for a job you assume you will not get, treat it as an opportunity to work on your interview skills and network. Likewise, think of each cover letter you create as the chance to hone your writing and editing abilities. Seeing these tasks as opportunities instead of chores will put you in a positive outlook.

7. Remember: you are not alone.

While you don’t want to burden your family and friends with your troubles, remember that you can count on them anytime. A brief phone call from someone you love and trust can work wonders to your wilting confidence.

It’s easy to become disheartened during a job search, especially if you’ve been hunting for a job for quite some time. Yet, don’t lose hope and be positive! Your optimism will reflect during your interviews and networking opportunities, increasing your chances of making a strong first impression.

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