Job hunting, by its nature, is a game of chance. Even though finding a dream job boils down to your competencies, experience and any other relevant and influencing factors, it also relies on a bit of luck. For instance, you may use all the resources at your disposal in your job hunt and still find it difficult to land an interview, let alone the actual job. On the other hand, the job hunting task may turn out to be simple, straight forward and to a large degree, effortless; where your resume finds an employer in need of your skills at the right time.
In any situation you find yourself in while seeking employment, it is important to remain positive and optimistic all along. However, this is easier said than done. Cutting an optimistic outlook on your future when employment does not seem to be forthcoming can be a daunting task in itself. Herein, we look at some of the best ways to keep positive, no matter how the job hunting endeavour is treating you.
1. Diversify Your Focus
It is common for the job seeking endeavour to consume the majority of your attention and focus, and rightly so. However, you when it gets to the point where it is more of an obsession rather than determination and focus, you run the risk of burning out. Additionally, you can also end up being emotionally drained.
In this regard, you should consider taking breathers every once in a while. To this end, you should indulge in activities that you like and love. For instance, watch your favourite movie, sitcom or series, indulge in hiking expeditions, catch up with friends, or anything else that will help you take you mind away from job seeking.
Doing helps to dissipate any accrued disappointment, tension or worries, thus giving a clear mind to tackle the job hunting endeavour with renewed energy and purpose.
2. Appreciate What You Have
Getting rejected following job interviews and not being able to land a new job can push anyone to a negative state of mind. With time passing by, this state can be reinforced, especially of the going continues to be hard. However, you can negate this effect/state by taking a concerted effort to appreciate the good things in your life. One way to do this is to list off the blessings that are in your life. The most notable should be your family, a home, health among others. Continue listing everything that you are grateful for having in your life; in the end, you will have a positive outlook on things. This will give you hope, renewed energy and a positive outlook on life, making it easy to overcome things when the going gets hard.
3. Be Active
When not engaging in permanent economic activities, the excess time one has can be a curse of some sort. Since there is little to do, you may end up obsessing on the fact that you do not have a job. This may lead to reinforcing the cycle of depression and worrying.
To avert such scenarios occurring, you should find activities to fill in the extra time you have in hand. To this end, you should set goals to achieve in any given day. For instance, you can have goals of exercising, learning new skills, reading, meditating and obviously, job hunting. Doing this gives you a sense of purpose and achievement on a daily basis, which is good for your morale.
4. Find Alternative Sources Of Income
One of the most crucial elements that make being unemployed depressing is the resulting financial implications that you have to face. To avert a situation of having no money, you should actively seek alternative sources of income. A good place to start is the internet. There are many genuine income generating opportunities on the internet that can come in handy. They include freelance content writing and social media assistants, just to mention a few. You can also consider holding a yard sale to get rid of items you do not use. Having funds to keep you sustained makes the whole process much easier.
5. Understand That You Are Not Alone
Finally, you should understand that you are not alone. Unemployment, unfortunately, is a common phenomenon, and you are hardly the first nor the last person to face it. In this regard, you should seek advice from individuals who have faced unemployment. The advice they offer, especially with regards to how to go about interviews and how to cope with your current situation ca be very helpful.