3 Strategies for Staying Positive during Your Job Search

6 03 2012

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There are few things in life that are more challenging than being unemployed when you’d like to be employed. In today’s challenging economic atmosphere, more and more people are finding themselves out of work and feverishly scouring the job market for their next career opportunity. That being said, this means that many people are dealing with long days of unemployment. While having the skills and charisma to land a position is key, there is something very important to be said about job candidates with positive attitudes and self assurance. Try these three strategies for saying positive during your job search.

Keep a Productive Daily Schedule

Maintaining a regular schedule during your unemployment is essential for staying positive and keeping active. It can be easy to fall into an unhealthy schedule when you have fewer responsibilities during the day. Many of us are tempted to sleep until noon and be fairly inactive when we have no specific responsibilities during the day. However, maintaining a relatively normal daily schedule can help you stay on top of your job search and keep a positive attitude. As you’ll hear time and time again, your job during unemployment is finding a new job. It should be approached with the same passion and commitment. Set a schedule: wake up at nine am, take a shower, get dressed, and start looking for jobs. Structure creates balance in life. Don’t let unemployment break that balance.

Set Conceivable Goals

Goal setting is important at any stage in a person’s life. Without solid goals it can be very hard to stay productive and positive. Most all of us are programmed to want to achieve things for ourselves. By setting realistic and achievable goals during your time of unemployment, you can help stay busy and focused while also finding ways to feel positive about your progress. Take your job search seriously every single day and create goals that can help you accomplish things in that search. Monitoring your progress with your goal setting will help build your confidence and keep up your momentum.

Find Something You are Passionate About

Hobbies are an important thing to maintain during any point of our lives. Whether you are working full time, maintaining a part time job, or in search of something new, a hobby is essential for keeping your head on straight and staying level. All too often, people get too caught up in their work lives and forget to find something outside of work that inspires them. Particularly during unemployment, a hobby can be a useful and productive thing. Searching for job opportunities all day everyday can be an especially exhausting experience. Find a hobby during your unemployment that you are passionate and excited about. This can hobby can be an asset during job interviews and will help keep you relaxed during your search.

This is a guest post by Kimberly Wilson. Kimberly is from accredited online colleges, she writes on topics including career, education, student life, college life, home improvement, time management etc.

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6 03 2012
6 03 2012
Harry

You may want to check out http://www.GoalsOnTrack.com, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try.

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