There are a variety of aspects of the job search a job seeker just doesn’t have any control over. Even with the great amount of effort you put forth, there’s no guarantee your experience level will impress your potential employer or you’ll make it past a phone interview.
But there is one part of the job search you do have complete control over — your attitude — and it’s arguably the most important piece of your job search.
The job search can do a significant amount of wear and tear to your mental outlook. The mixed range of emotions that job seekers experience on a daily basis can sometimes stretch from frustration to an overall lack of lack of confidence — neither of which lend themselves to any sense of positivity.
While it’s no simple feat to overcome the negativity you’re faced with, there are many reasons why upholding a positive attitude allows you to remain powerful and resilient in the face of common struggles during your job search.
Aside from simply pushing you forward when you’re feeling worn down, your positive attitude can be used as leverage to help you stand out from the competition–you’ll be able to accept criticism and handle rejection better, and it will even help you search harder and potentially help you secure a job faster.
Here’s a quick guide to ensuring that your attitude remains positive throughout your search:
1. Be Kind To Yourself
The job search can turn you into your own worst enemy. Treat yourself with positivity and respect by focusing on your accomplishments and remaining proud of yourself.
2. Take Charge
Be accountable for your own actions by taking responsibility for everything you do. Don’t let a bad day send your search in the wrong direction.
3. Don’t Take Things Personally
It’s all too easy to take your struggles within the job search a little too personally. While it’s important to learn from your experiences, consider them as constructive criticism and grow accordingly.
4. Get Out
Don’t let your job search turn you into a hermit. Continue your daily lifestyle of seeing your friends and family, as well as exercising regularly. All of these aspects will work to maintain a level attitude.
5. Maintain A Schedule
Creating a schedule that you stick to can often send your job search in a new direction. Focus your attention on your daily tasks to prevent yourself from feeling bored or frustrated.
6. Continue Growing
A poor attitude might result from boredom and feeling useless. Work to ensure that your skills aren’t going stagnant during your search, take a class, attend conferences and webinars, or even volunteer.
7. Let It Out
A great way to maintain a positive mental outlook is by talking about what you’re experiencing. There are a number of people you can speak to about what you’re feeling, but blogging might also be an outlet that could potentially benefit your attitude and your job search.
8. Take It Day By Day
Your attitude may suffer when you are continually spending your time worrying about the future. Take your job search one day at a time and understand that small steps get the job done just as well as larger ones.
9. Reward Yourself
Make time in your job search for rewards. Even the smallest feat is something worth patting yourself on the back for.
The job search can certainly demolish your attitude, but it’s up to your whether you let that happen. Utilize these tips to stay positive throughout your search.
What other tips would you add to this list?
Afifa Siddiqui is the COO and Co-founder ofCareerleaf, an all-in-one job search platform that cuts the time to apply in half. Connect with Afifa and Careerleaf onFacebook,Twitter andLinkedIn.