Be Positive While Job Searching

February 13, 2024

Finding a new job often takes a long time, even for the most qualified people. Stay positive! The better you manage stress and anxiety as you look for a job, the more successful you will be in the process. There are many things you can do to prevent the stress of your job search from having a negative impact on your life.

Motivate Yourself
Set intermediate goals for your job search, such as submitting five applications. Reward yourself when you reach certain goals. Review your skills often to stay enthusiastic about your own abilities.

Schedule Your Time
You will feel more in control if you schedule your job search activities and make long-range plans. Have a plan for each day of the week and take breaks on weekends.

Improve Yourself
Take classes, work on hobbies, volunteer, or participate in workshops. Improving your skills will help you stay positive about yourself. Volunteering can help you keep your skills active and your mind sharp. It also shows employers that you are self-motivated.

Connect with Others
Keep in touch with your support network of friends and family. Talk about your frustrations. Their support will build your confidence and lessen your fears. If you don't have friends or family to talk with, consider a job counselor or support group.

Eat a Balanced Diet
Make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Eat regular meals and eat foods high in protein and fiber. Avoid junk food, especially if you are feeling stressed.

Exercise Regularly
Exercise is a proven way to relieve stress. It also helps you stay positive. If you can't afford a gym membership, take regular walks, run, or participate in a community sport league.

Sleep Regularly
Sleep seven to eight hours a night to restore your body and mind. It might be tempting to stay up late playing video games or watching TV and then sleep in late. But looking for a job is a 40-hour a week task. Don't waste time sleeping all day when you could be finding your next job.

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
Using drugs or alcohol will only impair your job search and may lead to bigger problems. Your mind needs to be clear so you can organize, concentrate, and make decisions.

Source: Excerpted from Oregon Career Information System, ©2023, University of Oregon, All Rights Reserved.

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