How To Stay Positive While Job Hunting

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Job hunting is a tough process. You spend hours researching roles, send out tons of resumes and applications, and leave interviews feeling confident, only to find that the company has moved forward with another candidate. It can be daunting, stressful, and exhausting. At the end of the day, we are only human, and it is difficult to repeatedly hear “no.” While it can be easy to get caught up in the process and fall into a funk, here are our tips for staying positive throughout your job hunt.

Ask for feedback.

Follow up with your recruiter or interviewer and ask if they can provide feedback as to why you were not the right fit for the role. This will help you understand how to better prepare for the future – and how to set yourself up for success in your next interview.

Take a class.

That feedback you just received? Put it to good use. Sharpen your existing skills, or take a class for a passion project. Maybe that looks like enrolling in an Excel or Photoshop course, taking lessons in a new language, or joining a creative writing class. Check out the boards at your local community center or college, browse online classes {some of our favorites are here}, or look up free YouTube tutorials. By adding to your skill set, you will create marketable value that will set you apart from your competition.

Treat yourself.

So you weren’t the right fit for a role. You may not see this now, but it is their loss. In the meantime, find a way to cheer yourself up. Whether that looks like pretty flowers, an exercise class, or a long bubble bath, do something for yourself that makes you happy.

 

Navigating the job market can be a lengthy process. It takes time and thick skin, but it is nothing that you cannot handle. Find key takeaways to learn something from every application or interview, and in time the right role will come along. Remember your worth throughout the process – you are defined by so much more than your career, and that in itself should bring a smile to your face.

Thanks so much for reading!

 

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