How to Beat the Job Search Blues

It’s not always easy to find a job. Yes, there are thousands of them out there, but only a small proportion of those will be right for you. As a result, your job search may leave you feeling like you are looking for a little handful of needles in a very large haystack. Whether you are just beginning your career or are looking for the next step up, finding the right opportunity can take time.

It is understandable, therefore, that when conducting your job search your motivation may begin to dwindle. De-motivation can seep in a few days or a few months into your job search, as the trawling through job adverts begins to take its toll. However, if you want to succeed in finding a new job you need to be persistent, keep moving forwards and beat those job search blues.

Keeping a positive attitude will not only help you to stick at hunting down those great opportunities but it will also help you when it comes to actually attending interviews. Your attitude matters to potential employers so it is important to maintain positivity throughout your job search.

Staying positive is often easier said than done, but if your job search is getting you down here are a few things that you can try to pick yourself up:

1. Exercising

We all know it, exercise is good for our minds and our bodies! If you are stressing yourself out when searching for jobs, then exercising will help to relieve some tension and keep you feeling healthy. It is also a natural mood enhancer as it causes your body to release endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body.

If you are spending a lot of time job searching on your laptop or mobile, getting out and about to do some exercise is also a great way to give your eyes and mind a break from your screen.

2. Relaxing

Has anyone ever told you that conducting a job search is a full-time job in itself? It certainly is hard work and time-consuming, so if you are trying to squeeze it in between a current job or busy lifestyle it can have an adverse effect.

As with any job, when you are conducting your job search do ensure that you take regular breaks so that you have time to rejuvenate. If you need to, create yourself a job search schedule and pencil in some breaks where you can relax and recharge. Short breaks make us more productive, so it’s a win-win situation.

3. Volunteering

If you are not currently in employment then volunteering a couple of days a week may be a good option for you while you job search. Volunteering will look good on your CV and will give you something other to do and focus on than your job search. You may develop new skills, or you may just be doing something that you enjoy and that makes you feel good.

Always remember that there is a great job out there that is perfect for you and sometimes it takes time and effort to find it. Maintaining a positive attitude and besting those job search blues will ensure that you do.

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