3 Reasons to Stay Optimistic about your Job Search
Applying for jobs is hard work. Sometimes it even feels like the process is a job. From creating the resume to rewriting cover letter after cover letter, you exert so much work and it is frustrating to feel like someone might not even come across it. Most of the job applications these days are online and you may feel like the application is going into a black hole. While the job hunt can be a long and sometimes tedious process, rest assured that you don't need to feel defeated. Here are three reasons how and why you can stay optimistic during the job search.
1.Your energy matters. Even if you're in your tenth interview, you want to stay in good spirits and high energy. If you get a call from the hiring manager, you don't want them to sense that you're exhausted from the job search. You want them to see that you're excited, energized, and ready to work. The days that are most discouraging can be the hardest, but the attitude change can make ALL the difference when it comes to getting a call to come into an in person interview.
2. The job should benefit you and the employer. If you were super excited about a job and didn't get offered the position, it can feel really discouraging. You might even be thinking to yourself, "I'm not going to find something else like that." The truth is that you want to work somewhere where they want you to be there as well. So no matter how much YOU want to be there, it's simply not a right fit and that is ok! The people you work with are the people who you will end up spending the majority of your day with so it's important that both parties are equally excited about you coming on board.
3. The right job is out there for you. The beginning of your career is a lot about learning. Even if you accept a position that doesn't seem like it's your dream job, remember that it is a stepping-stone there. In your first job out of college, you'll learn about what type of work environment you thrive in. You'll learn about the type of people you work best with. You'll even learn about jobs that you didn't even know existed while you were in college that could be perfect for you. All of these things will help you when it comes to applying for your next job and they will get you closer to the dream job, I promise.
It’s important to stay motivated and energized throughout the job process. Stay optimistic and remind yourself that the right fit is there. If you don’t have time to wait for a job that’s the right fit that’s ok. Accept a position at a job where you know that you will learn the skills you need for those jobs that you’re really interested. Make sure that during this sensitive time you are surrounding yourself by supportive and positive people. If you feel like you get overwhelmed when people ask you how the job search is going. Simply say that you’re handling it well and change the subject. If you know the person wont be able to respond in a supportive manner, avoid the conversation and talk about something else.