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How to Stay Positive When Job Searching

It can be easy to feel defeated while job searching, and it often involves numerous levels of rejection. Reading endless lists of job qualifications to find that there is one certification or level of training that makes you ineligible for a potential job can feel crushing. So can copious amounts of rejection emails or lack of any response at all.

 

Knowing that it happens to others can help soften the blow. There are lessons to be learned from each resume submission and ways to keep your head on straight while finding the right job to fit your lifestyle and qualifications.

 

Take Away the Positive

 

If you have received a personal denial email back from the hiring director that isn’t simply copied and pasted, take the opportunity to write back and learn more on why you did not get the position. Ask them if there were any further qualifications that would have made you a more eligible candidate or if there was any input they might have on how to improve your resume.

 

Oftentimes, hiring managers will return your email with a compliment sandwich and will highlight what you did well on either side of some constructive criticism. Insight from hiring managers is some of the best critique available, if you can get them to respond to your emails.

 

Celebrate the small victories. If you get feedback that your LinkedIn profile is really dialed-in, then move onto another task that can help you be self-promotional. Consider doing some networking or using your LinkedIn profile to find other possible job openings within the platform.

 

Stay Creative

 

Recruiters and hiring managers sees hundreds of resumes a day. Making your resume stand out as it flies through the hands of someone that has never seen or met you can give you a higher chance of getting an interview. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create a visually stunning product. There are a number of templates online to choose from — both available for free and for purchase. This is one of many ways to keep your creative juices flowing.

 

If you are currently unemployed and job searching, take the time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. According to American Graphics Institute, spending time in nature is attributed to stimulating creativity. When you are feeling stuck while updating your resume or a tough application question, go on a walk. While you are out in the sunshine, practice a set of interview questions with yourself to try and stimulate innovative and thoughtful answers. Healthy amounts of vitamin D (obtained from sun exposure) has been shown to help elevate your mood and will help to contributing to your ability to stay positive throughout your job search.

 

Forward Momentum

 

If you are stuck in a dead-end job and job searching, take the chance to work on adding to your resume by taking a class, or even getting your master’s degree, to make you more appealing to recruiters and hiring managers. If you have been at your job for a substantial amount of time, you can likely find ways to save time and put aside a little study time during work hours. There are a number of free online courses, as well as online master’s programs that you can chip away at while you are seeking out that dream job. At the end of the day, you will at least feel more fulfilled knowing that you were taking the steps towards adding to your resume and making yourself more marketable.


Remember that when any door closes, another door opens. Keep your chin up during your job search as confidence can be very appealing during interview process. You have skills to offer and learning how to best highlight them will be your best weapon in getting that interview. If you are not feeling confident about your resume or qualifications, make the move towards setting yourself up for success by registering for a professional growth course. There is a perfect fit for everyone out there, you will find yours!

W.M. Chandler is a Colorado native and works best with her head in the clouds. She is an avid researcher and enjoys writing about unfamiliar subjects. She writes passionately about nature and the outdoors, human connections and relationships, nutrition and politics.

Twitter: @wmchandler1212