Fighting Off Negativity During Your Job Search

It’s no secret most job seekers experience a roller-coaster of emotions while embarked on their hunt for employment. Every day presents a challenge with the likelihood of facing some of your highest highs and lowest lows. The current job climate also isn’t doing much to help in the way of daily job search struggles.

From frustration to lowered self-confidence, the list of job seeker emotions rattles on almost endlessly. The easiest way to encompass all of these challenging emotions is by simply labeling them as negativity. Handling inevitable job search negativity is something every job seeker must have an efficient and effective approach for.

Why Combating Negativity Is Essential To Your Success
Your job search is likely to be filled with a varied amount of off-days. Whether you’re facing a rejection letter or just not finding the leads you’d hoped for, these circumstances often breed negative emotions. Handling job search emotions — both the good and the bad — will help you stay on track to getting hired.

Over time, negative emotions can wrongly portray you to potential employers both online and face-to-face during interviews and networking interactions. When your negativity builds up, you might not even notice how it affects your actions until it’s too late. No hiring manager wants to deal with a negative candidate with lowered self-esteem.

Many job seekers enter their job search without the slightest clue of what to expect during their experience. This blindness is likely to cause an even greater plethora of emotions due to unpreparedness for what you may experience. But there’s one surefire way to combat whatever is thrown your way: create a plan of attack for managing your challenges.

Take Action
There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for managing the day-to-day emotional challenges experienced during the search for employment, but there are a large variety of things you can do to cope:

▪ Maintain a routine.
▪ Exercise regularly.
▪ Partake in regular social activities.
▪ Manage your expectations.
▪ Maintain a support network.
▪ Focus on the positives.
▪ Motivate and inspire yourself.

These are just a few simple ways to enhance your experiences during the job search. Taking an overall positive outlook on your circumstances may be hard at times, but it’s crucial to staying afloat in the face of less-than-positive  outcomes.

What has helped you stay positive during your job search?

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About the author: Brittany Schlacter graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in public relations and a minor in fashion. Before joining Come Recommended as a content creator trainee, she gained valuable experiences in public relations, community management, blogging, integrated marketing, and business operations.

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