Positive Job Search

How To Stay Positive During A Job Search


Looking for work can be extremely discouraging – especially in this economic climate. That’s why it’s more important than ever for job seekers to stay positive during a job search.

When your search feels futile and your hard work doesn’t cash in, you need something to help you keep going. But what can you do?

How To Stay Positive During A Job Search

We asked our readers what they do to stay positive on the job search. Here’s what they said:

Distract Yourself Every Now And Then

“Travel to the Caribbean!” - Carrie

“Stand up paddle surfing.” - Gerry

“Play with the dog or read a book for diversion.” - Ruth

Channel Your Frustration Into Motivation

“Make my own job!” - Mary

“Believe in myself and stay motivated.” - Theresa

“Meditate, envision my new job, and PRAY it happens quick.” - Lidia

“Stay in prayer, listen to motivation speakers, and exercise!” - Colette

Find Your Support

“Talk with loved ones.” - Glenn

“Spend much time in church because is only in the presence of God you can find hope that can carry you where ever you wish it to stop.” - Kelvin

Focus On Moving Forward

“After I apply to jobs I don’t worry about if they’re going to get back to me or not. I just keep moving forward. If they get back to me, then I think about it again and follow up.” - Jacob

What do YOU do to stay positive on your job search? Please share your ideas with other job seekers!

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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Manager for CAREEREALISM. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.


  1. I lie to myself that the tomorrow will be better than the today that shuttled into being from yesterday – the one you lied about then; you string them together long enough – and you can lie to yourself for years.
    ps – no, it hasn’t gotten any better in YEARS; so I should add lying to my resume – I am apparently good at that.

  2. Looking for a job is a job in itself, I am a job seeker myself. I distract myself by reading motivational books and exercising (1 hour everyday)!

  3. It certainly has been challenging to stay motivated after a little over 1 year of unemployment. Signing up for many, many websites for job leads and a ton of applications online IS a job in itself! All these applications with approximately 5 callbacks in the last year and my 1st live (in person) interview a year to the day I was laid off, only to receive a “thank you, but” email.

    Being a mortgage professional by trade for over 3 decades and having survived the worst of the meltdown doing temp assignments, 2013 has by far proven the most challenging securing a job and a loud statement that our economy is far from stable!

    Making myself available to assist others less fortunate, has certainly helped, thus keeping my mind occupied and from thinking about my crisis.

    For those out there on unemployment and with mortgage payments, I encourage you to search for non-profit assistance in your respective cities and states, such as “keepyourhomecalifornia.org”. There are some clauses tied to the financial assistance with your mortgage payments, but completely worth it while weathering the storm and keeping our homes!

  4. modernjobseeker.com

    Looking for a new job is a job in itself. Organize yourself like you would for any other work-from-home type situation.

    Ditch the PJs – nothing will put you in a funk faster than spending all day and night in the same pjs. Your mood will become more productive if you set the alarm, take a shower and get dressed every day.

    You’re CEO of your job search. Create your own (temporary) corner offer. Find a space in your home with access to a window and set up a functional and tidy workspace.

    We are creatures of habit and survive on routine. Set yourself up with the right routine and you’ll be surprised at how your outlook can change. Eat breakfast, work some, lunch with friends or a jog around the neighborhood, revise Resume, a litte LinkedIn break, apply to a new job…you get the idea.

    Take this time to volunteer and NOT for totally selfless reasons. Find volunteer opportunities that will help beef up your Resume. Have you been out of work for awhile? Use your expertise in a volunteer setting and add that to your Resume to fill the gap. Want to switch careers? Find a volunteer position to gain the skills you need to make the switch (and add that volunteer experience to your Resume. Experience is experience!).

    Use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Meet Ups or just a good old fashioned lunch with a friend to keep yourself social during the week. Isolation is the quickest way to depression.

    Happy (job) hunting! You won’t be out of work forever :)

  5. Job Hunting is my Job

    During the first weeks of my job hunt, I felt very optimistic. But now, three months into it, applying can become a sore at times. I remember calling a staffing agency to potentially meet them and they remarked that they literally sift through 100’s of resumes so they will call me if they think I’m qualified. I get it; identifying potential candidates for a job is difficult. One night I even spilled my heart out into a cover letter; that was the fastest rejection I had received… So I know never to use that method again ;)

    The gym and cooking meals at home gets me through this process. Also, I set times for applying so that I can look forward to being done for the day. Good luck to everyone!

  6. Exercising and working out is definitley helpful! It will make you stronger to tackle on more job applications! Plus remembering that everything happens for a reason helps me stay positive!

  7. “After I apply to jobs I don’t worry about if they’re going to get back to me or not. I just keep moving forward. If they get back to me, then I think about it again and follow up.” – Jacob

    I’d like to add to this one: Sure apply, apply, apply…but keep a few in mind (that you DO worry about if they’re going to get back to you) because you don’t want them to get back to you then you are at a complete loss and scrambling to assemble yourself for an interview.

    I say this because there have been times when I’ve had call backs and get a phone interview on the spot. It would’ve sucked if I wasn’t the least bit prepared.


  8. 1. Prayer won’t do a d—- thing

    2. Travel is the best idea, but I will need the money for the movers when they come to take my stuff away ’cause I couldn’t pay the mortgage

    3.Your so called connections won’t help unless you can give them something in return. See how many of your LinkedIn connections help you out. Then once you land a job and update your profile, see how many of those same people suddenly reach out to you for a job, new business, etc.

    I suggest reading, watching a movie now and then, playing with your kids, taking a drive, listening to music, take a walk or hit the mall. All of these cost little or no money and will take your mind off the pathetic, mind numbing take of job hunting in 2013.

    • I agree with you but sometimes if you feel down religion helps you to stay in sane. So eat healthy, walk, read what you like, don’t watch movies but play with your kids, meet with friends and first of all believe. Magic happens.

    • I look at prayer/meditation as a form of mental exercise and you can definitely train your mind to be positive. It shouldnt be about “asking” for things to happen, its about making yourself stronger to overcome or be OK in dealing with things outside your control. It’s a mind over matter thing. It’s also a manner of how much you exercise it, if you only do it once and while and complain how everything in the world sucks, then you’re just like everyone who wants to lose 10lbs and doesn’t feel a workout burn. I’m not religious or anything, I believe in the power of the mind.

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