How to Manage Confidence During the Job Search Process

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Taking care of our mental health looks different for everyone, particularly during the ups and downs of the job search process. And, in honor of this Mental Health Awareness Month, we’d like to provide advice from one of our Career Navigators on how to stay optimistic while seeking employment.

  1. Self Care – The Job Search process is a job in itself.  It requires a person to be at their best. So, I always preach for my clients to eat well and rest well. I encourage them to get a good night’s sleep and make sure they are eating nutritious meals/snacks.  Especially when they end up getting an invitation for an interview – no one wants to see a candidate yawning from being tired or hearing their stomach rumble because they did not eat enough.
  2. Self Motivation – Our team shares motivational quotes with each other weekly to stay positive and sometimes we end up sharing that with our clients.  I personally also do that.  I Google “motivational quotes”  – there’s one for every situation. Or,  “motivational quotes for job search”, “…for confidence,” and “… for determination”.  It sounds corny and like common sense but starting the day off with a motivational quote stays with you for the day/week and it reignites the fire you have to job search.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people. – Connect with as many people as you can during the job search process.  First and foremost, job hunting is a social experience because you put yourself out there for the best opportunity.  It is really who you know and what they know.  So, talk with family and friends – share with them what your goal is and what you are looking for.  Let them provide positive advice and support.  Also, use it as an opportunity to network.  If possible, connect with old co-workers and previous supervisors/managers who can offer the same advice and support.  It would also be a good time to line up people who you can use as references.
  4. Apply for jobs that would truly make you happy.  This is a great opportunity to really search for a job that would make you shine.  Identify your strengths, and true passions, and line yourself up with those types of jobs only.  There is a job for everyone, but not every job is for everyone.  If you don’t like people, then do not apply for a customer service position.  You can be intentional in what company matches best with you and your goals, as well as being specific with the job duties you are wanting/willing to do.  Think if you do what you enjoy/love then it will not feel like work.  Going into a new job in this state of mind is good for your mental health in the long term.

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