Job Search Discouragement

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 21, 2011 in , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

It’s completely natural to feel discouraged, anxious and even depressed during unemployment.

Don’t allow those feelings to prevent you from moving forward, continue aiming towards your career goals.

Here are some suggestions to help you cope better:

1.) Ask what you might gain from this transition. Instead of thinking negatively, look for the positives. Unencumbered time lends plenty of opportunity to focus on what matters most to you, opening up new avenues of possibility.

2.) Keep your hope up and set goals to achieve, so you can see results, accomplishing something. Set goals weekly, and monthly, look at those goals daily to ensure you are on track.

3.) Take good care of yourself for a few reasons: to stay healthy of course, not spending money on doctors visits, to keep your appearance up for interviews, and bolster your mood. Daily exercise and eating right maintains your health, both mental and physical.

4.) Take breaks from your job search on the weekend. Do fun, creative, healthy activities that make you laugh, smile, and feel good about yourself. Rent your favorite movie, begin an enjoyable project, go for a walk with the dog and interact with friends and family.

5.) Don’t withhold your current situation from a mentor, friends, relatives and neighbors. The more people who know you are out of work, the more people are in your network to help you. Make them aware of what you are seeking, be specific. Keep an open mind, they could find a position for you that leads to new opportunities you’ve never considered.

6.) Volunteer, I’ve said this throughout my blogs for a reason–it works! When you volunteer it does you a lot of good to use skills and connect with others who need your help. Besides that, you may find a job opening available at a nonprofit while you are volunteering. See my posts regarding nonprofit work where you’ll find several links. Internships are valuable on a resume, do see my post about obtaining one.

7.) Give yourself credit for what you have accomplished, no matter how small. Put the list of accomplishments in a conspicuous place, look at them daily. Often times many small–but well placed steps–lead to big things.

8.) Understand what’s in your control, and what is not. Let go of what is not in your control. Don’t waste valuable energy and time thinking about what might have been, that’s the past. Instead, focus on what is ahead, the future.

9.) Make information gathering a priority. Be sure to read the best resources about job seeking (which I’ve mentioned in other blogs), put a professional profile on LinkedIn, learn how to properly network (see my post here on networking), go to job fairs, talk to your mentor and help others with their job search too.

10.) Discuss with people you trust the feelings you have about job loss, or the inability to find employment. It’s important to find a caring person or persons with an ability to listen and give positive feedback. A close friend, mentor, counselor, clergy or family member you can confide in on a regular basis. Help yourself to move on from your job loss, or inability to find employment right now. This is not a permanent situation, it is only temporary.

©2009 Judy Anne Cavey, who resides in the S.F. Bay Area of California, is a credentialed, certified, higher education instructor who taught Work Experience/Cooperative Education and ESL at three community colleges. She is also a freelance writer and grant writer currently authoring a textbook, has designed other learning programs, and worked with several nonprofits. Her Edublog, “Work Experience”, is a not-for-profit endeavor designed to assist job seekers of all ages.