Keep Your Head Up

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We all know that when you are job searching for an extended period of time it can be very stressful. It can wear on you emotionally and it can be very difficult to have a positive attitude. We all also know that a positive attitude can make all the difference in the world when you walk into an interview room.

So what do you do? How do you keep your head up and a smile on your face when you feel like you’ve done this a zillion times before?

If keeping a positive attitude during your job search is becoming difficult for you, follow some of these tips:

1. Eat right. Yes, I know that this doesn’t seem to have anything to do with job search, but if you want to have a strong mind you need to fuel it. You need to make sure that you are getting the proper nutrients and minerals in your body. What you eat can affect your outlook on life. What happens when you eat/drink too much sugar? Everything seems pretty great for awhile doesn’t it? Good nutrient and vitamins can help you feel good, too, but unlike sugar, the feeling will last longer.

2. Exercise. Along with eating right you should make a point of getting some exercise every day. Take a break from the job hunt and the computer and go for a walk or a run or go and play some basketball on the courts. Study after study has shown that people who are active tend to have a better outlook on life and tend to feel better about themselves, overall.

3. Learn from past interviews. As soon as possible after each interview, write down as many details as possible about it. What did the interviewer look like when you first met him/her? What kind of non-verbal signals did you observe? What kind of answers had the best response? What kind of answers that you gave was not as favourable as you might have hoped? What do you want to change in the future? When you take the time to analyze each interview you will be able to adapt in the future and you will feel more in control of the situation.

4. Take a day or two off. You don’t have to always be “on” when it comes to job search and taking a day to not think about it will likely do more good than harm. Get out of town if you can or just stay at home in bed for an entire day. Watch bad movies or pick up that trashy romance novel that you’ve been putting off reading because you’ve been so busy. A day off is good for your mind.

5. Turn off the television and the radio and quit reading the news. It seems like every time we turn around someone is telling us how bad the economy is. Someone has a story about this person or that person who has been out of work for years. Shut as much off as you can. Focus on yourself and not other people’s experiences.