How to Stay Positive When Looking for a Job

It’s vital to stay positive when you’re looking for a job because it increases your chances of getting hired. Who wants to hire a negative, depressed, miserable employee who can’t bounce back from a setback?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers is the most popular book for people looking for work. If you need to stay positive while job hunting, this book will help.

Here’s what Miranda says:

“Yesterday I was laid off from my job as a personal assistant at a law firm and I didn’t see it coming. I have no problem looking for a job and believe I’ll find one fast. But I’m angry and frustrated that I’m in this position. Everyone tells me to stay positive and keep my chin up, but how? What are your tips for staying positive when you’re looking for work?” – from Laid Off From Work? How to Cope With Being Unemployed.

Staying positive while looking for work keeps you healthier and happier, which improves your chances of finding a new job. But I have to admit that staying positive is easier when you’ve been looking for work for two days, not two months or even two years!

How to Stay Positive When Looking for a Job

I changed my mind – the best place to start staying positive isn’t by fooling around. It’s by taking a proactive step towards getting a job you love – read How to Get a Great Job in 90 Days or Less.


Fool around – tap into your inner immature little kid

I’m a Big Sister through the Big Sisters/Little Sisters organization. Yesterday it was boiling hot in Vancouver, so we took the dog to Lynn Creek and waded upstream in the freezing cold water. We tried to catch little fishes with a paper cup, and had contests to see who could get the wettest. The rocks were extremely slippery, so we really had to pay attention to every step we took. It was so much fun!

When was the last time you had FUN? I don’t even need to explain how this tips help you stay positive when looking for a job. The more fun you have, the happier and healthier you’ll be. The happier and healthier you are, the more likely you’ll get hired because prospective employers will like and be attracted to you.

Deal with your feelings of frustration, anger, or negativity

The last thing you want to take into a job interview is a chip on your shoulder. No matter how bad your last work situation was, no matter how long you’ve been looking for a job, and no matter how frustrated you are with your previous employer – you need to leave it behind.

To stay positive when looking for a job, you need to express your negative feelings in healthy ways. How you do this depends on your personality and lifestyle. Me, I’d run up Quarry Rock in Deep Cove, Vancouver every morning. I’d also connect with God, take my dog to the dog park and watch her romp with joy, and write in my journal.

Get temporary work

One of my favorite ways to fill in the work gaps is to get a job as a temp (temporary assistant). It’s often menial work – filing, answering phones, cleaning out storage space – but it keeps you in the “work mode.” The worst thing to do when you’re looking for a job is stay home!

How to Stay Positive When Looking for a Job

How to Stay Positive When Looking for a Job

What kind of temp work can you do? If you’re not the office type, maybe you can find work doing day labour. I always see “help wanted” ads in the paper for flaggers and other construction workers. The benefit of getting temp work is that it shows prospective employers that you’re willing to do whatever it takes – you’re an eager and enthusiastic employee! And who knows – maybe your temp work will lead to a permanent full-time job.

If you feel like you’re too old to take temporary work, read How to Choose a New Career When You’re Over 40.

Think about going back to school

Taking university classes is one of my most favourite things to do! I have degrees in Psychology and Education, and I’m starting grad school in a month. I’m in a unique position, though: we can’t have kids (which I’ve also learned how to be positive about), and we’re very good with money. So, going back to school is a breeze for me – but I know not everyone is in the same boat.

If you don’t have money for college, university, or a technical or trade school, read How to Get Money for School – From Passive Income to Sharper Vision.

Surround yourself with people you respect and admire

Have you heard the theory that you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with? If you’re chilling with negative, angry, depressed, bitter people, you’re setting yourself up for a negative, angry, depressed, bitter outlook on life. You soak up the energy, personality, and perspective of the people around you.

Who do you spend the most time with? Do you feel good when you’re around them, or drained of energy? If your friends and family aren’t the most supportive, positive people in the world then you need to actively seek people who inspire and motivate you.

For more tips on being positive and looking for work, read Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People.

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