Ways of maintaining a positive mindset during job hunting

Job hunting can be such a demoralizing and overwhelming experience. From the tedious application process to the constant rejection emails you can end up feeling frustrated, but with these tips, you will be able to maintain a positive mindset throughout the journey.

The tips are:



Create a schedule

Having structure in your life is always good as it keeps your mind occupied. With all the time that you have available to you when you are unemployed your mind can start to focus on a lot of negative things so keeping it preoccupied with constructive activities can assist you in maintaining a positive attitude.  You can also get so invested in the job hunting process that you forget to take care of yourself. Creating a schedule where you make time for rest or other self-care activities can go a long way in ensuring that you remain in a positive mindset.


Set realistic goals

Although the end goal is to secure a job, breaking this huge objective down into smaller tasks makes the whole journey a bit more manageable rather than overwhelming. Also achieving these smaller tasks will motivate you more during your job hunt hence making you more optimistic. These smaller tasks could be updating your resume, networking on LinkedIn, attending career workshops, or even sharing your resume with your friends to get feedback.




Words affirmation are any spoken or written words that confirm support, uplift, and empathize with another person or yourself in a positive manner. You can start to feel like a failure when your inbox is filled with rejection emails but by reciting words of affirmation to yourself you are able to remind yourself how amazing and talented you are. My favorite words of affirmation are “I don't chase I attract what belongs to me will simply find me” and “The opportunity that I seek has an opening for me and the people with that opening will be reaching out to me shortly.”

Connect with others

Not being employed can feel very isolating be it due to shame or just a lack of access to a community of people especially if you are in a foreign country. This feeling can lead to severe depression if not dealt with. Open yourself up to people, allow yourself to vulnerable with your feelings by sharing them with your friends, family, or even partner. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Do not give up

I know at times things can look so bad that the only option is to give up but you need to believe in yourself and trust that you are deserving of good things. Job hunting can get very overwhelming but eventually, you will find something you just need to keep on trying.


Create a plan for rejection

Rejection is inevitable when it comes to job hunting so start getting comfortable with it. Coming up with a plan will ensure that you don't spend a lot of time feeling bad for yourself. To help you come up with a plan you can refer to our blog on how to deal with job rejection effectively.



This article is published as part of the opportunity recommendation service. The opportunity recommendation service helps our users achieve their dreams and self-actualize in anything that they pursue, this can be in the form of grants, jobs, scholarships, or even residencies. We also help you with your applications and CVs through the Application/CV drop-in clinic held every other Sunday from 6 pm-7 pm (East Africa Timezone). For inquiry, please message us on the 'QAN Community Admin' account.

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