How to stay positive and fabulous while job searching

Job searching can be fun and adventourous. However, it can also be very stressful if you are waiting around and there just aren’t any prospects. So how does a nice, intelligent, healthy and productive person stay sane while they are unemployed? Well look no further. Below are some helpful tips that I am sharing with you from personal experience so you can be your absolute best when that interview does come:

1) Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday.
2) Treat your job search like a job.
3) Get at least 30 minutes of excercise a day.
4) Try and stay off Facebook (if you can help it – I know its addicting)
5) Get out of the house/apartment. Go out for fresh air.
6) Learn something new: take a Spanish or French conversational course, take a flower arranging, cooking, dance or pottery class or work on improving a certain skill you already have.
7) Meditate – goal = 10 minutes  (See link below for more info on meditation):
8) Read – the paper, magazine articles e.g.: Forbes, Fortune 500, Newsweek and the New York Times, blogs or anything you can get your hands on.
9) Volunteer
10) See if a family member, friend or neighbor needs any help with any home or garden projects.
11) Visit a local museum, garden, library or any place you have always wanted to visit but haven’t found the time.
12) Write or start a blog.
13) Start a collage or an image board with images that represent all your goals, values and the things you want and see for yourself in the future.
14)  Clean and tidy up your house.
15) Think of at least one thing if not more to be grateful for each day.
16) Catch up with an old friend.
17) Write down a list of your values, skills, experiences, accomplishments, likes, dislikes and goals.
18) Do some gentle yoga.
19) Go to church or a place of worship.
20) Be the absolute best friend, lover, sister, brother, Mother, Father, husband, wife or person you can be!!!

Since 2009, I have been in between jobs while trying to manage the emotions, frustrations, disappointments and set backs of being unemployed. It can be a real downer and a terrible blow when you find out the job or career you were so hoping would work out didn’t. Whether its your fault or just the downturn of this economic climate we are in, please don’t beat yourself up about it. The way you handle it, your outlook and how you present yourself and your situation to others can determine how fast you recover and land another job. Just try your best to stay upbeat and chalk it up to a learning experience. And when people ask you about it, you can just say ” It didn’t work out” or that “Its an unfortunate reality that non-profit fundraising positions are experiencing heavy turn-over” or that “Law firms are scaling back.” But the upside is that now you have more time to volunteer or travel or do the other things you’ve wanted to do. That’s the impression I like to try and leave. That I have a vital and fulfilled life with or without a job.
And when I do land interviews, I find its best to say “I’m interviewing or I’m looking.”

They say that in order to find success you have to know failure as well. We are all doing the best we can. I hope that this has helped you. Please feel free to share any comments, suggestions or tips that you would like to share.

Here are some helpful quotes that I try to remember when I need more confidence or a pick me up:

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.”
~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.”
~Mary Pickford

“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.”
~Michael Jordan