Staying Positive During a Job Search: A How-To Guide

Michael Neidert
Jun 7, 2017 · 10 min read
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The 3 to 1 Rule

When I moved to NYC without a job, I had a very short window of time to find work before I’d go broke and move back home to Ohio.

This is your new job (or second job)

One trap that I see job seekers falling into is treating their job hunt as a vacation and not taking it seriously. Sleeping in until noon. Staying in pajamas. Falling out of shape. Working inconsistent hours. Netflix binging.

Find what motivates you

This is a big one.

Set Your Targets

One of the most difficult parts of job hunting is quantifying how well you’re doing– and if what you’re doing is effective. I often work with job seekers who say they spend hours each week on their job search, but don’t feel like anything is coming from it.

  1. You can quantify what works and what doesn’t. Let’s say you spend an entire week sending applications through HR portals and you DM a few people through Twitter who have jobs at companies you’d like to join. Perhaps two out of fifty HR portal applications lead to an interview– but three out of four Twitter messages lead to an interview. By identifying which methods work through tracking results you’ll figure out the best ways for getting an interview and, eventually, an offer.

Don’t go it alone

This one has always been tough for me. If I’m looking for work, I feel it’s up to me to stay consistent, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and accept an offer.

Make a list

There are plenty of well-documented reasons writing out goals and ideas is helpful.

Beware of social media

“Don’t compare your behind the scenes with other people’s musicals.”

Help others

For a variety of reasons, helping others is hugely beneficial for our mental health and well-being.

Here’s the good news

A job search isn’t an end, a failure or a death sentence. It’s a change of plans, a fresh start and an opportunity to take control of your life.

Career Relaunch

Stories about how to make a brave career change. Curated by Joseph Liu, host of the Career Relaunch podcast. https://CareerRelaunch.net

Michael Neidert

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Copywriter, marketer, sales consultant, car guy, watch collector, Instagram addict and American expat living in Montenegro.

Career Relaunch

Stories about how to make a brave career change. Curated by Joseph Liu, host of the Career Relaunch podcast. https://CareerRelaunch.net