How to Maintain Confidence During Your Job Search

Job searching can often be, well, soul-crushing ūüė£. Maintaining confidence during a job search is challenging, but it is also crucial for success. Next time you need a boost, consider these strategies:

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We know that it’s hard to keep spirits up when you are putting yourself out there. Not to get too personal, but as startup founders, we get told “no” a lot. Here are some ways to gain some extra positivity as you search for the next opportunity.

Set Realistic Goals

Sometimes, thinking about the big picture can be daunting. Break down your job search into manageable tasks and set achievable goals. Tackle one day at a time.

Stay Organized

Keep track of the applications you’ve sent, responses received, and follow-ups due. This will help you feel in control and see your progress over time. Hardly is building an application tracker to help with this! Sign up to be notified when it is live.¬†

Skill Development

  1. Online courses, research, or workshops can not only make you a more attractive candidate, but boost your confidence overall.

Use¬†Hardly’s free resume builder¬†to quickly edit job details and enhance your new-found skills!

Exercise and Healthy Living

Regular physical activity can significantly improve your mood and reduce stress. Engage in activities that relax and rejuvenate you, whether it’s reading, meditating, or spending time with loved ones. Mindfulness practices can help reduce stress and maintain mental health. Combined with a healthy diet, it can enhance your overall well-being, keeping you energized and positive.¬†

Networking

This one may not give you a ton of confidence, but connections can speed up your job search substantially. Reconnecting with old colleagues, attending industry meetups, or joining professional groups online can open new opportunities and provide valuable support.

Prepare Thoroughly

For each application or interview, research the company and role extensively. This preparation can boost your confidence, showing you’re well-informed and genuinely interested

Practice Interviews

Conduct mock interviews with friends or mentors to build your confidence. Feedback can help improve your performance and reduce anxiety for the real thing. If you need extra help with this, consider seeking support from a career coach or counselor. If you are ready to take the leap, Hardly has plenty of coaches who are eager to help you on your journey.

Positive Affirmations and Small Celebrations

Start your day with positive affirmations or motivational quotes. Reminding yourself of your skills, achievements, and worth can set a positive tone for the day. Celebrate small victories, like getting a callback or even just completing a day’s worth of job applications.

Limit Comparison

We know this is easier said than done, but try to avoid comparing your journey to others’. Everyone‚Äôs career path is unique, and comparing can unnecessarily diminish your achievements and confidence.

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