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Job hunting is never fun, even when the job market is hot. Staying positive is the best way to push forward and eventually land the job of your dreams. Here are a few tips for keeping your confidence up during a long job hunt. 

Focus on What You Can Control 

Job hunting isn’t a race. It’s a journey, and a lot of the scenery is outside your control. Focus on the things you can control, such as making sure your resume shines, and you are prepared for interviews, and let everything else go. 

Remember Your Accomplishments 

You’ve been through hard times before, and you have a 100% success rate of overcoming them. Take some time each day to remember what you’ve accomplished in the past, and you will feel more confident about the future. 

Don’t Take It Personally 

If you get turned down during your job hunt, don’t take it personally. It probably wasn’t the right fit. Stay positive and realize that things will fall into place when the job is meant to be. And the extra interviewing experience will only make you stronger and more confident for the next job opportunity.

Stay Busy While Job Hunting

Developing a routine can help you feel more normal. Create a balance of job hunting, family time, and social life. Make sure to practice self-care, from taking a hot bubble bath to hiking in the woods. 

Take Advantage of This Time 

We live in a busy, 24-hour, always-on world. Take advantage of this slow period to do some serious contemplation. What do you truly want out of life? What factors are essential in your career? What motivates you? Do you have a five-year and ten-year plan? Finding meaning and determining your purpose can inspire you to do the hard work to get to where you want to be. 

Clean Out the Clutter 

You probably have a long list of social media “friends” and loose acquaintances. As you go through this job hunting period, you will find that some are supportive while others are toxic. This is a great time to start walking away from those who bring you down while cultivating relationships with those who improve your mental health. You don’t necessarily have to “break up” with toxic people, just mute them and stop paying so much attention to what they say. 

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