Staying Constructive Through A Lengthy Job Search

Being unemployed is hard enough as it is. Being unemployed during a global pandemic is even harder. An average job search takes about 6 months. It could take longer now depending on the availability of jobs in your industry, skills, and a variety of other factors. In New York, some people have waited over 3 months just to receive unemployment benefits. Being stressed is absolutely an appropriate response. Honor these feelings, but move on and focus, because, on the flip side of stress; the last thing you should do is make choices under duress.


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Be Mindful of Your Attitude

Evaluate your attitude. Are you thinking in a constructive or destructive way?


A destructive attitude includes:

  • Believing you’re a failure because you got laid off and didn't get a new job.

  • Thinking you’ll never get an offer because it hasn't happened yet.

  • Believing no employer will accept you because all you get are constant rejections.

  • You become a constructive and person when you focus on the positive things in your life, including your job search. You are more than your job!


A constructive attitude includes:

Believing you’ll land great in your next position, regardless of how things loo

Believing this is temporary.

Believing every day brings the possibility of change, so you must keep going.


How To Improve Your Attitude:


Improve Your Self-Talk:

There’s a lot of inner dialogue going on a daily basis. However, a lot of these thoughts don’t add anything valuable to your job search or your life.


Be Grateful:

Name everything you are grateful for. Think about your relationships.


Good luck and keep going!


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