Tips on staying positive during job search?

How does the OG keep their spirits up while looking for employment? I'm not in a depressed state but after sending out resume after resume and filling out countless applications online, there are days it gets to you. For those who have been in similar situations, are there any tips you would like to share? I'm probably not the only one going through this so let's share some encouragement and positive vibes!

It sucks when you're applying for an entry-level job that requires 2 years minimum experience or being told that you're overqualified because you have a degree and they probably feel you won't stick around long.

I just want to pay my dues already and get started! Phone Post 3.0

collecting unemployment is a necessity. without that, suicide would be a continual thought creeping up.

RJJH - 


its tough bro. I have been there. you just have to keep in mind that you are not alone, and that there are literally thousands of others just like you hoping for that same opportunity. so your chance will come eventually. you just gotta keep on keeping on.


thanks RJJH. that's what i've been telling myself but it feels more reassuring when someone else says it. you sir are going to be the first person i ever voted up (yeah i know. it's nothing special.) hahaha.

Stay positive by surrounding yourself with positive people, use affirmations of positive thoughts, watch self help videos on youtube, learn as much as you can about how to interview correctly by watching videos on youtube so that you will be prepared when the time comes. Get resume help a great place is riptheresume.com also, I would consider hiring a resume writing service - it can be expensive but it is an investment. Be diligent, apply, apply and apply again, send thank you follow up emails with everyone who contacts you even if they choose not to hire you now.

Watch this:

The power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD-TeoOFoHQ

Make a schedule and stick to it everyday. Exercise, cooking your food (don't eat out), house projects, networking with friends, sending out resumes, etc...

Use this time wisely, once you get a job you'll be back in the grind and realize how much you miss having so much free time. I did a lot of mountain biking when I was between jobs, it was the best 5 weeks of my adult life.

What kind of Jobs are you looking for? Are you on LinkedIn? LinkedIn is a great place to network and contact decision makers directly if you are a paying member. Remember that you have to invest if you are trying to get employed. By that I mean invest in research of the companies you want to work for and who the key people are also, you may have to spend some money on resume, etc if you really want to stand out.

LittleJoeMama - Make a schedule and stick to it everyday. Exercise, cooking your food (don't eat out), house projects, networking with friends, sending out resumes, etc...

Use this time wisely, once you get a job you'll be back in the grind and realize how much you miss having so much free time. I did a lot of mountain biking when I was between jobs, it was the best 5 weeks of my adult life.

This.
And unless it is the day of an interview of the day before and you need to do research, spend only about 2 hours a day on job applications. No more no less. Afterward, be ready for phonecalls, but don't think about it and keep yourself busy

I was out 3 months and got fired for no reason left a job if 5 years for a new opportunity and lasted a month and I am very good at my job so it was confidence shattering


I was miserable and felt like a piece of shot collecting unemployment


Now I'm at a new job I love and I work at the number 2 hotel in entire city. I'm a Guest service manager for a Hilton property and the company that owns my hotel is the best company I've worked for hands down


The 3 miserable months were worth it as I got to move from a city I hated to the city I wanted to move to and now I'm at a way better job that will help my future


Keep plugging along man the best may not have happened yet Phone Post 3.0

universalflow - Stay positive by surrounding yourself with positive people, use affirmations of positive thoughts, watch self help videos on youtube, learn as much as you can about how to interview correctly by watching videos on youtube so that you will be prepared when the time comes. Get resume help a great place is riptheresume.com also, I would consider hiring a resume writing service - it can be expensive but it is an investment. Be diligent, apply, apply and apply again, send thank you follow up emails with everyone who contacts you even if they choose not to hire you now.

you're so right about surrounding yourself with positive people. when my friends were still in school, they had big aspirations but post-graduation they gave up on their dreams and settled into jobs that didn't require a college degree and are now buried with student loan debt. btw, i don't look down on jobs that don't require a college degree. unlike a lot of people i know, i don't feel that a college degree entitles you to anything. maybe that's the wrong attitude to have? i don't know. when i go to my friends for support, their response is usually something along the lines of "soon, you'll be suffering with the rest of us." i have gotten help on my resume from the career center at the local community college i transferred out of but i will check out that website. anything helps at this point, am i right? i have a business degree but all of my previous work experience has been at small businesses as a cashier and sales clerk. they offered to pay me under the table and being young at the time, that was very appealing to me. before i transferred, i was a full time student and working full time so i was hoping that would give me some edge, but looking back now i realize that i'm not that unique. there are plenty of hard workers out there. some that work even harder than me. anyway, i kind of rambled on but thanks for your input universalflow. i really appreciate it.

also, thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to this thread. you guys are fuckin awesome. i love the OG.

Still not found a job following the 'slap threat incident', it sucks. Phone Post

i registered with 2 temp agencies earlier and applied to several bank teller positions yesterday so im hoping that someone gives me a call by next week. keeping my fingers crossed.

<blockquote>savagelife - <blockquote>universalflow - Stay positive by surrounding yourself with positive people, use affirmations of positive thoughts, watch self help videos on youtube, learn as much as you can about how to interview correctly by watching videos on youtube so that you will be prepared when the time comes. Get resume help a great place is riptheresume.com also, I would consider hiring a resume writing service - it can be expensive but it is an investment. Be diligent, apply, apply and apply again, send thank you follow up emails with everyone who contacts you even if they choose not to hire you now.</blockquote><br /> you're so right about surrounding yourself with positive people. when my friends were still in school, they had big aspirations but post-graduation they gave up on their dreams and settled into jobs that didn't require a college degree and are now buried with student loan debt. btw, i don't look down on jobs that don't require a college degree. unlike a lot of people i know, i don't feel that a college degree entitles you to anything. maybe that's the wrong attitude to have? i don't know. when i go to my friends for support, their response is usually something along the lines of "soon, you'll be suffering with the rest of us." i have gotten help on my resume from the career center at the local community college i transferred out of but i will check out that website. anything helps at this point, am i right? i have a business degree but all of my previous work experience has been at small businesses as a cashier and sales clerk. they offered to pay me under the table and being young at the time, that was very appealing to me. before i transferred, i was a full time student and working full time so i was hoping that would give me some edge, but looking back now i realize that i'm not that unique. there are plenty of hard workers out there. some that work even harder than me. anyway, i kind of rambled on but thanks for your input universalflow. i really appreciate it.<br /><br />also, thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to this thread. you guys are fuckin awesome. i love the OG.</blockquote><br /> You sound young. Plus you mentioned you have a degree. Ever though of becoming a Officer in the Military? Get involved in toastmasters or other organizations where business people congregate to support each other and continue to develop themselves. I go to toastmasters and I have made leaps and bounds in my personal communication, network of business contacts, etc.

Where you at OP? maybe the OG can help.... Phone Post

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MyUnclesCreepy - I was out 3 months and got fired for no reason left a job if 5 years for a new opportunity and lasted a month and I am very good at my job so it was confidence shattering


I was miserable and felt like a piece of shot collecting unemployment


Now I'm at a new job I love and I work at the number 2 hotel in entire city. I'm a Guest service manager for a Hilton property and the company that owns my hotel is the best company I've worked for hands down


The 3 miserable months were worth it as I got to move from a city I hated to the city I wanted to move to and now I'm at a way better job that will help my future


Keep plugging along man the best may not have happened yet Phone Post 3.0
Where at?

There's lots of hoteliers on the OG.


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Raleigh NC. I took a front desk manager job at a wingate owned by an Indian and was fired after a month. Left a suburban extended stay that I worked at for 5 years.


Never ever again will I work for a dot head I don't give a fuck if they offer 200k a year Phone Post 3.0

HIV will help you stay positive. Phone Post 3.0

<blockquote>The Elastic Assassin - <br /><br />Where you at OP? maybe the OG can help.... <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/><br /><br /><br /></blockquote><br /> Orange County, CA<br /><br /> I registered with 2 temp agencies earlier and applied to several bank teller positions yesterday so im hoping that someone gives me a call by next week. keeping my fingers crossed.