How to stay positive during an exhaustive job hunt

How to stay positive during an exhaustive job hunt

Job hunting can be a testing time. Depending on the job market, your search can end within weeks, or can stretch into months. Unfortunately, the current times have made the search even tougher for many jobseekers.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, of the 705,600 unemployed people in February 2020, 86.8% reported having difficulty finding work.

A key reason cited for this was ‘too many applicants for available jobs.’ Reports have revealed that the competition for jobs in Australia has nearly doubled, from approximately 20 applicants for each job at the start of 2020, to around 40 towards the end of the year. 

As a consequence of the increased competition, many jobseekers are likely to face repeated rejection and ensuing disappointment during their job search. While the hard work, hope, and expected positive outcome from each job application is the same for everyone, the reality is that only a few will be shortlisted, and one will ultimately win the job.

As disheartening as it may seem, this is a stark reality in today’s times. It is important to remember that it does, in no way, reflect badly on you. The key is to persevere, remain dedicated to your goal and to stay positive. In those moments when you start to feel low and self-doubt begins to creep in, here are a few ways that can help you to stay on track and soldier on with determination.

Be prepared

An important tool in your job search is having a current resume. Your resume displays your key skills and qualities and should be relevant to the job you are applying for to give you a greater chance of getting an interview.

Before your interview, take the time to familiarise yourself with the employer’s website and/or social media pages. It is also recommended to have specific and appropriate questions ready. 

Being prepared gives you the confidence to present yourself in the best possible light.

Having a daily routine

Take some time away from your job search every day. Spending hours filling out applications, searching for jobs, or reaching out to consultants, is likely to burn you out. Make sure to include some relaxation activities in your daily routine: reading, taking a short walk, maybe listening to your favourite tunes, or just calling up a friend or chatting with family can all help. While your job search efforts are important, it is also essential to take the time to unwind, which will not only help you to rest, but also allow you to return to the task refreshed and revitalised.

Brush up on your skills and knowledge

If you have been putting off some reading material related to your work, now is the time to tackle it. The idea is to keep yourself occupied with constructive tasks. Brushing up on your industry knowledge will also help to increase your confidence with your job hunt, and at the interview.  Additionally, confidence can motivate you and heighten your sense of optimism.  In contrast, negative thoughts can hold you back, spiral you into a panic, and demoralise you.  Staying positive will be crucial to your success.

Become a volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to keep yourself motivated as well as giving purpose. It could also be a great stepping-stone to meeting new people, networking, and learning new skills. Further, it looks great on your resume. It shows constructive use of your free time, and resourcefulness, while demonstrating your desire to contribute to your community and succeed.

Count your blessings

Gratitude helps lift your mood when you are feeling discouraged or trapped in a routine. Remembering all the things you are grateful for – family, friends, successes and achievements,  may not only help you to discover the inner strength and resilience within you, but it can also add renewed purpose to your job search.

Stay engaged and reach out

Remain attached to your professional network. You will draw strength from talking to others in your field and getting feedback, or even job leads, from them. New avenues or doors could open through connecting with people who may be in a position to help you. Your association with others may also lead you to the realisation that you are not alone on your journey to secure a job

It is understood that job seeking can be a daunting and challenging mission. However, with revived ambition, unwavering motivation, and a positive attitude, success is within your reach.  You can do it!

Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE) is a vibrant and innovative registered training organisation, which offers a range of courses in Melbourne to help students to fulfil their career goals.

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