It can be incredibly difficult to stay motivated and keep a positive outlook when you find yourself unemployed. Whether you have become jobless through your own actions or circumstances beyond your control, you still feel the stress and anxiety that comes with wondering how you will make ends meet. Although, you may think it’s easier said than done, staying positive, focused and motivated when you are out of job isn’t an impossible challenge.
- Keep to your regular schedule. It is important to maintain a “work day” routine to keep your body in synch with typical business hours. This will make it less difficult to readjust when you do find a job.
- Create space in your home that you can use as your “office.” Set up a computer, printer and other office supplies, and use it as your base of operations while you search for jobs.
- Don’t lounge around in your pajamas. When you start your day, get dressed as though you were going to work. This will help motivate you by getting you out of the bathrobe doldrums and into a “dressed for success” frame of mind.
- Network with other people and stay connected. Don’t become isolated at home, as this can cause depression and loneliness. Get out of the house on job-search and business-related forays as much as possible. Volunteer where you can, as those situations can occasionally lead to employment opportunities. Use social media networks like LinkedIn that have groups, blogs, or forums related to your area of expertise and participate in discussions.
- Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by personally-motivated activities while you are in “work mode.” Avoid internet surfing, purely social chatting, watching television, and other activities that drag you away from your goal – finding a job!
Above all else, keep yourself in the right frame of mind. Think positively about your skills and abilities, tailor your resume to market those abilities and apply yourself diligently to finding employment. Sometimes your attitude can be the biggest advantage you’ve got when searching for a job, so make sure you have the right one and don’t let being out of work discourage you.