Tips to maintain optimism during your job search
EVERETT, WA -- The longer it takes to land a new position, the more difficult it can be to remain optimistic. This is a problem because employers want to hire upbeat people. If you walk into your next interview and a raincloud follows you through the door, the hiring manager will surely notice. It can cost you the job. Here are some tips to help you make a positive impression when you're feeling a bit gloomy:
Make the most of non-work time. Use your out-of-work days to try something new. Research a new idea, expand your knowledge, join online industry related groups and forums, volunteer or improve your job skills and take a class. Rework and revise. Overhaul your resume until it showcases your personality and highlights your achievements and job skills. If you don't feel proud of your resume, rewrite it.
Shake yourself up -- physically. Before an interview, take a walk around the block, head to the gym or dance around your living room. Moving your body will help shake off the blues. Remember, most hiring managers want candidates who are enthusiastic and ready to make a difference for the company. Be ready to answer questions. If you've been out of work for a long time, expect interviewers to ask about it. Emphasize the 'experience' of your unemployment, what you have learned and how you took full advantage of the time.