How to get a job: Stay positive for months
NEW YORK, NY -- If you're looking for a job, get ready to stick it out for four months--and keep up that can-do attitude. Researchers tracked the job search experiences of 177 unemployed subjects for 20 weeks and found that 72% of them got work, particularly those who maintained a good outlook. That was easier at the start of the study, when subjects spent an average of 17 hours a week job-hunting and felt increasingly good about the project.
But by the study's fourth month, their attitudes had started to sink, and time spent job-seeking fell to about 14 hours a week. Of course, positivity can be tough to maintain. Searching for a job isn't like learning a skill, where maintaining a positive attitude may be easier as you see improvement with effort. Beyond landing a job, you get almost no feedback.
Some tips from a career coach: Look for support from friends and create a daily routine along with a job search plan for yourself. Make more contacts by joining associations in your industry. Don't be shy about reaching out to family and friends who may know someone in your field who can hire you. Get perspective. The stress of looking for a job can take a toll on even the strongest person. Don't beat yourself up for feeling down. Take a couple of days to recharge. Then get back to your job hunt.