Entering the “real world” after college, we’re all greeted with the job search. You’ve worked hard and had a successful run at college, but chances are, you have underestimated how difficult the job search is on a personal level. You send dozens of resumes, and you maybe hear back from a couple of hiring managers. You go to several interviews, and there has been that one candidate who has slightly more relevant experience than you. You keep hearing that a positive attitude will help you find your job, but it’s getting harder as the weeks go by. Here are some tips to re-inspire and motivate yourself:

Accept and Learn from Rejection

Not every job is perfect for your skillset and experience level, and if you have been applying to many positions, you will be facing rejection at some point. The job search can be a long process riddled with rejection, and if you let it bring you down, you won’t learn from the experience and do better the next time; you will just be worried about getting rejected again.

Surround Yourself Only with Positive People

Avoid negativity like the plague! It will do your attitude no good hanging around people who are constantly discussing bleak job outlooks and stories about this guy they know who was out of work for a year. Surround yourself with supportive people who want to lift you up.

Maintain a Routine

Don’t devote your whole day to applying for jobs; you will burn out and get frustrated in no time. Maintain a normal routine and stay active physically and mentally. If you make room for things like exercising, visiting friends, spending time with family and even down time to relax, your days will feel more balanced and less pressured.


There are many good reasons to volunteer, especially during your job search. While volunteering, you can meet possible connections to job opportunities, bolster your resume by showing you stayed active and most importantly, it will give you a sense of accomplishment. Positively impacting somebody’s life is an uplifting feeling, so devote some time to a cause you care about.

The job search takes its toll, no doubt about it, and keeping that smile on your face gets tough. Follow these tips, and your positive attitude can help carry you to your opportunity.

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