Staying Self-Confident During Job Search

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager 
You have been diligently searching for work. You contact and approach employers, network with friends and others, and have even had a few interviews that you thought went well. Yet, no successful job offer has been made.
At first, you might feel a bit annoyed and frustrated. After months of trying and still no job, many of us begin to question ourselves and feel rejected. When our self-confidence begins to falter, it is challenging to stay positive about the job search process. This article will share a few ways to work through the annoyance, frustration, and self-confidence challenges.

The Challenge

Staying positive in the shadow of rejection can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Every time you make contact with someone during the job search, you are building your network. When you complete an interview – you have faced fear and had an opportunity to discuss your skills.

Focus on the Opportunity

If you view your outreach as an opportunity, despite the outcome, you can remove rejection from the equation. When we apply for jobs, we usually do not know who our competition is, or exactly what the employer wants. Why an employer does not respond to our resume or job application typically remains a mystery. We are often unaware of why we were not selected for the position. In some cases, one can request feedback from the employer, but not all. Simply put – you will do the best you can. At some point, you must accept the experience for what it is and move on.

Staying Positive When Facing the Unknown

What you need to know is that if you are able to stay positive, in the face of fear, competition, and the unknown – it shows! A good attitude is something that ALL employers appreciate. This is one assumption that we CAN make.

Don’t Over Think it

Feeling good about yourself through job loss or job transitions of any kind can be difficult. The last thing that you need to do is to over-analyze the process itself. Believe that the right job fit is out there for you and that it may take time to find it. Do the best you can and give yourself credit for forging ahead!
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