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Keeping Your Spirits Up in a Tough Job Search Environment

No matter how youíve become unemployed over the past year or more Ė whether through choice or force Ė if youíre looking to regain employment, this is a tough time to make your dream a reality. With millions of jobs lost in the past few months, acquiring a new gig is not a simple task.

In fact, the process can be downright discouraging, which is why itís good to have a few ways that you can keep your spirits up during your job search. Letís look at what they are.

Maintain Your Sense of Control

One reason that job searches can be so discouraging is because they seemingly force you to relinquish your control. Once you type up your resumes and cover letters and hand them out, youíre left to bite your nails as you wait for interviews to flood in. But even if you secure one interview, youíre still left with the task of biting your nails some more as you wait to see if youíve actually landed the position you want.

These aspects of the process make you feel that youíre leaving your destiny completely in someone elseís hands. In a sense, you are. But in a greater sense, youíre not. If you think about it, youíre leaving your destiny with that company in someone elseís hands, but there are plenty of other opportunities out that that you can grab. So as you hand out your resumes and cover letters, itís good to maintain a sense of control by creating new connections and educating yourself further in your industry. This way, you can feel confident that one battle lost will by no means cost you the war.

Learn to Appreciate the Journey

Probably one of the most challenging aspects of a difficult job search is appreciating the steps taken along the way. Itís pretty easy to slip into an attitude of dismay as you watch yourself being turned down for more positions than you could have imagined possible. However, believe it or not, itís just as easy in this circumstance to see the glass half full as it is to see it half empty. In other words, you can just as easily see the positives of being in this predicament.

What are they, you ask? Well, for one, you have more freedom now than youíve probably had in a long time; freedom that you probably begged for when you were leading your busy life as a professional. Now you have it, so itís good not to waste it. During this time, you can look at other opportunities that you may have considered engaging but were too busy to do so when working. Also, you can make time for your family and leisurely activities. Donít let this time get you down. Instead, let it help you grow even more profoundly into the person you want to be.

Probably one of the most important ways to keep your spirits up is to be proud of your ability to persevere in tough times. You are stronger than you could have ever imagined. Embrace this incredible aspect of your personality. This, along with your gifts of appreciation and emotional stability will help you make the most of your journey toward your next great opportunity.

- Heather Eagar

Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer and is passionate about providing working professionals with current, reliable and effective job search tools and information. Compare the top resume writers in the industry at