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It is easy to become frustrated or disheartened during a job search, particularly if you’ve been unemployed or job hunting for an extended period.

However, it is important to try to remain positive throughout.

Feeling positive will help motivate you to continue with your search.
Also, your positive attitude will come across during interviews and networking opportunities, increasing your chances of making a strong first impression.

Here are 4 tips to help you stay positive during a Job Search

1. Find Time to Not Think About Your Job Search

It’s easy to have your job search always in the back of your mind.

However, excessive worry about your job search only increases your stress and keeps you from enjoying other aspects of your life.

Set aside time each day to forget about your job search and do something you enjoy, like going for a walk or to the gym (exercise is an important way to de-stress!) or going or a movie.

2. Focus on Your Positives

When job searching, it is useful to make a list of your best qualities, skills, and accomplishments. This list will help you when crafting your cover letters and when practicing for an interview.

Keep this list where you can see it, and review it regularly.
Remembering what makes you a successful job candidate and a talented, unique person will help boost your confidence during the job search process.

3. Set Reasonable, Concrete Goals

At the start of each week, make a list of specific, manageable goals that you would like to achieve.

Perhaps you’d like to write five cover letters that week or go to three job fairs.

By focusing on small, achievable goals, you will feel more accomplished throughout your job search.

4. Celebrate Small Victories

It is easy to focus on the negative during a job search, such as the interview you didn’t land or the job you didn’t get. Instead, focus on even the smallest wins.

Be proud of yourself for getting a phone interview, even if you don’t get asked for an in-person interview.

Pat yourself on the back when you make a new LinkedIn connection or someone comments on your blog post.

Celebrating small wins will help you to focus on the positive.

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Why You’re Not Getting Promoted

It can be frustrating doing your best every day at work, without getting any recognition or appropriate pay raise.

Here are some reasons why you’re not being promoted at work and tips on how to rectify the situation.

1. You lack enthusiasm for your current job.
Always show that you love your job.
Be enthusiastic.

2. Are You owning projects assigned to you end-to-end?
You might not think it’s your job but if you’ve been assigned a project or some work – OWN IT!
(Bonus: This will go to prove that you are a trusted pair of hands!)

3. Are you discussing what you’re working on enough?
You don’t always have to blow your own trumpet.
To be honest, quite often if you discuss what you’re finding challenging on your current project, it goes a long way in showing your passion for the job.
Show your work (so to speak). I’m finding it difficult to get someone to take ownership of this work once it goes into BAU. I’m thinking of solving this by doing X, Y & Z.
This is way better than always saying how great you are. This goes to show you’re a problem solver and a team player. Now, who wouldn’t want to promote such an asset?

4 You’re not a team player.
This one works both ways.
See if your colleagues need any help with their projects AND see if any of your colleagues can help you with your projects.
When your manager sees you doing this, they will recognize that you are fostering collaboration, and knowledge sharing and ensuring there’s not a single point of failure.
Win. Win. Win.

5 Are you just not that well-liked?
This one is probably the harshest tip, but you are not going to be promoted if you’re not well-liked amongst your colleagues.
Leaders see more than what you think and promoting someone who is not well-liked will cause them a lot of pain with their team in the long run.
Start thinking about your behaviour and how you position yourself at work.

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Ever felt a lack of confidence at work?
Would it not be helpful if you could boost confidence in your skills and abilities in the workplace?
Here are some tips you can use at work to boost confidence in yourself.