Let’s be honest, the job search is no easy task. There are factors that play into being the right candidate or finding the ‘perfect’ job but staying positive through the job search process can be difficult.

Staying positive through the job search

Job searching can bring out a lot of emotions. Many times, the job search process can feel like it’s dragging on and become a bit discouraging. While it’s easy to let it bring you down, there are tips to keep you positive the whole way through.

Focus on things you can control: This is easier said than done but take time to recognize the things you can control. You aren’t able to influence every aspect of the job search but focus your energy on things you can control. For example, pick up the phone and call the person you sent your resume to. Find people to connect with on LinkedIn who have jobs you want to pursue. Reach out to fellow colleagues and ask them for recommendations. Take a class to brush up on specific skills a position is looking for, etc. By pouring your energy into things you can control, you’re able to make moves that will propel you in the right direction of your career.

Be realistic: One of the hardest parts about a job search is the length of time it can take to land a position. According to Time.com, the average job search process takes just over six weeks. Depending on what level position you’re interviewing for can determine the length of time. The important thing to remember is, don’t get discouraged. It can take time to find the right position as well as the right candidate. Instead of feeling discouraged, remind yourself good things take time. This will keep you hopeful and on the right track to finding a position that is really what you want.

Celebrate small victories: It’s easy to dwell on the negatives during a drawn out job search but try to focus on even the smallest wins. From landing an interview to getting a call back, remind yourself of events that have moved your job search in the right direction. Celebrate those wins so you can continue to move towards your goals.

Connect with others: Feeling discouraged during a job search is normal. Talking about your experiences, hurdles, and small victories with others can help overcome discouragement. Reach out to friends or colleagues who have recently tackled a job search or consider a job search support group to connect with others who can relate and share similar experiences. Having others you can relate to will help you stay focused.

Stay physically and mentally fit: Stress can wear you down. It can drain you mentally and physically. During the job search it’s important to do things that make you happy and exercise on a consistent basis. Schedule time to take a walk, go outdoors, hit the gym, or any other activity that rejuvenates your mind and body.

The bottom line — it is easy to get discouraged during a job search, especially if it’s taking a while. There are a lot of factors that go into finding the right fit. Remember to celebrate small victories, connect with others, be realistic with goals, and ultimately focus on the things you can control. Practicing these tips will ensure you’re able to stay positive through the job search process and propel yourself in the direction of your goals.