Everyone feels down sometimes, but persistent feelings of discouragement can cripple your job search. If your resume wasn’t working you’d rewrite it. Your state of mind is even more important, so do something about it.
One or more of the following may help.
- Address your emotional issues. Brief therapy, also known as cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, is one of the most effective and affordable therapies. You may not even need to hire a therapist; save money by reading Rapid Relief from Emotional Distress: A New, Clinically Proven Method for Getting Over Depression & Other Emotional Problems Without Prolonged or Expensive Therapy. Published a long time ago, this book is a self-help classic that I’ve found extremely helpful in navigating the ups and downs of my own life.
- Exercise. As a mood lifter it’s been shown to be roughly as effective as antidepressants. It can also help you have more energy, look better and thus feel more confident.
- Get support by joining a job search group like EDD’s Experience Unlimited, or by meeting regularly with a buddy who has a similar goal. Having a regular opportunity to report on your accomplishments and share resources can be motivating.
- Collect recommendations and kudos. Reread any you already have, and request LinkedIn recommendations from past bosses, direct reports, business partners and other business contacts, or from professors or instructors if you’re a recent graduate. (If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, take a half hour right now and set it up, minimally. Then add more information later.) Receiving a recommendation feels great, not to mention that it impresses employers.
- Get around to a job search task you’ve been putting off, and then reward yourself by doing something you enjoy. Don’t skip that part.
- Start free-lancing, either in your own field or something else that will teach you some relevant skills. You’ll make a few bucks, make connections, gain some experience to fill the gap in your resume, and it may well help you get a new job.
Take care of yourself and persevere!