How to Maintain a Positive Attitude While Unemployed

There’s no denying the devastating impact that losing a job can bring.  Besides the obvious financial stress, unemployment often impacts the way we feel about ourselves.  For many of us, the contributions we make from our work build our self-esteem. Work often provides us with a sense of purpose and a social support network.  It’s no wonder that people who are out of work find themselves feeling despondent and isolated.

Given all of this, maintaining a positive attitude can feel like an oxymoron. Staying positive is difficult, which is why keeping yourself uplifted during the job hunt needs to be a conscious effort.  

In my workbook, Maintaining a Positive Attitude While Unemployed: A Step by Step Guide to Staying Motivated During the Job Hunt, I address how to change negative self-talk to positive self-talk.  Some examples of negative self-talk might be:

  • “The employment situation is so bleak, I’ll never get a good job again.”
  • “I’ve been unemployed for 6 months.  I should have a job by now”.
  • “Everyone that I interview with is younger than me.  No one wants to hire anyone who is my age”.

To change your negative self-talk, you need to consciously develop a more positive response.  Here are suggestions for changing the statements above to more positive responses: 

  • Each day presents with new job opportunities.  My next job may be better than my last.
  • Because there are so many people looking for jobs, I need to be patient because it may take a while longer to find a job.  I am doing all I can every day to find a job.
  • I know I’m competing with people who are younger than me.  I have to show prospective employers what an advantage it can be to hire someone with my background and experience. 

The more you become aware of your negative self-talk and actively change these self-messages the more automatic the process will become.

For other techniques to stay motivated while job hunting, check out the workbook, Maintaining a Positive Attitude While Unemployed: a Step-by-Step Guide for Staying Motivated During the Job Hunt  at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.