8 Ways to Stay Patient During Your Job Search

By Alyssa Laffitte on October 13, 2017

Job searches can be stressful. Some people get lucky and find jobs quickly, but what do you do when that’s not you? What do you do when you’ve applied to a ton of jobs and haven’t heard anything back? It’s difficult to stay patient when your job search isn’t going well, but it’s still possible!

Here are eight ways to stay patient during your job search.

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1. Find a place to volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to spend your time. Look up causes that you are passionate about and see if they need volunteers. There’s always a demand for volunteers, so you’re bound to find someplace to lend your services to. Volunteering is not only a good way to spend your time but it will also make you feel great knowing that you’re spending your time helping others.

2. Work on your hobbies

Working on your hobbies is another great way to spend your time. Once you get that job, you won’t have as much time to dedicate to your hobbies, so take advantage now and spend time doing something you love. Are you into writing? Start a blog! Are you a talented artist? Continue to make beautiful art! These things will help you balance your busy job search with something you love and that will calm you down.

3. Pick up a new skill or hobby

With all the knowledge we have available at our fingertips these days, it’s easy to pick up a new hobby or a skill. So, if there’s a language or a skill you want to learn, look up tutorials on YouTube (or anywhere on the Internet) or read a book on the subject. You might even be able to add your new skill to your resume.

4. Keep track of your job search

Keep track of the places you’ve already applied to, the places you want to apply to, and the dates you sent your information in. This will help you keep your job search organized. On this list, you can also write down the names of any people at those companies you’ve spoken to and the dates they interviewed you. (This will come in handy when you’re being interviewed by multiple companies and you don’t know to whom/where to send the “thank you” card!) Having things organized in one central place will make your job search much easier.

5. Keep a routine

Keeping a routine, even when you are not working, is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Wake up at a reasonable time, take a lunch break, and then stop in the evening. This will ensure that you take a break from your job search activities and that you have time to de-stress.

6. Find other ways to bring in a little income

You might be a little tight financially until you finally get that job, so it will definitely help if you can bring in some extra money. For example, you can use the hobbies that I mentioned earlier in this post to make money. If you’re the talented artist, start selling your art and accepting commissions for work. You can also hold a yard sale to not only make money but to get rid of things you don’t need anymore. Babysitting, pet sitting, or tutoring are other great options to make a quick buck. This extra money will definitely come in handy.

7. Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when your job search is not going well. Don’t let the stress get you down. Don’t get caught up thinking about the things you can’t control, because that won’t help anything. Instead, focus on the things you can control. Focus on doing your best on your interviews and keeping yourself healthy, the rest will follow.

8. Do not give up!

The key to this job search is patience. I know it’s discouraging to work so hard on finding a job and not seeing results. But don’t give up! Keep up the hard work and stay positive.

Good luck with your job search!

22, ISFJ. Biology student. College lifestyle blogger. Avid reader and writer. Dog lover. Nerd. Boyband enthusiast. Superhero in training. Here to help you become the best you can be!

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