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Ways To Stay Positive In Your Job Search

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SEATTLE, WA -- As any job-seeker over the last year can tell you, there comes a point when you hit a wall. There is usually a burst of activity in the first few weeks as networks are built up and resumes are updated. Then, by around the third month or so, fatigue begins to set in. After the inevitable dead ends, it begins to sink in that the average time it takes to find a new job in this economy is about six months--and you're only halfway there.

But another truth about searching for jobs is that confidence is everything in this game. If you don't believe you're ever going to get a job, no one is going to want to take a chance on hiring you. Giving in to the depression some people feel after an extended job search will only guarantee that your unemployment will continue. To help keep up this difficult balancing act, here are a few tips to ensure that your mind is in the right place.

Do things that make you feel good about yourself. Make a list of your favorite qualities. Aim for tangible results. Surround yourself with supportive people. Reward yourself. Each day, the brain needs to download the stress that builds up. Be sure to take some time to unwind. Don't hide your feelings. It's one thing to be optimistic; it's quite another to blind yourself with an unrealistic attitude. If you diligently follow the above suggestions, you can count on tomorrow to be better.

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