Very few situations in life can hurt your confidence and self esteem as much as trying to find a job. It is extremely difficult to keep a positive attitude especially in the current economic environment.
The formal process of finding a new job may seem like it is draining the life out of you. It might seem as if it is taking the best parts of you away when you need them most. You cannot let this happen. Losing confidence did not happen in one day and it will not come back fully in a day either.
You need to take small steps each day toward your overall goal. Things will get better but until then, here are a few tips to keep you confident and strong.
Set daily and weekly goals for yourself. And achieve a majority of them. Prove to yourself each week that you are getting somewhere in your search.
Find a career expert. Connect with an employment expert who can help you through this process. A recruiter, career coach or resume writer can help a great deal. A certified recruiter will have the inside track on a companies hiring plan before they make it public knowledge or they will be able to market your skills to a company who has a current need.
Always be ready to interview. Stop thinking about the ways you have always done things and be open to new ideas and techniques. Research interview styles and prepare yourself with possible questions you could be asked.
Keep your mind sharp. Engage in activities which could expand your skills and value as a job applicant. Take a class or read a book on a skill that you have always wanted to add to your resume but never found the time earlier. This is a great time to do the things you have dreamed of.