The No.1 sign you’re in a bad place in your job search

Depending on your job search goals, there are a few warning signs you should look out for that indicate you’re in a bad place in your job search.

Looking for a new career can start with excitement, anticipation, and optimism but can quickly turn into a nightmare if you run into several rejections. 

There have been thousands of articles written about how to land your dream job. Whether it’s how to prepare for an interview or negotiate a potential benefits package, most articles focus on what to do to get the job. 

But what about when you have spent months jumping through hoops, completing online applications, and going through interview after interview?

There is a point when your mindset may actually be sabotaging your job acquisition chances. 

It’s natural for you to become jaded and desperate after several missed opportunities. The more rejection we face as humans, the more negative our overall mindset can become. 

If you find yourself not expecting to get the next job opportunity that comes your way, you’re already subconsciously sabotaging your chances. Mindset is much more important than many of us realize and can influence the overall outcome.

The number one sign you’re in a bad place is a negative mindset. 

What you can do to increase your chances of landing a job

There are several strategies to change your overall attitude and increase your chances of success in your job search. Use these tips to give yourself the best chance at success.

1. Start every day with gratitude

Each morning, start the day by focusing on things you are thankful for. Think about the blessings in your life and reflect on items in your life that make you happy. This is an excellent opportunity to start the day with a quick meditation, stretching, or exercise. These types of positive habits can quickly change your overall mentality and ability to achieve positive outcomes in your life.

2. Get enough sleep each night, but not too much

The National Sleep Foundation provides guidance for how much sleep we should get each night. Based on their research, adults between the age of 26 and 64 should get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Proper sleep can decrease depression and increase dopamine to improve your attitude. 

3. Eat healthy foods

The fuel you put into your body has a direct impact on your overall health and mood. When we become depressed and gloomy, our food choices can turn to foods that make us feel better but are less than healthy. Eating healthy foods instead of fast food can improve your mood and lead to a positive mindset.

4. Increase or start an exercise routine

Exercise is a direct contributor to our overall health and mood. However, when we become stuck in a rut, it’s often difficult to start a workout routine. If we can force ourselves to be uncomfortable for the short term while starting an exercise program, we will benefit in the long term with an improved mood and a healthier lifestyle. 

The improved health and wellness from regular exercise will also give us a better opportunity to land a job.

Change your life for the better

If you find yourself thinking you probably won’t get the next job you apply for, more than likely, you are correct. Positive thoughts and affirmations lead to positive results in your life.

Focus on improving your overall health and wellness to improve your mood and general mindset to give yourself the best chance of success.