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Keeping your glass half full

Unemployment can be a downward cycle if you let it get to you. By staying positive you’ll be a much more attractive employee. Here are some great ways to keep your glass half full (not half empty) and tackle your job hunt in the right frame of mind.

Avoid being a ‘victim’

Perhaps it was someone else’s fault that you lost your job, but wallowing in self pity won’t get you anywhere. Create a list of the positives, ie, skills and learnings you gained from your previous job. Treat these as stepping stones for that next role.

Turn any negative experiences you have into positive, eg, if your previous boss was tough to deal with, then see yourself as having the skills to deal with difficult people. Be kind to yourself and focus on the good stuff.

Treat every day like a new opportunity

You now have the time to consider what it is you really want to do, not all of us have the luxury of time. Perhaps it’s time to upskill or study? Open your eyes to new experiences and jobs you might not have normally considered and you may end up doing something you really love. 

Show the world, including your family and friends, that you have the character to get back on the horse. Unemployment is a tough story to tell at a BBQ, but the story of how you got your new job can be a triumph. When you treat your situation positively, your optimism will be evident and you’ll come across well to potential employers when you do get that next job interview.

Make confident choices and stay busy

You are the one who gets to call the shots on the jobs you apply for. Feel confident in the decisions you’re making.

While you’re looking for work, you could volunteer for an organisation or help out a friend or family member in need. These are ways to keep your outlook positive.

Know that you have support

Talk to your friends and family about how you are feeling – sometimes it’s embarrassing to reach out but, trust us, you’ll feel better after you do. MAX Connect is here to help too whenever you need us.  

Finding your way through the job search maze can be hard, but attitude is everything. Stay positive and you’ll get there. Employment is just around the corner!

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Finding your way through the job search maze can be hard, but attitude is everything. Stay positive and you’ll get there.


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