By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

Whatever the reason for your job search, staying positive during the hunt is a critical component to finding the right one for you!

Job hunting can be a stressful time for anyone and the long process can easily get you down. A job search is more than setting goals and picking out the right interview answers; it is also about your personal well-being during the job hunt.

We have some tips for maintaining positivity during your job search!

State of Mind

Positivity is all about state of mind and the way you approach your job search will make all the difference in the world.

Perceiving a job search as an opportunity rather than a burden means you’ll work harder to ensure you’re putting yourself into the right position for success. This search is an opportunity to find your dream job and pursue the goals you’ve always wanted to achieve. Remember, you are giving yourself opportunities every time you make a phone call, send in a resume, or submit an application. Look for opportunities everywhere; in your interesting connections, at businesses you love to frequent, and in your own passions.


Even if you don’t get the job at a company you had an interview with, you’ve met executives from that company. Most industries are actually very small and companies know their competitors and the key people at those companies. The connections you make during a job search are useful to you depending on the job you do end up taking. Ensuring your interview and follow-ups are positive experiences could create a solid connection in your industry that will come in handy later!

Support System

We all need people in our corner rooting for us.

Friends and family show you how much you mean to them when you need them and leaning on your support system during a job search can have a huge impact on your state of mind.  Communicating your job search struggles makes them seem less daunting.

Talking out an interview strategy will help make you feel more confident when you go into the interview.

Stay Healthy

Take care of yourself! While a job search can be stressful, this is no time to let your healthy habits slip.

Ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Well rested individuals are at the top of their game and are less likely to make little mistakes that can come with a tired brain.

Exercise is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle and it can help burn off nervous energy before an interview or when you’re laying in bed trying to fall asleep after sending in a resume


All the things that can help keep your state of mind positive are great mood boosters during a job search.

If your job search is getting you down, turn to one of the things proven to make you happy.

You will find the job of your dreams and all the hard work will be well worth it!

Let’s get to work!

– Linda

If you have questions about your executive career search, please contact me at 203-323-9977 or [email protected]