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Job hunting getting you down? Don't lose confidence! Bayt.com presents you with 10 ways to avoid the job search doldrums and stay motivated and upbeat.

1. Recognize if you are in a slump

The first step to getting out of the doldrums is to recognize that you are indeed in a slump. If you are suffering from the jobseeker blues take the time out to re-energize and seek the focus, strength and inner peace you need to pursue your job search and get ahead with your career. Talk to people you trust and seek professional help if you need it.

2. Organize your day

Even if you are out of a job, structure your day with the same discipline as you would a work day. Lounging about the house being unproductive will not further your job search and will only feed your inertia and panic at being unemployed. Treat your job search as u would a full time job and approach it with the same vigor, organizational skills and discipline as you would a work day. Build into your day a multitude of tasks that will further your job search including networking activities, research activities, training activities, visits with your mentor, cold calls etc. Don't forget to document the results and make sure you stay on top of the follow-up. By organizing your week days in this strict disciplined manner you will maintain a feeling of control over the job search and lose the panic many jobseekers feel which is often directly attributed to the feeling of helplessness and loss of control over the course their life is taking.

3. Build a support network around you

Don't let negative types discourage or distract you from your job search. Instead, observe and learn from successful, happy professionals who are where you would like to be and enlist their support in getting there. Seek to surround yourself with encouraging upbeat people who will inspire and motivate you rather than bring you down. Enthusiasm is contagious and the more keen and confident those around you are, the more confident you will be in your strengths, abilities and marketability.

4. Stay motivated

Learn from the success stories of others and the advice of motivational experts how to stay motivated. Read motivational books and autobiographies from those who have made it in the industry or line of business you are targeting or those whose lives and successes have inspired you and motivated you to accomplish and succeed in the past. There are many best-selling highly effective motivational books that come with audiotapes and you can build into your daily routine listening to them even as you drive or engage in other important tasks.

5. Remind yourself of your past accomplishments

Often, it is easy to lose all confidence in yourself if your job search is extending itself indefinitely and there are no positive outcomes in sight. Whenever you think you have reached a dead end and your confidence in your abilities is waning, remind yourself of past successes even as you re-energize and rethink the strategy for your job search. Picture your last major success and remind yourself of how you got there and the feeling of euphoria that comes with a major accomplishment, then visualize yourself repeating that success in your new endeavors and outline a roadmap for getting there. You may want to keep a photo of yourself after that last accomplishment prominently displayed or on you at all times to remind yourself constantly of your capabilities.

6. Learn a new skill

Use this time in between jobs to learn a new skill. You may want to attend a course or read books that deal specifically with certain aspects of the job search such as interviewing skills, writing a CV, networking; or you may want to work on other areas you would like to develop whether it be confidence building, public speaking, sales, managing a team, getting along with peers, maintaining a work/life balance or just succeeding in life in general. You may also have technical skills related to your chosen industry that you need to fine-tune or have always wanted to acquire; use this time in between jobs to gain these skills and include them on your CV once you have.

7. Reward yourself for achieving short term goals

Don't dwell on the downside. Set realistic short-term goals that advance your long-term objectives and on a daily basis revisit and reward yourself for your positive accomplishments for the day. These goals may include a specific number of CVs sent out, interviews gained, cold calls made, new skills acquired, professional books completed etc. Make sure your goals are reasonable and focus on achieving them one goal at a time.

8. Do some volunteer work

Volunteering is one way to feel more useful, widen your all-important networking circle and in some cases, beef up your CV. You will enjoy the learning that comes with a new activity as well as the immense sense of satisfaction that comes with helping others if you are involved in charitable works.

9. Count your blessings

No matter how strenuous and uphill the job search may be remember your blessings in other areas of your life and be thankful. Keep things in perspective at all times and don't lose sight of your successes and accomplishments.

10. Don't lose balance

Include exercise and relaxation in your weekly schedule as well as other means to expend positive energy, let off steam and indulge in activities you enjoy. Whether it's a daily 30 minute walk around the block, an hour of power yoga, cycling with the kids after school or an hour looking after the daffodils and hydrangea in the kitchen garden, don't lose sight of the activities that you enjoy best and that maintain a critical balance in your life.

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1. Abdul Muiz MuizThis 10 ways are really useful to keep up to reach the daily life challenges thanks to the Bayt team.
Tue 06-May-2014 07:40 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
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18. SHAWKI ABDULLAHاشكركم جزيل الشكر على كل المعلومات المقدمة والتي بالفعل تبعث على التحلي بروح الصبر وعدم اليأس . لطالما بحثت عن موقع يعطيني الفائدة والحمد لله وجدته عندكم مع فائق احترامي لكل العاملين في هذا الموقع المميز
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22. ChinnappaReddy YeddulaWell said , these 10 ways boosted up my morales when I am in low spirits as an unemployed.
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26. عمرو عادل عبد العال على عيدالله يعطيكم العافيه واتمنى لكم دوام التوفيق والحمدلله رب العالمين و شكرا
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29. احمد سليمانشكرا لكم علي هذه النصائح الرائعه ولعل الله يجعلكم سبب في كل ماهو خير اتمني لكم ولنا وللجميع التوفيق
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30. احمد يونس عبدالرحيم عبداللطيف البدهليعدة نصائح جيدة جدااالسلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته الشكر لكم على هاته النصائح المهمة
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32. Maria Noella FloresThese tips are surely helpful in a lot of ways. Keep it up bayt.com. I will keep these handy. =)
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33. سماهر المهديالحمدالله ما زل الامل موجود في الحصول على وظيفة وابتسامتي لا تفارق شفتي
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45. Tamer El GiundiVery useful. Keep on the good work
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46. ABDUL KHADAR MOHDgood steps 4 job seekers
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47. المهندس / عبدالله اليوسف الغرباويننتظر منكم دائما الافضل وشكرا لكم
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51. Ahmed mohmedعدة نصائح جيدة جداا
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52. Alexander Arcalavery uplifting, thanks to Bayt team for coming up with tips like this. keep it up!!!!!!
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53. سهام بووردةالسلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته الشكر لكم على هاته النصائح المهمة
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54. Alaa Shinawithank you for the great tips!
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55. RAVEENDRA NADH DOKKAThese 10 ways are really appreciable and highly motivating. All working employees or unemployed must put them in practice on daily basis to achieve one's carrer goal... Hats off to Bayt team for publishing these tips and we expect such motivative tips more and more in future..
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