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What It Takes to Form a Successful Job Search Mindset

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

As with most things in life, much of your job search success depends on your mindset. Many people have had a tough couple of years due to the pandemic, so now is as good a time as any to do a mindset overhaul. Fortunately, there are concrete steps you can take to help you form a successful job search mindset. Here are a few ways you can get started.

Be dedicated to improving yourself. One way to help your job search mindset is to focus on yourself. Monitor your negative self-talk because there is ultimately no positive outcome from it. Stay away from ruminating over what you’ve done wrong in the past or how your job search has previously failed. How much effort you put into self-improvement, such as pursuing courses in your field or learning how to better organize your time, is totally in your control. That should give you a sense of determining your destiny and the outcome of your job search.

Be willing to devote your time. Realistically, the ideal job won’t fall into your lap, so it’s best to prepare yourself to spend some time on your job search. If you get into the mindset that finding a new job won’t happen overnight, or even getting an interview for a job may take a while, you’ll do yourself a favor. Even better, think of the time you’re devoting to your job search as investing in your future and your happiness rather than drudgery. says about the time involved, “You must find a way to carve out 10 to 15 hours each week to invest in your future. Because that's what it is: an investment.”

Understand your motivation. It helps your job search mindset if you are in touch with the real reason why you’re looking for a new job. Is it simply because of increased pay or do you feel a calling to a different career field? Do you need to have better benefits for your family or are you merely bored and need a more challenging position? As you narrow in on the core reason you’re searching for a new job, it’ll help set your mindset to a more positive place because you’ll be working towards your goals.

One of the most frustrating parts of the job search is just how long it takes. If you’re lucky, you’ll fall right into a new position, but most people experience more frustration than that. Focusing on having a good mindset puts the responsibility back in your court to find the positivity in the experience. Look for growth opportunities because these can only serve you as you do land interviews and can even tell your interviewer about how you’ve been able to stay motivated.

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