The secret to finding a new job? Keep your spirits up, even when faced with rejection or little feedback. Psychology Professor Ruth Kanfer just wrapped up a study that focused on motivation and discusses the findings.
The research shows that having a more positive, motivational outlook had a beneficial effect on job pursuit, especially at the outset of the search. However, the more important influence on maintaining one's job search activities and increasing the likelihood of landing employment was a person's ability to stay energized and keep negative emotions under control over time.
We also determined that effective self-management during a job search becomes more difficult over time. Searching for a job isn’t like learning a skill, where maintaining a positive attitude may be easier as you see improvement with effort. Beyond landing a job, you get almost no feedback on how you are doing or what you might do differently to improve your chance of finding a job. You submit resumes, make calls and get no feedback on your progress until you get a job.
To successfully sustain motivation over time, you need to become increasingly proactive. For example, candidates should seek increased social support and develop daily routines that can provide positive feedback and support positive attitudes toward the search.
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