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10 Ways to Keep Up Your Morale
  1. Get into better physical condition
  2. Become an expert
  3. Do volunteer work
  4. Join a support group
  5. Listen to self-help tapes
  6. Don't get into a rut
  7. Give yourself time off
  8. Hang out with people who make you feel good
  9. Read Biographies of successful people
  10. Keep a journal

1. Get into better physical condition

Getting into a regular exercise routine. You'll radiate more energy. You'll project a more positive image during interviews. Being in good physical shape helps to minimize the psychological impact of stress.

2. Become an expert

To study something in depth, do it as a sideline and not in a way that interferes with you main tasks. Something that interests you and that you can get passionate about: opera, art, etc.
The point is to gain knowledge and insights that go beyond the superficial.

Becoming an expert not only bolsters your confidence but also keeps your mind active. It makes you more interesting in general and gives you a broader perspective beyond your job search.

3. Do volunteer work

There's no more effective way to take your mind off your own problems than to do something constructive for people whose problems are far worse than yours. Opportunties to make a difference in the lives of people in need are almost infinite.

Work them into your schedule.

4. Join a support group

Even if you don't need help, you might be able to help others, which is good for them and good for you.

5. Listen to self-help tapes

A steady diet of these tapes can be an effective antidote to the negative messages you may be sending to yourself.

6. Don't get into a rut (routine)

A routine is good thing to get into when you are looking for a job, but only if the routine is producing results.

If a routine isn't getting you to anywhere, change it. Change libraries. Get up an hour earlier every day. Listen to different radio stations.

7. Give yourself time off

Give yourself permission to designate at least one day on which you give yourself a mental vacation.

8. Hang out with people who make you feel good

Don't burden these people with your problems. Otherwise, they may not be too eager to hang out with you.

9. Read Biographies of successful people

Read how successful individuals 'failed' and how much rejection they experienced before they achieved success.

10. Keep a journal

Get into the habit of putting your thoughts down on paper for 10 to 15 mins a day. A journal is not a diary; It's not an hour-by-hour accounting of what you did, where you went, and whom you talked to. It's simply a mirror for your ideas and feelings, and it can be a catalyst for new ideas or approaches.

You don't have to worry about how interesting or compelling your ideas are. Write from the heart. Whatever you're feeling, write it down. You'll be surprised at how useful or at least calming this exercise can be.


Sources: Job Hunting for Dummies , 2nd Edition by Max Messmer, IDG Books Worldwide