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JZ4377

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The Job search can be frustrating at times especially when you get the dreaded rejection letters without even receiving an interview. I read an article from this site today on Linkedin about happy people getting the job. I am usually a pleasant person most of the time, however during the job search times can become frustrating. How do you maintain the happy  attitude throughout this process? How do show the happy person you are if the hiring manager at a particular organization you applied simply bases their decision on your resume?
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An extended job search can be very frustrating and can take a major toll on your overall self-esteem and outlook on life. However, during an interview (or during the pre-interview steps of phone screens and talking with recruiters), it's important to project an attitude that reflects your optimism in obtaining a new position. I once had a manager who gave me this advice: "Fake it until you make it." While she was talking about moving up in the organization, this sage advice also applies to the job search. While it's probably difficult to put on a happy face while you have the current burden of unemployment, a positive attitude can put you ahead of some of the competition. The interview is much like dating in that the interviewer is evaluating you to see if he/she wants to spend more time with you. Human nature generally dictates that people want to be around people who are happy. As hard as it may be to put on a happy face, make the effort and you'll hopefully see a new job in your near future.
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JZ4377,

Thanks for sharing your issue. Before I got a job here at CAREEREALISM, I was unemployed for the whole summer. It was especially discouraging to see other people getting jobs over me, even after I thoroughly researched companies, reached out to employees, and found ways to stand out enough to get interviews. Staying positive certainly was tough, but all it takes is one thing to break your way for everything to change. I started a conversation with CAREEREALISM Founder J.T. O'Donnell that had nothing to do with getting a job, but because of my previous internship with her and my continual contact while adding value for her, she started a discussion that eventually led to a job offer.

You can definitely do the same. Keep your head up!

In the meantime, here are some posts that may help you both during and after your job search:
How To Be Happy And Stay Happy
3 Pre-interview Confidence Boosters
How To Use Your Fear To Build Your Self Esteem

If there's anything else we can do to help you, let us know! 

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Thank you both for your advice! Sometimes I feel like I am not doing enough because I am still currently working which is great but I am looking for a better opportunity in the e-learning industry. I am currently trying to put together a portfolio so hopefully once that comes together I'll be able to find something. I am also frustrated because I am currently in the process  of obtaining my master's degree in Instructional Technology Management and it seems like there are jobs out there but they want 5-7 years experience. 
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Hi JZ4377,

I'm a CAREEREALISM Career Expert, and I find my attitude starts to wane when my expectations are too high. As cliche as it sounds, the job search is a marathon and not a sprint. It might take 6 -9 months to find a new job and so the first successful submission and invitation to interview might take 2 months. Doubt replaces excitement, and it's an easy place to live when frustration sets in. Try to remember that Rome wasn't built in a day, and it may take some time before you see the fruits of your labor but you are making moves...Keep Going!

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Thank you all for your suggestions! I agree with the point about doubt Michael. I feel frustrated because I really want to get a new job so I can finally leave the place I am currently working at. Its frustrating because I go every day and I do not feel like I am making any progress. I have applied to a few places via Linkedin and other job boards like ASTD's Job bank and Higheredjobs. com. I am trying to get back into Training/ Instructional design. I am not sure how to market myself in the field of Instructional design because I do not have any experience in it except for projects I am doing for school. I just recently started a website using google sites to promote myself along with my linkedinprofile I don't know if I am doing enough. It gets frustrating at times because I feel like spending time on Linkedin isn't getting me anywhere. Any suggestions on how to Market myself better?

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 Joshua
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