City : Motivation Turbine : 10 Negative Habits To Avoid

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positive.gifYou should try and stay positive in your job hunt, so it is vital to take steps to help yourself if you feel you are becoming negative and depressed. Here are the top ten negative habits you should avoid.

  • Getting up late

    alarm-clock.gifTreat this like a full time job. Get up at 8am and aim to start job hunting at 9am. Getting up late will leave you feeling grumpy and lazy. The morning is the most productive part of the day so make the most of it!

    Also don’t forget that when you do get a job you will have to be able to get up in time to get into the workplace, so it's a good idea to start getting used to it now!

  • Going to bed late

    smiley-face.gifGetting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things that you can do when you are job hunting. Lack of sleep will leave you grumpy and stressed so make sure you get 7 or 8 hours sleep a night.

  • Not leaving the house all day

    It may seem like a good idea to stay in the house all day doing job applications, but you have to have a break, both from the job hunting and your house!

    Staying in will make you get stressed and unproductive, so if you want to make the most of tomorrow be sensible about what you do today. Go out and get some fresh air, plan an activity or get involved in a hobby (there’s information on that on the Find a Passion floor of this building)

  • Never Having a Treat

    clock.gifYou need to have some time to recharge your batteries. Spending all day job hunting may sound like a good idea and make you feel really good about yourself but it’s not realistic.

    You have to give yourself something to else to take your mind of job hunting because it can get really tough! This could be anything from exercising to joining a club or getting a hobby.

    Remember that an hour doing something else will make the time you spend job hunting so much more productive!

  • Drinking too much

    If you are over 18 you may like to relax by going to the pub with mates or going out, and if you are sensible this can be a good way to unwind, but getting completely drunk will mean you are useless the next day and you will get behind in your applications.

    Save going out for Fridays and Saturdays!

  • Letting negative thoughts take over

    positive.gifDon’t let the negative thoughts get you down. While there's no way to stop having them, you can deal with them and prevent them from taking charge of your headspace.

    If you do get upset because you've had a rejection, remind yourself that there are loads more jobs and then think about what you can do to make sure you don’t feel like that in the future. Prepare more job applications and send them off, then give yourself a treat. Go out with friends who will make you feel better.

    Remember you don’t have to do this on your own!

    You should also have a listen to the podcasts on the NHS site on dealing with negative thoughts.

  • Putting yourself down

    Don’t focus on negative thoughts about yourself. Thoughts like ‘I’m not good enough’ and ‘I’ll never get a job’ are not only a waste of headspace, but also untrue!

    It is tough getting a job, but being hard on yourself is unfair to you and the people around you. So when you think something negative stop yourself and think of all the reasons why that’s not true. For every bad thought, try writing down at least two good thoughts about yourself, and come back to these if you feel down again. Ask your loved ones to help keep you positive.

  • Giving up

    It is so easy to give up when you get a few rejections, but you won't get a job that way. You have to keep trying. If you feel like giving up then take a break, talk to a friend and do something different for an hour or two to get you back on track.

  • Trying to do it alone

    mentor.gifYou might feel like it’s you against the world, but there are so many people who want to help you. This could be your friends, family, job advisor or a job club. 

    Tell your family what you are doing, they will want to know and help you but they can only do that if you talk to them. You will get more done and enjoy job hunting a lot more if you have support.

  • Wasting time

    Wasting time is the most common mistake of people job hunting, or working on any task at all.

    Spending 45 minutes on Facebook and 15 on a job board does not mean you’ve done an hour of job hunting!  Don't fall into the same trap as this Twitter user...


    You have to be strict with yourself. If your timetable says to write a job application for an hour then do just that for an hour; you can browse other sites and social media in your breaks.

    Of course, people are different and may need a different approach. Some people find breaking their hour down into 15 minute intervals helps them to be productive. For every 15 minutes of focused job search, reward yourself with 5 minutes of social media scrolling, or a short YouTube video, before getting into the next 15 minute slot.

    Check out this site for advice on how to stop wasting time.

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