With the current state of the economy, there are more and more people looking for work.  Everyone at one time or another has been there, looking for their next job.

The key is to stay positive during the process and know that your next job is out there, you just have to keep your head up and continue to believe in yourself.  That can be easier said than done, so here are 5 ways that will hopefully help you do just that.

Tip # 1: Don’t blame yourself

As long as you are working consistently to find employment, don’t fall into the trap that if you’re not successful, you have only yourself to blame. People are quick to tell us that if we just tried hard enough, we could achieve anything, but that is not always true. If their words of encouragement aren’t helping you, let them know what you need most from them. Perhaps you want them to understand how hard you are working, that the best way for you to deal with your frustration is to let it out from time to time, and you need for them to believe in you, that your inability to land a job doesn’t mean that you don’t have valuable skills.

Tip # 2: Taking a realistic approach can help too

It’s hard to keep up your positive feelings when you apply for your dream job, only to find out that you are competing with over a hundred other qualified applicants. Being positive seems unrealistic, so why not acknowledge that your chances of landing the job are small. Such an attitude can help you let go of your anxiety and excessive ruminations, allowing you to take some risks. For example, a friend of mine, who felt she had nothing to lose by acting outside of the box, included in her application a mock newspaper article she had crafted, detailing her future accomplishments should she land the job. And they hired her.

Tip #3: Surround yourself with others in your predicament

Nothing helps you feel like you’re not alone than by being around other people who are struggling with the same issues. Meeting regularly with others will not only help you increase your network (more on that later), but lend reassurance that there is nothing wrong with you, and that you are not to blame for your difficulties.