It's not all your fault
Most of what's going wrong with your job search probably has nothing to do with your professional performance. In fact, most of it is out of your control, stuff like:
- The national and global economy
- Industry shifts
- Unforeseen personal and public disasters
Despite all that's beyond your control, there are steps you can take to make the best of things, in addition to looking for a job. Here's a list of ideas, which I bet you can add to:
- Be generous. Give your time and money if possible to causes you believe in. If you don't have time or money, be generous with your kindness. Even a smile can lift someone you meet, and will add a little sunshine to your day.
- Stay involved. Keep up on your professional and personal passions by volunteering, reading, discussing, and networking about things you sincerely care about. It's important to have a sense of purpose.
- Nurture community. Spend quality time with your family, friends, and associates, realizing that these are difficult times for most people. Your circle needs you, and you'll gain benefit from their company as well.
- Be a teacher. Find someone who could benefit from your knowledge or expertise, and mentor him. You'll not only enrich his life, you'll build your self-confidence.
- Be a student. Find something you want to learn and go about doing just that. Whether you do independent research, attend a class, or invite a mentor into your life, learning will keep your spirits up.
- Get outside. Even a short walk in the park, trip downtown, or drive in the country can expand your perspective. By looking outside your immediate world, you'll see your problems aren't the only reality. There are things to smile about, be grateful for, and look forward to. It's the old "glass half empty or full" concept.