The job search can take a long time in some cases, but the length of time you've put into it or the level of success you've found so far shouldn't overshadow the extent of your efforts so far. There are ways you can reassess your job search that can help your approach, and remaining focused on long-term prospects will help you out much more as time goes on.
According to The Portsmouth Herald, remaining positive in your search can be one of the best things you can do. No matter what may get you down over time, if you remember your positive abilities and skills and continue working to improve yourself, you're going to find that things will be much easier than if you entertain the alternative. Getting down on yourself will likely only have the effect of harming your long-term efforts, as you'll be too distracted to put your best foot forward.
It's also important to remain consistent and persistent in your efforts. There's a difference between applying to a dream job and really striving to land the job. Don't just send in your application and assume that's enough to land the position. Work to contact hiring managers, look for connections or referrals who can help you leapfrog some of the competition, keep working on personal projects and educational efforts you're undergoing. All of this will show your potential bosses that you'll be an asset to their teams, and may help you land a better position than what you might otherwise expect.
The news source also suggested that no matter how a specific day goes, you always strive to remain progressive in your approach to various job-hunting duties. Even if a specific day isn't going well, make sure you do something that shows your effort. This can be something small, like sending out a single application or writing a blog post about a recent experience and your expectations for the future. It can also be bigger - meeting with a friend, family member, colleague or recruiting expert for improved networking ability, for instance. Over time, if you look back at these results, you'll likely feel more invigorated and ready for your next challenge. Moving forward will help you make sure your future efforts are successful, and over time keeping track of them will likely be a reliable source of optimism.
Forbes wrote that in some situations, you may want to go out of your way and try a new approach to your job search. One possibility comes from looking for, and applying to, jobs from different sources. Working with a recruiting agency is one great example of these improvements, as you can gain insight into how your current resumes and cover letters may read to a given hiring manager. From there, you can take that information and improve the quality of future efforts.
In addition, Forbes added that you never need to worry about falling behind in the search or try to be perfect. Doing so can distract you from bigger-picture issues that can arise over time if you fret about these issues. All it takes is one hiring manager to like your application for the search to be over - focus on being yourself, and being the best candidate you can be, over a focus on being "perfect." There's no such thing as falling behind, either, as long as you're consistent and try hard in your current application attempts. Few people are hired at the beginning of their searches - keep that in mind and stay positive.