10 Steps to Staying Positive

1. Assess the situation

Never take it personally. It's not what happens to you, it's what you do about it that counts.

2. Look for the silver lining

It's how you embrace rejection and uncertainty that will determine your future success.

3. Use empowering words in your self-talk

There is scientific evidence that 80 per cent of our day is self-talk. It stands to reason that if most of our self-talk is positive, we will act in a positive, it-can-be-done manner.

4. Personal strengths

List your past accomplishments and achievements. What are your transferable skills? You can use these strengths in your positive self-talk and during job interviews.

5. Ask for help

Don't be too proud to ask for help. Seek support from family, friends and co-workers. There will always be someone there to lend a hand.

6. Disciplined job search

Be disciplined and spend eight hours a day on your job search. A regular job search schedule will give you a sense of accomplishment.

7. Never stop learning

Take the opportunity to update your skills because education is the key to your future.

8. Build relationships

Keep in touch with your contacts, attend professional events, attend conferences or volunteer. Networking can open up a hidden job market.

9. Safeguard your health

Maintain a healthy diet and release your stress through exercise. If you've got a fit body you'll have a fit mind.

10. Be good to yourself

Reward yourself with special things to keep you motivated.