The emotional toll of a job search can be disheartening, even for the most seasoned professional. From being out of work longer than anticipated to being rejected for a position to not getting called back for interviews, searching for a job can seem like an endless gauntlet of rejection.
"As a recruiter, I see the emotional toll a job search can take on candidates -- rookies and seasoned job seekers alike. It can be tough to keep your spirits up. Fading confidence, a down mood or a crushed spirit can negatively affect how recruiters and potential employers perceive you," says Sarah Connors, principal staffing manager, Human Resources Contract Staffing for executive search and consulting firm WinterWyman. But there are steps you can take as a job seeker to stay strong, focused and positive during a job search, she says.