Write Your Way To Greater Job-Search Energy, Confidence And Optimism In Five Minutes A Day


Writing for just a few minutes each day can have dramatic effects on your job-search. But not just any writing will do. To get the maximum benefit, try a gratitude journal.

Studies show that people who keep gratitude journals…

  1.     Are more likely to make progress toward goals.
  2.     Sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed.
  3.     Are less stressed out by everyday hassles.
  4.     Do more exercise.
  5.     Are more optimistic about their future.

You might be thinking, “Um, I don’t have a job, and you want me to say thank you?” That’s really the point. When you’re job searching, it’s easy to focus on the negative things — the resume you sent that didn’t get a response, the interview question you flubbed, the networking meeting you couldn’t get. A gratitude journal forces you to focus on the wins, however big or small, related or unrelated to your job search.

Just that small positive focus means you’ll have more energy to put into your job search, you won’t be as discouraged by little things that go wrong, and you’ll feel more confident about your chances of success. It’s a win-win-win.

If you’re sold on the concept but wondering what the heck you might write or how to get started, tune into my next post. I’ll share my favorite, uber-easy online gratitude journal and a few excerpts from my own.


Kelly Giles is a persuasion coach based in Durham, NC. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009 with degrees in journalism and psychology, she used Twitter to find her first job as a social media strategist. She delights in any project at the intersection of marketing, design and psychology. You can often find her creating compelling user experiences, crafting psychologically and visually appealing cover letters, or helping her sales friends figure out how to get on their prospects’ radar screens. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest!

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