THE changes and difficulties the world economies are experiencing are unprecedented.

It is therefore a very challenging time for job seekers all over the world. In such a situation, it is important to stay focused and not despair.

If you have prepared yourself well, both psychologically and practically, for your job search, you are sure to find a job sooner or later.

Be realistic with your expectations and be willing to accept any legitimate offer, regardless of what job you were doing before.

Work hard and persevere and you may be able to land your ideal job.

Amid your networking and job search, which is actually a full-time job, it is imperative that you stay positive and not lose your self-esteem and confidence. Here are some ways to feel good about yourself and help others too:

Give back

While you play the “waiting game” after submitting your application and waiting for an interview, use whatever time you have to volunteer your services, skills or experience to help others. For instance, you can:

* Donate your blood: Every 450ml of donated blood can potentially save up to three lives;

* Volunteer: Whether it is at an old folks’ home or a children’s orphanage, the inhabitants need a pair of listening ears or simply someone to interact with them.

* Help your alma mater: Help out in any way you can. Your alma mater will appreciate the extra assistance.

Remind yourself that it is better to give than to receive as this attitude will bring a smile to your face and help you to stay positive.

Connect with family

Remember the many days, weeks, months when you were so busy that you had little time to spend with your family?

Well, this is a great time to make up for lost time. Shop, watch movies and have leisurely meals with your family members. This will keep you from brooding and enable you to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Surround yourself with positive-thinking people, and stay clear away from those who moan and groan about how unfair the world is.

Polish your skills

If you play golf, work on improving on your handicap. If you jog or swim, psyche yourself to do that extra one lap or an additional 10 minutes on the treadmill.

You may be physically and mentally drained after a hard day’s networking and interviews, but resist the temptation to hit the sack when you reach home. Tell yourself that you will feel great after 30 minutes of exercise — and you truly will. Nothing beats working up a sweat!

Every achievement, however minor, will keep you going. Set minor milestones, and when you achieve them, celebrate, then move on to the next one.