What are ways to avoid getting discouraged while searching for a job as a software developer?
Do you have any programming side-projects? If not, I suggest starting one. You’ll learn a bunch, it will impress interviewers (and help you pull ahead of other candidates) and it will help you build confidence in your own skills.
When I’m hiring, I don’t want someone who’s good at interview questions: I want someone who has proved they can build things.