Let's face it: looking for a job can be very challenging. And staying motivated during a frustrating job search can seem impossible.
It's natural to feel down in dumps when you're struggling to find a new job, but prolonged exasperation can pull you into a downward spiral from which it may be hard to bounce back.
So how can you get past those feelings? Here are a few job search motivation tips to help perk you!
Have a plan.
Before you begin your job search, you should have a clear idea of what sort of role / company you're actually looking for. What are your red lines? Are you casting your net as wide as possible, or staying within a very specific niche? Asking yourself these questions will help to keep you relaxed when things get a little crazy and disjointed.
Bringing some structure to your job search allows you to control the controllable and helps you to stay focused.
Be around people that inspire you.
It's never a good feeling when a job application is met with rejection. If this happens multiple times, your confidence may start to dwindle.
When you're feeling low, it may help to surround yourself with positivity. One way to do this is to make an effort to meet up with positive influences in your life. These can be family members, friends, or industry colleagues who'll help you to stay on track and not get too disheartened when things aren't going your way.
Remind yourself of your achievements.
When faced with rejection, we often start to feel as if we're not good enough and question our own value. An excellent way to overcome this feeling is to remind yourself of all the great things that you have accomplished in your work life. These can be small things, such as positive comments from former clients or praise-filled emails from an ex-boss, or they can be more formal milestones like certificates and awards you've received.
Create a collection of all these positive reminders to keep yourself motivated.
Helping others is another fantastic way to raise your motivation levels during a job search. This may sound a little cheesy, but it's easier to feel happy when you're providing happiness to others - whether that's in a volunteering space, mentoring somebody, or just helping out some friend who can't help themselves.
Don't be too hard on yourself.
This is probably the most important tip to remember when you're going through a tough job hunt. Be kind to yourself. Remind yourself that there are tonnes of talented people in the world who are in the exact same position as you who are, also struggling - you are not on your own.
Your lack of success isn't your fault, and you need to just keep on trying.
Take in some motivational material.
Stay motivated by reading and listening to motivational material! Subscribe to motivational blogs and podcasts to keep your positive energy levels high, and keep up-to-date with essential industry news so that you are staying on top of your game and are constantly learning. This will give you the little bursts of drive that you need to keep your job search going!
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