5 Tips to keep you motivated during your job search

Why is getting a new job so damn hard?  Why can’t it just be a simple easy process that is quick and rewarding?  Why do so many employers make the application process so unnecessarily long?  Couple this with rejection emails and not getting call backs from recruiters… Argh!  All this means that staying motivated during the hunt for a great new job is bordering on impossible.  The below 5 suggestions are recommendations that I give to my clients to help them stay on track during their job search.

1 – You need a routine

The very first thing I suggest doing is to set yourself up with a routine.  Then try to stick with it.  If you are consistent in your approach to your job search, and stick with the routine even on the days where you would rather watch Netflix, then you will have the satisfaction knowing that you are not missing out potential opportunities. I suggest blocking out dedicated job search time each day. You might like to try an app called forest (available in the App Store or get it on Google Play – https://www.forestapp.cc/).  This app helps you to stop procrastinating and stay focused on the task at hand.  I highly recommend it.  I also suggest blocking out time for exercise, self-care, lunch, etc so you are getting a balance of job search time and time to keep yourself well cared for.

2 – You need to remember who you are

Its easy to forget how awesome we are when we are faced with the stress of job search.  I have had many clients, friends and family who have been very demotivated after receiving rejection emails for great jobs.  The thing to remember is that we don’t know exactly why the company chose to go with another candidate (even if they have given you some feedback).  Maybe that candidate was more qualified or maybe that candidate was the CEO’s cousin.  It’s an unknown. To keep yourself motivated you need to remember who you are and what you have to offer to your next employer.  I always ask my clients to complete an activity on strengths where we identify their top behavioural traits, their best skills, the technology they are great at and how they will use these strengths to add value to their future employer. In times where they are lacking motivation I always invite them to read this list to remind themselves of just how amazing they are.  It’s an amazing confidence and motivational boost. 

3 – You need a cheer-squad

You need to find a job search cheer squad to help you when you need  a motivation boost.  This may be a friend who always has your back, a fellow job seeker who you share your highs and lows with or your dear mum.  You might even hire a career coach (like me) who will keep you focused on the positive, give you’re a morale boost and who will be your personal cheer-squad when you need it. 

4 – You need to take small steps

It’s such a cliché but when it comes to keeping motivated keeping your focus on taking small steps towards landing a great new job is much more rewarding then focusing on the fact that you don’t have a new job yet.  To help give the small steps focus, I suggest using a task list and then crossing off each task as you achieve them.  Seeing progress (no matter how small) is motivating for most of us.

5 – You need a break

During your job search there is a likely chance that you will simply just need a break.  This might mean slowing your job search for a day or going for a run.  Regardless, there will be times when the best thing to do is give yourself some time to get your head in the right space.  Taking a day or a week (or longer if you need) to feel more like your best self is only going to help you get your head in the job search game.  Remember, job search can be tough and what we need to do is be kind to ourselves. 

What have you done to keep motivated during your job search?  I’d love to hear from you. 

The Y Executive blog has lots of job search tips, information and guides to help you land a great new job.  Visit https://yexecutive.com/blog/ to read all about it 🙂

Skye London

Career Coach | Career development | Job Search

Skye London is Co-founder and Lead Career Coach at Y Executive. With a passion for coaching and extensive experience in all things recruitment Skye has developed a reputation as the go to person for help with your career.
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