Sometimes it can feel like you’re that guy from Greek mythology who has to try for all of eternity to roll a boulder up a hill only to watch it roll back down again. It makes you want to scream, throw up your hands and throw in the towel.
So how do you keep motivated? Well, you’ll be happy to know there are ways.
Here we’re going to explore a few of them to help you stay motivated to keep moving forward in job search attempts:
The 4 Best Ways To Stay Motivated During A Job Search
1. Visualize Success
Visualization is one of the most powerful techniques out there to be successful. Athletes use it all the time to get their job right. It has also been shown to work very well at motivating you and keeping you going.
For that reason, when you’re down instead of pushing on regardless, stop, drop what you’re doing and roll closed your eyes.
Then, try to imagine how it would be like to be successful.
You don’t want to do so abstractly either. You really want to get into the detail:
Where will you be? Who will be there? What will people say? What will it feel like when you get that dream job?
If you move through these scenarios in your head then you’ll know what you’re doing it for. Even better, you’ll get a mood bump which will shine through in whatever meetings, letters or calls you will be making – and that, in turn, will boost your chance of success.
2. Stop Looking at the Mountain
A journey doesn’t just start with a single step, as the famous saying goes, it continues with one as well. So stop focusing on that insurmountable mountain that’s ahead of you.
Instead, just focus on the next step.
For if you can ignore the step that came before and the step that will come after, you won’t be as overwhelmed. And then, before you know it, you’ll be where you want to be – with that job in hand and an exciting future ahead of you.
As an example, if you’re going to send out your CV to a bunch of companies, focus on the one you’re going to reach out to next and worry about the one you’re going to do after that after that.
3. Ask for Constructive Criticism
If you know other people who have been successful in their job hunt in a similar industry to yourself, then why not ask them for constructive criticism? See if they can’t give you a few ideas or suggestions about what you might change or where you might try to head next in your search for jobs.
Often, their suggestions can be invaluable. And armed with the new knowledge they provide you’ll both have a better chance to actually get a job offer as well as get a boost in motivation to keep you going.
Do note that you need to be careful about who you ask. Some people have no idea what they’re talking about and their advice can do more harm than good. Other people are unnecessarily critical and abrasive and asking them will sap your motivation instead of strengthen it. These types of people are best avoided.
Instead, focus on people who know what they’re doing because they’re professionals, like perhaps people who work in a resumes centre or who currently work in a similar industry and can actually be constructive in what they’ve got to say.
4. Treat it Like a Job
The final idea is to treat your job hunt like a job. That means two things.
- Get up in the morning, start the day like you would at a normal job and try to put in a normal set of hours. This will mean you’ll actually make serious progress in a day and you won’t get lazy.
- When you’ve been going for most of the week, take some time off. Doing so is incredibly useful. Getting away from your days hunting for work can be rejuvenating and can give you new insights and ideas you hadn’t considered. And these can make all the difference.
The biggest problem with losing your motivation? Jobs don’t come if you’re not looking for them.
And that means you can get stuck in a vicious spiral where you lose motivation because you’re not finding a job and you’re not finding a job because you’re not motivated. That can lead to all sorts of negative outcomes, from depression to feeling worthless.
For that reason, you have to push yourself to keep going as that is one of the only ways to dig yourself out of the de-motivated black hole of the long-term job search.
We hope now you're motivated to keep your job search efforts and eventually, land the right job for you.
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