How to keep motivated during your job search

Looking for a new job can be a long and labour-intensive process, full of highs and lows. It’s important to keep your motivation levels up but that’s often easier said than done when you’re feeling a little knocked back throughout your job search.

Here are our tried and tested tips for not losing your motivation:

Think outside the square
Is there a position below your ideal job that could open some doors, provide vital experience, and give you the chance to get yourself noticed? Or could you gain relevant industry experience working in a temporary role at a similar organisation?

Set goals
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try setting yourself a couple of realistic goals that can be ticked off each day. Make sure these goals are attainable. For example, you could set yourself the task of connecting with two new relevant contacts every day through LinkedIn or submitting one new tailored application each week.

Ask for Feedback
It can be frustrating when you have an application rejected but you don’t know why. If this has happened to you and you aren’t getting the feedback you need why not ask your recruiter, mentors, ex Managers or colleagues, for their input. Identify where you might be struggling in the process (CV, interviews, personal brand) and ask for some brutal honesty.

Look for inspiration in others

You’ll find most successful people have come up against setbacks along the way. So, when you’re finding it hard to stay motivated, have a look at the journeys of those that you find most inspirational. Chances are their paths were anything but easy and possibly by chance.

Remember why you started looking
If your job search isn’t progressing as well as you would like, it’s worth checking in with yourself to make sure you’re still pursuing a path that you are passionate about. Maybe things are going well in your current role or your focus has shifted elsewhere. Passion is an incredible tool, and job hunts can be hard without it. Remind yourself of the reasons you started on this journey and the end goal you are trying to achieve.


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