Five Tips to Help Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

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A job search can be a long process. It can be frustrating to send out dozens of applications and not hear back, or to get painfully close in the interview stage, only to be unsuccessful at the final hurdle. Getting a job, the right job, isn’t easy, and it can be a discouraging process where you can lose motivation. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and there are lots of people and resources available to support and help you.

For starters, here are our top five tips for staying motivated during your job search.

1. Set realistic goals.

Don’t expect to land your dream job overnight. Set small, achievable goals for yourself, such as applying for one or two per day, or networking with two industry professionals every week. As you achieve these goals, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that will help you stay motivated, and quickly realise that finding the right job for you is more of a journey.

2. Create a schedule and stick to it.

Treat your job search like a job. Start your day at a set time and make sure to schedule time for researching companies, writing and tailoring CVs and cover letters, and networking. Having a schedule will help you stay on track and make the most of your time. Plus, if you feel like your time is limited, try and find time elsewhere, such as during your commute to and from your current job.

3. Take breaks and reward yourself.

Avoid burnout by incorporating regular breaks into your job search routine. Take breaks throughout the day to relax and recharge. And when you reach a goal, reward yourself with something you enjoy. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re not getting the results you want, but it’s important to stay positive. Remind yourself of your skills and experience, and don’t give up.

4. Network with people in your field.

Networking is an invaluable tool for expanding your professional network, discovering potential job openings, and gaining insights from industry experts. Attend industry events, connect with former colleagues or classmates on LinkedIn, and actively participate in online forums related to your field. Building genuine connections can open doors to new opportunities.

5. Use online resources.

There are many online resources available to help you with your job search. Using job boards can help you scope out the sort of skills or qualifications you may need for a job you want as well as educate you of the current job market climate in your search. Use job boards, company websites, and social media to find open positions that align with your skills and interests.

Staying motivated during your job search can be challenging, but by following these tips, you can increase your chances of finding your ideal job. Plus, if you feel like you need 1:1 support, find out how we can help: www.shawtrust.org.uk/what-we-do/whp-pioneer/