When you first start your job search you are likely to be all gung-ho. You’re feeling pretty good about your skills and the education you may have recently completed. You just know that the perfect job is out there waiting for you – all you have to do is find it!
But sometimes, that job search goes on a little longer than you thought it would. Or maybe a lot longer. And the motivation starts to wane. You dread looking at your resume and you don’t think you can manage just one more cover letter. The idea of heading to a networking event makes you want to crawl into bed and hide under the covers and your interview suit is hiding at the back of your closet because you can’t stand to look at it anymore.
What do you do to keep motivated during a job search? Here are a few tips that are sure to keep the motivation high.
1. Get on LinkedIn and join some groups
LinkedIn is a great place to find motivation because of their groups. There are groups for every field you can imagine, plus there are also groups specifically for job searchers. Look for groups that have informative and helpful posts and lots of conversation. The more activity in the group the more motivation you are likely to find. They are a great place to ask questions and even find good leads for places that are hiring. Human Resources people often lurk in these groups to find people that are worthy of being recruited so always be on your best behavior.
2. Stop watching the news
Yes, it is good to stay up-to-date with what is going on in the world but if you are constantly watching for signs of “better times” in the job market you’re not likely to find it there. It can be down right depressing to hear day in and day out about the unemployment rates. You need to stay positive so take a break from the news. Look for positive stories instead because those stories are out there, too.
3. Surround yourself with positive people
How difficult is it to stay motivated when the people you hang out with are always telling you horror stories about someone they know that has been unemployed for x number of years? Avoid people like this like the plague! Instead, hang out with people that talk positively about their jobs, love life, and encourage you by reminding you about how great you are.
4. Find new ways to network
Networking does not have to be boring. Who says you have to do all of your networking at events and functions? Have you ever tried networking in a food court near a place you’d like to work? Or how about at a volunteer activity? There are literally hundreds of places you could be networking so experiment and have fun with it.