Let’s admit it: we all have been there. Another day, another job search on LinkedIn using different variations of the same job. Yet again you have no reply and you close your computer in defeat. Job search is a really challenging thing. But what makes it even more difficult is trying to maintain the motivation even after a long period of rejections.
My experience in the job hunt taught me how crucial it is not to lose heart and give way to despair. So here are my personal top tips on how to be motivated in job search. Apply these simple changes to your job-hunting process and get your motivation revived by focusing more on you than on the resume itself.
1. Make a Detailed To-Do List
In the beginning of the job search, your motivation seemed to be on top and you believed you can manage to go through all the ups and downs of this time-consuming process and wriggle out of a tight situation. However, as the times goes and you still get no response, your motivation becomes much lower until a general task like “redo your CV” or “network” become overwhelming. How to make the job search more manageable? All you need to do is to read your to-do list once again and try to divide it into smaller and more specific tasks.
2. Search for Career Role Models
Nowadays the average job search may take up to eight months before it becomes successful. It’s not surprising that during all that time you experience ups and downs trying to land your dream job. You usually come across job descriptions that require several years of experience and you lose heart.
However, you should remember that not every career path is linear and even the most successful people have come across jumps and loops before they got to where they are today. So, make a break from the job boards and search for people on LinkedIn who already have your dream jobs and work at your dream companies. This will help you realize once again that small steps also count.
3. Look for Constructive Criticism
It’s good to have a few friends who can be not only your fans but also helpful and supportive critics. Constructive criticism from your supporters is another great way of keeping yourself motivated during job search. Feel free to ask your co-worker, friend or lecturer who believed in you to revise, what you have already done, and recommend you what can be improved. Think about what your biggest struggle is or where you actually need help. It can be a job interview or CV formatting. Determine your weakest points and ask for advice from the relevant people.
4. Write Down Your Career Goals
Take some time and think about all the possible big and small dreams you would like to achieve. Then take a piece of paper and write them down. This is a great motivational tip to once again see where you are now and where you would like to be in ten years.
5. Take Time Off
If you start feeling burned out from constant job searching process with no results, don’t forget to take days off and let your brain refocus on the main aims. Also, it’s a perfect option for unwinding your mind and trying to notice what small things you may be missing in chase of your dream job.
These were some of my top tips on how to get motivated in job search. I hope you will find them useful and they will work for you, too.