A period of unemployment is not an easy time for anyone. Staying motivated throughout the job hunt can be difficult if it feels like you are getting nowhere. Here are some top tips to help you stay motivated throughout the length of your job hunt.
Get Dressed Everyday
It may sound like a very simple thing to suggest but it is also incredibly important. You have to put yourself into a positive mindset to best achieve results and part of that is still completing your morning routine as usual.
Go to the gym, get dressed, do your hair, apply makeup; if any of these things are in your morning routine then you should make sure that you are still doing them. It could mean all the difference to your mindset.
Set a Daily Goal
You should have a daily goal of applications you want to make. It can be as ambitious or as easy as you like but aim for an absolute minimum of about three applications a day. With a minimum target like this, you can relax a little with your own criteria. Apply for jobs which you think you would never normally go for. You never know, you might get an interview for a job which you thought you would never be able to do!
Use an Executive Staffing Agency
Approaching an executive search firm takes some of the stress out of a job search. Submit an application to them and they will work to match you against some of their existing vacancies. You never know what they might dig up for you.
Some agencies, like TruPath, have connections all over the country. They have more than 15 years in business so can quickly connect businesses with candidates. If you are willing to move for a job, they may be able to offer you some amazing opportunities elsewhere. Sometimes you have to take the leap of faith; take a job, move, and fall in love with a new area!
Take Time Away
One of the most important aspects of a job search is the active need for self-care. Treat the job search like a 9-to-5 and stop in adequate times. Don’t forget to do the things which make you who you are. If you have a hobby or a class you like to go to, you should not stop. Maintaining a sense of normalcy in your life will help to counteract some of the stress and uncertainty of the job search.
Why not consider taking up something new? If there is a new hobby that you have always thought about trying then now might be just the time to get started. Keep your mind busy and you will have less time to worry about the job search.
Staying positive during a seemingly fruitless job search can be incredibly difficult. Take time for yourself, take time for your loved ones, and rest knowing that your search will come to an end. There are many resources out there which will all work hard to find you the job of your dreams, no matter what it might be.