The New Year has kicked off and everyone is talking about resolutions and new beginnings. However, you are still searching for your new beginning which will hopefully start with your new job – as soon as you find it.
But how can you stay motivated after weeks or months of searching with no luck. Here a five tips to help keep your energy up and keep you moving forward:
1. Visualize your future:
Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years? Take advantage of your downtime to list your dreams. Putting them on paper will help you envision exactly what it is you want to achieve. This will not only get you excited, but seeing your dreams in writing can help you think of the incremental steps required to reach your ultimate goal(s).
2. Create a (manageable) daily “to-do” list:
Keep a list that breaks down broad tasks (e.g. networking) into smaller tasks such as: reaching out to two contacts per day, sending your resume to two companies per day, identify three potential employers each day, etc. By doing so, you are making your goals more realistic and attainable – which will motivate you to accomplish more as days go on, as opposed to overwhelming yourself with general (harder to track) goals.
3. Take a day off:
Much like burning out in a job, searching for a job can be just as stressful. Searching for jobs, sending resumes and going on informational interviews week after week, can wear you down making it more difficult to keep your eye on your primary career goals. Plan a day off every now and then. Just like a vacation, taking a break from your job search can help you to feel refreshed and focused, allowing you to be more effective with your efforts. Not to mention, you may (unintentionally) meet a new contact or a possible future employer during your “time off”…
4. Keep active (while gaining skills) through temping:
One of the best ways to stay motivated during a job search is through staying active in the workforce. Not only does it help from a financial perspective during your search, but it helps you possibly gain additional skills that may give you an advantage in securing your dream job. Temping will also allow you to explore new roles and/or industries that may be of interest to you. In addition, temping keeps you “engaged” from a professional perspective. This will help you stay fresh and current (as you gear up for your next interview).
5. Keep the positive in and the negative out:
The more confident you are, the more successful you will be with your job search. Think about your strong qualities and attributes and keep yourself healthy and happy. Expose yourself to positive encouragement and support and avoid the “glass-is-half empty” individuals and influences in your life. This is extremely important – do not let the negative forces get you down. Instead let the positive energy lift you up.
As we all know, the job search journey can be a long one. However, as is the case with anything in life, if you embrace it, make the most of it, and truly “own” it, the results can be extraordinary. Good luck!