Job searching can be frustrating. Use these job search motivation strategies from FlexJobs readers to get through those challenging moments.
22 Job Search Motivation Strategies from FlexJobs Readers
Staying motivated through a job search can be challenging. At the beginning, job seekers often feel optimistic about finding their next job—but even the best job search can have moments of frustration or confusion. Fortunately, there’s some great job search motivation strategies from our FlexJobs members to keep you going!
Here are 22 job search motivation strategies to stay positive and motivated!
1. Set a Job Search Alarm
Deb says, “I set an alarm on my tablet for the same time every day indicating this is my hour or two that I need to search for employment. I make a point that I can’t get up from my computer until I have applied for at least 2-3 positions. Afterward, I treat myself to something like a walk in the park, baking cookies, reading a chapter from a book, taking a nap, etc.”
2. Use “Saved Search” Functions
Libby says, “I have a lot of saved searches on my favorite sites, so I’m able to scan through pretty quickly. I found myself burning out quickly when I was reading every posting in detail, so now I scan quickly and only open those that catch my eye. (Hey—recruiters are scanning our resumes just as quickly, right?!)”
3. Try Meetup.com for Networking
Leigh says, “I looked on meetup.com for a job seekers networking group in my area. I had to go to more than one to find one that was a good fit, but when it did it was a surge of positive energy that gave me renewed motivation.”
4. Set Goals and Look Forward to Obstacles
Diana P. says, “Finding the RIGHT job is not an easy task. It takes patience, perseverance and lot of self-confidence and faith that sooner or later you will succeed. What motivates me? As a genuine Sagittarius, I always set goals, and I do not give up until I achieve them no matter of the obstacles and namely obstacles make us stronger and more sophisticated. So, no matter what, keep smiling and keep walking.”
5. Find One Yes
Meema says, “I tell myself I only need ONE yes. This helps me go through the NO’s, keeping in mind that I am getting closer to that YES.”
6. Think About Getting Back to Work
Enushi says, “Your determination to get back to work…keeps you motivated all the time.”
7. Identify Your Motivation
Helen says, “It’s amazing just how motivated I am in my search, and it’s a pity that employers can’t run their companies based on my needs! Your motivation is there, you just have to identify what it is, and the world will then revolve around it.”
8. Make Time for Hobbies
Mary says, “I stay motivated during my job search by making sure I schedule a time to do something I enjoy, whether it’s working on one of my hobbies or just spending some time curled up with hot tea and a good book!”
9. Do Things You Like
Christine says, “I have a few things that I do: 1. Walk and play with my dog 2. Go outside 3. Stop and take care of anything else: read, clean, laundry, etc.”
10. Don’t Isolate Yourself
Charlotte says, “1- Exercise several days a week. 2- Take breaks and go outside to clear your head when you feel less productive. 3- Don’t stay isolated all day long. Work from a café if necessary to stay connected.”
11. Keep Going
Rob says, “Never give up.”
12. Maintain Your Positivity
Lisa says, “I keep a positive attitude and continue looking every day. I give 100% in every job that comes along, and that keeps me going knowing that I am worth their time. My attitude is if they don’t hire me, that is their loss, not mine. Never give up because good things come to those who wait.”
13. Stay Organized
Violeta says, “Strive to start from an optimistic mindset. Research not only job opportunities but also inspirational stories. Enroll in online courses to improve skills. Keep the applications organized using Excel or Trello.”
14. Know What Boosts Your Well-Being
Jamshid V. says, “Finding a job is a job in itself, so the better I get at job search, the luckier I get. What motivates me: I am always after that perfect job or at least a role that ticks off the points for my ideal role. If I am low on motivation, I get a scrap of paper and write down why I need to be fired up for job search. Bills, family well-being, gym membership (my well-being) and many more. After writing this list down and seeing it every day gives me the motivation to do more job search.
Networking with folks in the industry and building a rapport has become a hobby of mine. The more rapport I have with them the closer I am to getting an interview or secure a role. Now that’s another motivation! In my spare time, I read books that are good for my mind and read less of newspapers. I recommend reading Get The Job You Really Want by James Caan. After reading this book that not only motivated me but made me think outside the box on while doing a job search and writing applications. My motto is ‘it is not over until…’ So folks keep your persistence strong.”
15. Focus on the Best Jobs for YOU
Recheal says, “Find one or two job ads that seem perfect for you, by evening, and work on them, first thing in the morning. Each application you send will bring you a great sense of accomplishment. Take time to celebrate this victory, you will get new motivation each day to search for another (job) opportunity to create another moment of victory.”
16. Play It as a Numbers Game
Emily I. says, “The only way that I can do a sustained job search is to completely separate myself out from the process. I was an independent consultant for a lot of years so job searching or, in this case, assignment hunting was a pretty constant activity. To start out, I consider it a complete numbers game. I create one great resume and one great cover letter and have been known to send out hundreds of these in a week. I do not think about whether or not I want the particular job, which is for after the interview, and I have found that it is impossible to understand a job before that.
I never schedule more than two interviews in a day. I once tried three and just couldn’t handle it. After the interview, I don’t think about it all. It has absolutely no impact on how many emails I send out the next day. In other words, I treat it like a somewhat boring job and do not allow myself to become emotionally involved, by either being happy or rejected.
17. Job Search Outside of Your House
Jasmin says, “To keep motivated I like to change up my ‘work’ (job search) environment. I find I get a lot less distracted by things like laundry or eating etc. when I make plans to do my work at say Starbucks or the library. It gives more structure to the time and place when I need to be focused on looking for work and, of course, the additional treat of a coffee helps with motivation too!”
18. Let Your Hobbies Help Your Job Search
Hayley says, “To stay positive while job searching, I have been turning to one of my hobbies: writing. I’ve always wanted to write children’s stories, so I am taking a course, and already have my first chapter and working title completed!
It got me thinking…so I also started writing a self-help book on staying positive while job searching! In writing this (more for myself, at the moment), it keeps my head in “good space” and has allowed to branch out even further in my writing! It is so easy to become depressed and complacent. This helps me keep up my energy, time management, and it helps hone my skills of proofreading and editing! Hopefully, soon, it will be working in my writing around my new work from home schedule!”
19. Wake Up With a Mantra
Carrie says, “When I wake up I immediately tell myself that I will get the job that works for me, my lifestyle, and my financial well-being. I created my office space and had put it out in the universe, ask, and you shall receive. You have to stay positive, be positive, and think positive and positive things will come. I take breaks throughout the day and on those breaks, I get re-energized and get back to the computer by thinking that the next application will be the one. I do NOT get discouraged.”
20. Eat an Energy-Boosting Diet
21. Be Grateful for What You Already Have
Sara says, “I wake up each morning and look at my beautiful two children. I am looking for the perfect job that will let me find fulfillment in my career while still being an active participant in the lives of my boys. They are my motivation! I want to be around while they are still little, and that is what I am fighting for every time I submit an application. Who says women can’t have it all?”
22. Trade Your Skills for Goods and Services
Ann says, “Once I apply for two jobs, I give myself a break and do something fun – maybe go for a walk, make dinner from scratch (that doesn’t happen when I’m working FT), or make a lunch date with a friend. I have also stepped up my volunteer time. Since I’m not working right now, this gives me that sense of community I miss from working with a team. It also serves as a great networking outlet.
I have also learned that I can trade my skills for something I want—for example since I’m unemployed; I was going to give up my gym membership. The gym owner made a trade with me—I’ll update his website and do some other marketing he needs, and I get a free membership for a few months. This is actually helping me improve my skills and keep them fresh while waiting for that next great job to come along.”
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