Job hunting can be a frustrating endeavor. Sometimes it takes a while to find your perfect fit. In the meantime, it can get discouraging to face rejection or go to an interview and never hear back.
The critical part of a job search, though, is to keep trying. Eventually, you’ll find a job that will work for you. While you look, you need to keep hope and stay motivated. The brighter and more driven you are, the more likely you are to find success.
The gold news is that there are a variety of ways you can keep your spirits high during your job hunt.
1) Take the Time to Get Organized
The first thing you can do to stay motivated can help you in your job search before you ever reach your first obstacle. Organization can go a long way in keeping yourself in order and reduce the stress that arises when things don’t go smoothly.
Take a look at your resume and make sure everything is updated. Do you have your latest job listed? Are your references up-to-date? Is your LinkedIn profile updated? These details will help you land a job faster because it will impress potential employers.
On the day you have an interview, set everything up the night before. Set your alarm and choose your outfit the night before. Make sure to leave early enough on the day of your interview that you don’t have to worry about uncontrollable variables, such as traffic.
The last thing you want is to show up to your interview late and frazzled. When you walk in, and you feel put together for the meeting, you are more likely to perform with confidence.
2) Create a Schedule
During a job search, it can be natural to tire of looking at jobs. As such, you might find yourself dreading getting to the computer or going out to look for companies that are hiring.
The best way to stay motivated to look for jobs is to force yourself to keep looking. Schedule time each day that you will dedicate to job hunting. Make it a routine that you’ll stick to rather than something you have to remember to do each day.
3) Rely on Support
Whether you are looking for a job or dealing with other stress in your life, your support system can go a long way. Allow your friends, family, or any other form of support system you have to help you throughout your search.
At the very least, you should take time away from your job search to spend with your support group, so you don’t get burnt out by doing the same thing over and over.
Your support group can also be helpful to prepare yourself for an interview or application as well. If you want a second set of eyes to look over your resume and cover letter or practice your elevator pitch, your support system is there to give you feedback.
If you are looking to create a support system, it can often be helpful to reach out to other current job searchers. This way, you can all share your experiences, tips, and prepare together for the best results.
4) Look for Companies You Love
In the middle of a job search, it can be disheartening to realize you’re applying to jobs that you don’t want. To keep yourself motivated, try to stay on track by looking for employment with companies you like or jobs that allow you to work your way up the ladder in your career.
At the very least, you want to make sure you go into an interview knowing all you can about the company you are applying for. This shows your potential employer that you are interested in furthering the company rather than just getting a paycheck. In real life, not knowing who the head of the company is or what the company does like in the film The Devil Wears Prada, you probably won’t get the job.
5) Learn from Failure
A common problem that many come to in the face of failure is to equate it to not being good enough. However, failure can be useful on the path to success.
When you have a failed interview, take a look back on it. Is there something you would do differently? Did the interviewer give you any feedback? In general, what can you work on? Take the lessons you’ve learned through failure and use them moving forward to find success.
It’s also important to understand that sometimes, failure happens. You might have thought that you were the perfect fit only for someone even more qualified to pull the rug from under your feet. If you let these failures get to you, your job search is going to be extremely difficult. Understand that sometimes things don’t go your way and when that happens, you have to move forward.
6) Don’t Overwork Yourself
We mentioned earlier that it could be beneficial to create a schedule for your job search. For example, setting aside a few hours each day to search is a good idea. If you make your schedule heavy, on the other hand, you can burn yourself out.
If instead of a few hours, you look for jobs from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, you’ll exhaust yourself, and you might have little to show for it. Often, it can be beneficial to take a few hours or even a day off from your search. This gives you time to regroup and come back to your search with a fresh and energized perspective.
7) Remember Your Goal
It’s a little cliche to say you have to remember that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s true. Your job search is a temporary stage that will transition into you having a job that you love or at least allows you to grow into your goal.
One of the best ways to do this is to write your goals down on a piece of paper. When you have an off day or your job search seems overwhelming, take a second to look at that paper and remember why you are searching so hard for the right fit.