6 Techniques To Keep Motivated While Job Hunting

  1. Get Real!

Nothing makes you more unmotivated than feeling like a failure. So, whether you’re currently in work and desperately searching for a new job or are unemployed and keen to get back on the career ladder then make sure your job search is realistic.

Take a look at what salary you should be aiming for and see how many jobs are available in your field search. It may take a few months – or indeed longer – for you to find work and require a number of applications and interviews before getting a new job. Don’t be so hard on yourself

2. Reward Yourself

Fired off two CVs this morning? Had a call back for an interview? Celebrate! If you’re short on cash then a reward can be something as little as heading out for a coffee, taking a walk in the sun in the park, even popping out for a quick pint at the pub with a friend. Whatever helps you to maintain your spirit, confidence and relaxation, is a big advantage.

3. Keep It In Perspective

Disheartened by all of the bad headlines? We don’t blame you! The important thing to remember is The Media loves bad news – The doom and gloom of the economy, job cuts……it sells. But there is good news out there for job-seekers… Skills gaps in industries like engineering and IT mean there are more jobs than candidates, green jobs (environmental and renewable energy) are on the increase while flexible hours and short-term  contracts are on the increase and that’s just or starters! There is something for everyone!

4. All work and no play …

… makes Jack a dull boy! To avoid becoming a ‘Billy no mates’ and wearing yourself out, remember to maintain the balance between job hunting and enjoying your life. Take time out with family and friends and make sure you don’t spend hours at a time glued to a computer, looking for work. Nothing will sap your motivation quicker. Create realistic schedules with breaks – and stick to it!

5. Hone Your Search Skills

Remember that quality is better than quantity. Avoid chasing every job vacancy with a mere click on the “apply” icon then uploading a CV and thinking that’ll do it. Spend time getting to know the Company and its products/services. By doing so, you’ll be in a position to formulate a pain letter– More specific to each vacancy than a covering letter and can prove a highly effective tool to demonstrate your soft skills

6. Think Positive

What’s the point, I’ll never get it? Why bother, there are too many people looking for work? That’s a waste of time applying for those jobs. These are all thoughts that naturally enter our minds, when struggling to find a new job. Stop! This will only serve to break your momentum and hinder your job search. Look at every rejection as practice, particularly true of interviews. Where possible, get feedback from a recruiter and identify where you can improve.

Follow our tips and you may not welcome the tones of your alarm clock but you won’t want to hide under the duvet for the entire day.


What motivational techniques do you use? Let us know and we’ll publish your story to help others.

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