It’s no secret that searching for a job can often turn into a grueling process. It doesn’t happen often that one finds the kind of work they are looking for overnight. Typically it requires time, patience and energy. And in the economic times that we are in living in today, where finding the right work can take over 6 months or so, it is easy to get tired, lose steam and get de-motivated. Couple all of this with rejections and it is easy to get disheartened and throw in the towel.
If you are in the job search mode right now, you know what I mean and exactly how this happens. However you also know giving up is not going to help, you must keep going forward. One of the main attributes of a successful job seeker is persistence. Here are few tips to help you stay positive and motivated:
- Your thoughts matter – The first 30 minutes of your day are golden. The thoughts you think as soon as you wake up sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you wake up thinking – ‘Today is going to be another crappy day’. You’re right, it probably will. Your thoughts and beliefs are powerful. While I am not someone who will say – think positive thoughts you will get a job tomorrow, I do believe in the Law of Attraction– you attract what you think and believe. So instead getting up late, set your alarm as if you were going to work, have a shower and take a walk to get some fresh air in your lungs.
- Set daily goals, even if they are small– We all need to feel useful in our daily lives, that keeps us going and feeling good. Since you don’t have a job to go to, it is important that you find things to do to keep your mind pre-occupied and also feel useful, like you did something today. If you don’t have anything concrete to work towards, you have nothing to focus on and will find yourself achieving very little. Make SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) and remember to celebrate when you achieve something. For example – Today I am going to spend 2 hours of my time in the evening volunteering. Or today I am going to spend an hour gardening.
- Set up the right environment– When we are home for long periods of time, it is easy to think – Oh no one is coming to my house, why should I care how my place looks. You can neglect your surroundings and your work area. But clutter and disorganization leads to more of the same. It impacts your mind and as soon as you allow this to add up, and it’s easy to end up feeling de-motivated and negative. Don’t let this happen to you. Organize and set up an area from where you can run your job search with a phone, computer and everything else you might find in an office. If you find yourself getting tired sitting in the space, move around or even go to a coffee shop or someplace for a change of pace.
- Don’t neglect yourself– No matter how long it takes for you to find something, try and maintain a healthy routine – eating right, sleeping well and regular exercise will keep your body and mind fit.
- Create a support network– It’s important to surround yourself with others who are in the same job search boat but remember they should be positive individuals and not negative. This alliance can help job seekers share experiences, give advice, form friendships and be a way of letting out inner feelings.
- Enjoy the process– Job hunting is a time of transition and change and it can also be a very important time for self-development. Use this period to reassess your goals, find out what you really want to do and engross yourself in making yourself the best you can be. If you disliked your previous job, don’t look for a job in the same profession. Find out what you didn’t like about it and spend sometimes figuring out what you would like instead.
Remember desperation during a job search is never the right answer. If you have found what you love to do, keep persisting, be patient and stay motivated.