Motivation in the job search is something that isn’t talked about as frequently as it should be, as it allows you to maximise your efforts, getting more from the overall process. However, the job search can be a tough ride, draining you of your enthusiasm and motivation quickly if not done correctly. In this blog article we'll give you 5 tips as how to best stay motivated through your job search, ensuring that the process runs as smoothly as it can.
1. Set measurable goals
Setting small goals keeps you motivated in your search, even when things may not be moving as quickly as you want them to be. You can either set weekly or daily goals, but by ensuring that they are specific allows you to track you progress, so a good example of a measurable goal could be ‘Week 1: Apply for 5-10 key jobs’. This allows you to have an end goal in mind so that it keeps you on track and you have something to mark yourself against. It also allows you to be able to look back through the job search as a whole and see what you have achieved.
2. Focus on the things you can control
When looking for a job there are things you can control and things that you cannot control, this is something you need to simply accept. For example you cannot control the industry, or how many jobs may appear any given day. However things you can control such as your CV and your industry knowledge, these are aspects you should focus all of your time on, as these are things you can improve and better. By ensuring you focus your time on things that you can change allows you to be in control.
3. Constructive criticism
Constructive criticism is an invaluable tool that helps you to improve and better yourself, by surrounding yourself with people who are not afraid to help you in a constructive manner allows you to gain an insight into how you can better yourself. Ensuring you are welcoming to your criticisms is as important as anything in the process, as you need the mind-set to be able to take on board the feedback.
4. Build your network
Building a personal network in your field can play a big role in looking for a job, as it ensures you are connected and aware of what people in your field are doing, keeping you updated and looking proactive. This will also help when it comes to interview as you will be able to highlight any key trends or knowledge about the sector. Finally, it also helps you to gain and improve your reputation amongst the peers you want to place yourself, by showing you are keeping an active profile, even when potentially out of work.
5. Learn to take rejection
This may be the most important one of all, learning to move on and accept rejection, as there will be a point when you get rejected, sometimes for a role you thought in your mind you were a perfect fit for (it happens). You need to be able to not dwell on the negatives and not taking the news personally, realise that it wasn’t to be and look ahead to the next opportunity. When you are able to accept rejection your job search will improve drastically and allow you to focus on the opportunities on the horizon, not the ‘could’ve been’ role that didn’t work out.