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How to stay motivated during your job search

Published: Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Staying motivated and productive during your job search in an ever-changing economy can be tough. Searching for jobs can trigger many emotions and self-doubt, like; will my application be rejected? Am I qualified enough for jobs near me? What are employers looking for? There are many strategies to control the success factors of your job search efforts and mindset that you can put into practice now. Here are 4 top tips on how to stay motivated when searching for jobs in the UK. 

Visualise your future to stay motivated during your job search

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? It might be common (and often uncomfortable) question to answer, but have you really thought about what type of job would suit your future goals? Take some time to write down your long and short-term dreams – professionally and personally – so you can visualise exactly what you want to achieve from a new job, what fulfills you career-wise and inspires you in life. Seeing your goals on paper will motivate you throughout your job search. Think of it as a to-do list for your career. 

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Work on your personal brand

Searching for jobs, especially in competitive industries can be daunting and may cause feelings of rejection or frustration. The key to making yourself stand out in the jobsearch market is having a professional online presence – especially on sites like LinkedInCreatstrong profile by adding your key skills and work history (highlighting key achievements) connect with others and ask for recommendations from past employers. Working on your personal brand before you start applying on job sites can be fun and allows you to present yourself in the best way possible to potential employers. On a platform like LinkedIn, your personal brand is what sets you apart and highlights your value as an employee. 

Have an action plan during your job search

As part of your job hunting strategy, you should have an action plan – which is a great way to instantly make your search more manageable. This may include setting out a daily to-do list of job searching tasksonline networking and weekly review of your jobsearch goals. Having a daily action plan will help you: 

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  • Keep on top of your job hunting and stay motivated to move your career forward. 
  • Stop wasting time on the wrong job applications. 
  • Allow you to re-evaluate your job search goals at any time. 
  • Adapt your CV and online presence content to give you a better prospect of being selected for interviews. 

Part of your action plan should be time allocated to building your online presence, reaching out to direct contacts and following companies online. This will help you expand your network, give you better knowledge of businesses and the people who work there and may lead to more job application opportunities. Whilst networking in your industry, ask people to share some advice on applying for jobs and how they got where they are. This will be valuable advice and can motivate your own job search. 

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Take days off for you

Although searching for jobs can seem all-consuming, it is not healthy to commit all your time and energy to your job search – this can lead to burnout. It is important to get some time off from thinking about searching and applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and networking. To reduce job hunting stress and motivational slump, schedule pre-determined ‘free days’ into your action plan for activities alongside your job searching tasks that make you happysuch as listening to a motivational podcast, going for a walk, or simply having a coffee with a friend. 

Searching for a new job does not have to be daunting every time you open your laptop. By taking the above 4 tips on board you will be better equipped for (and may even enjoy) the job search process. To find new job opportunities, start with a simple search on Zoek.

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