How To Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

Nov 5 2010 in Featured, Job Search Strategy, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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How do you stay motivated while in career transition? A candidate asked me to cover this topic.

It’s almost winter … the weekend when we turn the clocks back. If you live in the Northern part of the US, it’s getting colder, the trees have lost their color and most of their leaves, the days are getting shorter, and snow is just around the corner. If you’re out of work, this time of year can be depressing.

Staying motivated and keeping a positive attitude is SO important in your job search. If you’re depressed, interviewers can hear and see it. Even over the phone, recruiters can smell depression a mile away.

How do you keep your motivation up during the dreary winter months, while you’re searching for a job?

Here’s 10 tips:

  1. Set an alarm clock and keep a schedule. Treat your job search just like a job and you’re less likely to feel lost.
  2. Take a walk each morning, no matter how cold or snowy it might be. You finally have the opportunity to get out, get your blood flow going, see some daylight, and get some fresh air. Fresh air and sunlight does WONDERS for your frame of mind. Your dog will thank you too.
  3. Exercise: It doesn’t matter what you do, or how long you do it. Just getting the blood moving through your veins will make you feel better, pump up your adrenaline, and wake you up!
  4. Get out of the house: Make networking lunch appointments. Even if you don’t have lunch meetings, go out for lunch where you can see other people. Panera Bread is an awesome place – Lots of business people have meetings there or work there between meetings, so it’s a networking haven. Plus, there’s free WiFi and bottomless coffee (good coffee too!).
  5. Say hi to people: Step outside your comfort zone to meet at least one new person every day. Where? Everywhere – at Panera, walking on the street, gas station, grocery store, bank. You never know what the person in line at the grocery does – or who they know. Plus, you’ll start looking forward to the new friend you’ll meet today.
  6. Attend networking events: More places to meet people who are in your field, or can connect you to people in your line of work.
  7. Celebrate success: Celebrate every success, no matter how small. Soon you’ll find a reason to celebrate each day. Your celebration can be as small as a piece of chocolate, or as big as a special evening out. It’s Tuesday…WHO HOO!!!
  8. Read a book: Read something you enjoy … something other than emails or industry related reading. Carve an extra 30 minutes per day to read – for fun, relaxation, and your sanity.
  9. Learn or try something new: Take a class, live or elearning, to pick up new skills. This is ESPECIALLY important for IT professionals who must recreate their knowledge base every 3 years to keep their skills up to date.
  10. Eat Healthy: Prepare and make healthy foods. You’ll feel so much better and have more energy. You’re taking a break from having to dine at Chez Toyota for lunch, snarfing down a Big Mac, while driving with your knees.

Readers – How do you stay motivated in your job search? Please share any tips that work for you!


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