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Tips to Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

Are you knee-deep in your job search journey, feeling like your motivation is taking a hit? Job searching can be a rollercoaster of emotions, from excitement about new opportunities to moments of doubt and frustration. The key is to keep your spirits high and stay motivated throughout the journey. In this blog post I’ll provide you with tips to stay motivated in your job search journey, how your mindset can effect your goals, and how manifestation and practicing gratitude can improve your job search experience. Get ready to crank up the positivity!


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Finding the right job can feel like quite a journey, one filled with challenges and uncertainties. It’s important to recognize that you are not alone in this experience. Many individuals face similar struggles during their job search, whether it’s navigating through countless applications, enduring rejections, or feeling the pressure of uncertainty about the future.

Rest assured, these obstacles are part of the process, and they do not define your worth or potential. Stay resilient, remain determined, and keep on going. Your persistence will lead you to the opportunities you desire. Moreover, you’re not alone in this journey, I am here in the background cheering you on!

Before we get into this post further, I’d love to share some related blog posts that you might be interested in:

How To Automate Your Job Search
Five Job Application Mistakes That Might Be Holding You Back From Landing Interviews
How to Stand Out at a Job Fair
How Many Jobs Should an Active Job Seeker Apply For?

Tips to Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

Now let’s hop to it! Here are seven tips to help you stay on track and maintain your job search motivation!

1.Create A Clear Job Search Goal

Start by defining your job search goals. What kind of role are you looking for? Be clear and concise. Although you might be thinking “I just need a job”, try to get real specific.

What job title do you want to have? What companies do you want to target? Is there a specific industry that you are interested in? Setting specific and achievable goals will give you a clear direction and keep you focused.

2. Create a Schedule and Stay Organized

Treat your job search like a full-time job. Schedule dedicated time each day for tasks like searching for job openings, customizing your resume and cover letter, networking, and following up on applications. When you don’t have a set schedule, you may not remain as invested in your job search and will easily be tempted by distractions. Having a routine will keep you disciplined, focused, and productive.

Keep track of your job applications, contacts, and interviews in a structured manner. Use tools like daily planners, spreadsheets, or calendar and scheduling aps to stay organized. This will ensure you don’t miss any important interviews, deadlines, or post-interview follow-ups.

I have created a job application tracking spreadsheet to help you organize your job search. You can download a copy here.

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3. Celebrate Your Wins and Practice Gratitude

Job searching can sometimes feel like a long journey with no end in sight. This is where the feelings of defeat can set in. When you start feeling defeated, your motivation and mental health might take a turn for the worse. I’ll talk more about this later.

Break everything down into small milestones and celebrate individual achievements. Whether it’s finalizing your resume template that you are going to tailor for each job, securing an interview, getting positive feedback from a hiring manager, or expanding your network by attending a professional networking event – keep track of these milestones. No matter how small, remember these are all the little things that will add up to your success.

Celebrate and remain positive that all of your work will pay off. By using a daily planner and checking off your accomplishments, you’ll create a visual sense that you are doing “all the things” that you need to – to secure the job you are looking for.

In addition to maintaining a daily planner to check off your accomplishments, try using a gratitude journal to help you collect your thoughts and practice appreciation.

Express Gratitude to Maintain Positivity

By regularly expressing gratitude, you train your mind to recognize and appreciate the positive aspects of your life, including small victories and blessings. This practice not only fosters a sense of contentment and well-being but also cultivates a mindset of possibility. You can either grab a plain notebook to jot down and recognize the positive aspects in your life, or you can purchase a gratitude journal with prompts.

4. Get Support

Don’t hesitate to lean on your support system during this time. Reach out to friends, family, colleagues, and mentors for encouragement, advice, and moral support.

Sharing your experiences and challenges can provide an opportunity for “venting” and keep you motivated. You don’t need to hold it in or pretend like everything is going “fine”. I am going to say “we have all been there”, at some point in time and phase of our careers. I am sure your support system can share their experiences and offer tips on what helped them find focus and land the jobs they desired. If you don’t find support within your current network it may be time to branch out and find a professional, someone who can help you stay on track and deliver the feedback you need.

Get Professional Help

If you feel that you cannot get the support you need from your immediate network, then reach out to job search consultants who can help you figure out where you might be going wrong. If you are stuck sending out resumes with no response, chances are you need some resume help or you aren’t applying to jobs that you are qualified for.

My resume template and writing guide can help you through this step! You can download a copy here.

If you land phone or in-person interviews, but fail to receive job offers – then maybe your interview skills might be holding you back.

Here are some blog posts that can help you brush up on your interview skills:

The Best Questions To Ask At the End of a Job Interview
Ace Your Next Job Interview by Mastering Interview Methods Being Used by Hiring Managers and Recruiters
How To Answer Behavioural Questions in a Job Interview Using the STAR Framework

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5. The Power of Manifestation and a Positive Mindset

Maintaining a positive mindset is crucial during the job search. Focus on your strengths, achievements, and the progress you’ve made so far. Visualize yourself succeeding and landing your dream job, and let that optimism drive your actions. If you haven’t heard of using manifestation to help you achieve your goals, now is your time to start.

What is Manifestation?

Manifestation is a concept rooted in the idea that thoughts, beliefs, and feelings can influence the physical world and bring desired outcomes into reality. It’s often associated with practices like visualization, affirmations, and positive thinking. The premise behind manifestation is that by focusing on specific goals and desires with clarity, intention, and positivity, individuals can attract those desired outcomes into their lives.

In simpler terms, manifestation involves using the power of your thoughts and emotions to manifest or bring about what you want in life – “laws of attraction”. This can range from material possessions and career goals to personal growth and well-being. Those who practice and teach manifestation believe that by aligning one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions with their desired outcomes, they can create a more positive and fulfilling reality.

Manifestation techniques may include visualizing your goals as already achieved, repeating affirmations that reinforce your beliefs, practicing gratitude for what you have and what you want to attract, and maintaining a positive mindset.

Here are some books on manifestation that might help you learn more about the power of positive thinking:

Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

Combined, manifestation and gratitude journaling can help you stay motivated, resilient, and open to new opportunities, ultimately increasing your chances of success in your job search.

6. Take Breaks and Practice Self-Care

Job searching can be exhausting, both mentally and emotionally. Don’t forget to take breaks, indulge in activities you enjoy, and prioritize self-care. When I say take breaks, I don’t just mean throughout the day, but take a couple of days off if required. If you have been job searching for a while and are feeling burnt out, its okay to take a couple days off the search to regain some motivation and focus. Come back refreshed and ready to start again. Get a clear mindset and refocus on your end goal.

Whether it’s exercising, meditating, or spending time with loved ones, ensure that you continue to practice self-care through your job search journey. Be kind to yourself and know that you are not alone.

Feelings of Defeat and Rejection When Job Searching

When you’re engulfed in feelings of defeat during your job search, it can inadvertently impact your outcomes.
The negativity and self-doubt that come with defeat can seep into your interactions and overall approach when job searching, leading to a less confident and less appealing presentation to potential employers. This can result in missed opportunities, fewer callbacks, and ultimately, fewer job offers.

It’s important to identify, address, and overcome these feelings of defeat, as maintaining a positive and resilient mindset not only improves your overall well-being but also increases your chances of success in securing job offers.
Remember, the job search journey may have its ups and downs, but staying motivated and persistent will ultimately lead you to success. Keep pushing forward, stay resilient, and believe in yourself—you’ve got this!

I hop you found these tips to stay motivated during your job search helpful! I’m always here in the background cheering you on!