One of my favourite quotes is from the comedian Mickey Flannigan who said it took him 15 years to be an overnight success and job hunting requires the same sort of dedication, although hopefully it won’t take you 15 years!
Job-hunting can be frustrating and at times a little soul destroying, particularly if you’ve been doing it for a while. It can be hard to stay strong and positive. It will be rare that your first application will land you the job.
I know it’s clichéd, but the only person who can motivate you, is you, so here’s a few tips to help you.
- Make sure you have a group of people who you can talk to and ask advice from – friends, family, partner etc.
- Treat job hunting as your job. Don’t lie in bed all day hoping someone will knock on the door with your perfect job. Spend time and effort searching.
- Make a “to do” list, it will help focus of what you’re trying to do and there’ll also be a sense of achievement when you tick everything off!
- Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses, and stick them somewhere you can see them!
- Networking is a great thing to do. Our previous blog has lots of tips as to how to do it effectively. But, who do you know in the same business as you? Drop them a line, arrange to go for a coffee, don’t assume they know you’re in the market for a new job.
- Be active on Social Media, keep an eye on what events are happening locally, is a new business moving into your area, are they likely to be recruiting? Is there a job fair or networking event you can go along to? Make connections with people who you might like to work for.
- When applying for a job, make sure you know what you’re applying for. Research the company, research the position and make sure you’re prepared for anything they might ask you.
- If you’re not having success at interviews then ask for feedback, you’re entitled to do this and might help the next time you go for an interview.
- If you’re spending all day inside job hunting, make sure you take a break and get some fresh air. A walk or change of scenery will help clear your mind and re-focus you.
- Get a part time job. This will mean you have some money coming in, you’re meeting people and you never know where it might lead.
Staying motivated is hard, but being positive and enthusiastic will show through to any potential employers and when they ask you what motivates you (and let’s face it that question always comes up) you can honestly say you can motivate yourself!